Chase Daniel Talks Chiefs’ Offense


Mar 13, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel speaks to media during the press conference at The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs have a new head coach, a new GM and a bunch of new QBs, which means they’ll also have a brand new offense in 2013.

When GM John Dorsey was hired, he basically gutted the QB depth chart, cutting Matt Cassel and allowing Brady Quinn to depart in free agency. Dorsey then traded for QB Alex Smith and picked up Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray in free agency. The only holdover from 2011 is former draft pick Ricky Stanzi.

Reporters caught up with Daniel, who figures to be the Alex Smith’s primary backup this season, and asked him about the Chiefs’ offense after practice.

The former New Orleans Saint agreed that the Chiefs are going to get multiple guys involved on offense.

“That’s what I think this offense is going to do,” said Daniel. “We are really going to be focusing on spreading the ball around. I think that’s something that Coach Reid has really harped to our running backs, tight ends, wide receivers. We’re getting everybody involved, catching the balls in the back field, throwing quick game, sweeps, isos, leads, but right now we’re working on the fundamentals and basics before doing that stuff.”

The Chiefs need to work on the fundamentals. One of the offense’s biggest problems in 2012 was turnovers and lack of focus. There is a nice mixture of old and new faces on the KC offense this season so if Reid can change some of the bad habits early on, the Chiefs could have a much easier time moving the ball in 2013.

“We’re still learning all of the tempos that we have on offense,” said Kelce. “We’re throwing a lot at the rookies. The installs will pretty much be the same when the veterans get here, but we’ll throw a little more at the guys. Since we have three practices here, it will get three installs in front of these guys. Then when the veterans get here we will reinstall that stuff so they will see it twice. It will be a good base for us.”