For the most part, it has been a strong offseason for the Kansas City Chiefs.
John Dorsey and his staff have done a pretty solid job of retaining and adding talent to what was already a strong roster. The result of his work is that most pundits believe the Chiefs will remain a quality football team in 2016. Many even put Kansas City in line to win the AFC West, and possibly even the Super Bowl. That’s a dramatic step forward from the mess of an organization that he inherited in 2013.
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Among Dorsey’s victories is the retention of several core defensive players in Tamba Hali, Jaye Howard, and Derrick Johnson. That was far from a given outcome, especially for Howard. Dorsey also shocked many fans and pundits when he added the consensus best right tackle in the NFL, Mitchell Schwartz.
Of course, there are some detractors out there. Certainly the loss of Sean Smith has garnered a lot of ire from many fans. A bit much, in my opinion, but it is still understandable that some fans don’t like the loss.
Losing Jeff Allen was also frustrating for many, especially considering the current perception of a hole at the left guard spot. There have also been some complaints about how the team has handled Justin Houston’s injury situation. That’s unfair in my book because Houston was cleared by Dr. James Andrews, who is the preeminent expert on ACL injuries. And the team fully expects Houston to play this year.
But overall, the good outweighs the bad this offseason…by quite a bit. But that doesn’t mean John Dorsey can sit around patting himself on the back. In fact, his job is far from done. Because while this may be a slow time for the fans, media, and even most players, most General Managers are still working hard. And Dorsey should be no exception. There are several key issues that he should be meeting head on right now to help keep the Chiefs roster moving forward for 2016 and beyond.
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