At some point, John Dorsey needs to step in and start making corrections. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Overall, John Dorsey has done a fine job. He has brought in the talent that took this team from being a 2-14 nothing to playoff contenders each of the past two years. Hard to complain about that. However, he does have his share of mistakes, and some of them have been pretty critical.
On the offensive line, I’m not going to fault him for the decisions to let Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz, and Jon Asamoah leave. All of them got paid well at their next gigs, and all of them have been up and down with injuries. In the cases of Albert and Schwartz, that really wasn’t hard to see coming. Both have been dealing with injuries for a while now. Asamoah lost his starting job on the offensive line, so it made sense to let him walk. And that continued in Atlanta where he lost his starting job and eventually made his way to the Injured Reserve.
I will, however, fault Dorsey for how he has replaced those guys. Eric Fisher has not panned out well for a first overall pick. The Chiefs went through three players at right tackle after we moved Fisher to the left side…just to end up with Fisher right back at right tackle! There was some strange affinity for former Colts linemen last year despite the fact that they were former Colts linemen. And right guard…right guard has literally cost us the internal organs of our starting quarterback!!!!
At some point, we need to get some stability on this front five.
It is very tough seeing a division rival starting to succeed with a guy your team should have taken. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Listen, I understand the reasoning behind getting Alex Smith in 2013. It was actually a smart move, and it paid off. But surely he wasn’t the long-term option for this team. I mean, he is still Alex Smith. At what point do the Chiefs get serious about finding a real quarterback to lead this team into the future? Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater are both looking pretty nice right now. Nick Foles? Surely Andy Reid could have made that work since, you know, he did before! The Chiefs have got to get into the mix for finding a quality franchise quarterback.
What a perfect segway…talking about the quarterbacks we passed on (Carr and Bridgewater) and moving to the guy we took instead. Or did we? I’m not entirely sure because we almost never see him on the field! I know that Houston and Hali are a great starting combo…but you still have to find a way to get Ford onto the field. He won’t develop the skills he needs without some quality playing time. Heck, you could even use him at inside linebacker, especially now with Mauga out. Get the guy on the field. The only way you waste his talent is by not using him!
Next: A lot of work to do