Dec 7, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Chiefs 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
There has been a lot of excitement around the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and with good reason. The holes on the team seemed pretty evident at the end of last year, and to a degree, they have been addressed.
Kansas City has the sole bragging rights to saying it beat each of the teams in last season’s Super Bowl. So when it appears there is going to be a noticeable advance for a team that was already good, but inconsistent, there is reason for anticipation.
But before we start fantasizing about a return to the Super Bowl to mark its 50th anniversary, let us take a look at several of the unknowns that still surround this team heading into the summer.
This was the area needing the most improvement last year, and has certainly received offseason attention from the Chiefs front office. As Matt Verderame (editor note: Verderame is a complete hack) writes here, the position group should be much improved. But as Verderame also notes, several of these improvements are based on past performance in other systems (Ben Grubbs) and having more time in this offense (Eric Fisher and Zach Fulton).
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So while it is reasonable to think that the line will improve, most of that optimism is based on projections of how several different players will develop and gel together over the next few months of preparations.
This group has nowhere to go but up. At the same time, how much more they can achieve than their predecessors will be borne out over the season.
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