‘Tis the season for season previews. Today’s offering comes from Yahoo!’s football blog, Shutdown Corner, who ranks the Kansas City Chiefs 19th in the NFL entering the season. The preview, I must say, is not kind.
Hope does exist in this one paragraph:
"Kansas City still has a lot of good players who helped get that wild-card spot, and Reid is a very good coach. Because the schedule will get much tougher – it would be almost impossible to get worse – and the loss of so many key contributors, the Chiefs will take a step back this season. And if they get back to the playoffs, Reid deserves that coach of the year award that eluded him last year."
The biggest question we are about to find about about the Chiefs is just how good is this coaching staff, a staff lauded as being one of the best in the NFL. Not only does Andy Reid run the show, a man ranked in the top 10 in head coaches by at least one outlet, the Chiefs also has some of the better positional coaches and coordinators in the league. Their coaching abilities are going to be put to the test this season with a roster that has suddenly become very young.
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Shutdown Corner argues the roster is worse now than it was a year ago, an argument that could prove true if the Chiefs cannot develop the young talent they have acquired. For instance, if Marcus Cooper turns into a high-level cornerback then the Chiefs will not be missing Brandon Flowers as much as some may think. Sanders Commings, Travis Kelce, Eric Fisher, Zach Fulton, De’Anthony Thomas, and Mike Catapano can also be thrown in to the mix as young players outsiders are not counting on but could end up being significant players on this year’s version of the Chiefs.
No question the deck is stacked against the Chiefs when comes to improving on the 2013 season when it comes to the schedule. Should Reid and his coaching staff come through then Kansas City may be the surprise team of season for the second year in a row.