Chiefs’ question marks have produced in 2015


The Kansas City Chiefs had plenty of questions entering Week 1 of the 2015 National Football League season.

Could Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson come back and play at a respectable level? Would Eric Berry really be able to overcome cancer and play football for a full campaign? Could Marcus Peters keep his head on straight and play up to his perceived potential? Would Jeremy Maclin live up to his massive five-year, $55 million deal?

While the team was expected to make the playoffs and be a force in the AFC, there was plenty of conjecture going into Sept. 13 when the Chiefs played the Houston Texans. Luckily for general manager John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid and millions of fans, it has come up aces almost across the board.

DeVito has been the least impactful of the group, sustaining a pair of concussions while registering just 18 tackles and two sacks. It seems DeVito will be gone after this season, especially if Dorsey can ink Jaye Howard to a new deal.

On the flip side, Johnson has returned from his torn Achilles to author one of the best seasons of his career. The 33-year-old has 106 tackles with four sacks, only a half-sack off his career best. Johnson has shown the elite sideline-to-sideline movement and instincts that will have him in the team’s Hall of Fame one day.

Then there is Berry, who earned a Pro Bowl berth last week. Berry has exceeded all reasonable expectations, playing like a heat-seeking missile. The former All-Pro (and hopefully, a 2015 All-Pro) ranks third on the team with 61 tackles and a pair of interceptions. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma only a year ago, Berry is provided his best season.

Berry’s partner in the secondary, Mr. Peters, has been nothing short of sensational. Peters was dismissed from his college team at the University of Washington because of his lousy conduct, but he has been a driving force. Peters has ripped off eight interceptions, tied for the league led. Peters also has two touchdowns and a Pro Bowl nod, giving ample reason to believe Dorsey hit the jackpot.

Finally, Maclin has been everything Chiefs fans could have hoped for and them some. Many believed that Maclin would suffer from playing in a system with Alex Smith at the controls, but that has not been the case. Maclin and Smith have beautiful chemistry to the tune of 84 catches and 1,034 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.

Which has been the biggest surprise for you, Addicts?