Chiefs podcast: Reflections on the offseason youth movement

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Special guest B.J. Kissel from KC Sports Network joins the podcast to talk about a surprising Chiefs offseason that ushered in a new youth movement.

This Kansas City Chiefs offseason has been one to remember. In fact, no matter how it goes down, it will remain one to recall as it will serve as the primary way we will likely judge Chiefs general manager Brett Veach.

The Chiefs came into this offseason with a familiar set of horses upon which the team rode for the last several seasons. It’s a core group of players on both sides of the ball who helped deliver four consecutive home games for the AFC Championship, two Super Bowl appearances, and one Lombardi Trophy.

Given that the team needed a complete offensive meltdown in the conference championship last winter to stop them from a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, it made sense to think the Chiefs would maintain that core and ride into another season with the same pack at work.

This offseason, however, the Chiefs have ushered in a new youth movement. Tyrann Mathieu walked in free agency. Tyreek Hill was traded away. Anthony Hitchens was released. Frank Clark’s deal was restructured, making it clear he’s done after this coming season. Instead, the Chiefs drafted 10 players, their biggest class since 2008 (when they had 12 picks) and brought in young free agents like Justin Reid and JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Our latest episode of the Arrowhead Addict podcast takes a closer look at this youth movement and a surprising offseason of transactions with a special guest in B.J. Kissel from KC Sports Network. Kissel is a former Chiefs team reporter for six years who is now leading his own media company covering all kinds of sports in the region. Here he tells us about his time at Arrowhead, why he’s bullish on Frank and Tyrann, and what he thinks of the youth movement.

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