The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2013 season with an 11-5 record and made the playoffs. They started off amazing winning 9 straight. Everyone thinking that new coach Andy Reid might have a chance to go perfect for the year entering the bye week unbeaten. An amazing thing happens, the Chiefs return from the bye week and drop their next 5 out of 7 and barely make the wild card against the Indianapolis Colts. It gets really unpredictable when in that wild card game, they are winning 38-10 at the half and lose the game in an amazing finish by QB Andrew Luck and the Colts, 45-44. Now that is the definition of an up and down year.
Impact of free agency on the Kansas City Chiefs 2014 season
The Chiefs were restricted making moves because of salary cap issue and had to watch some of their key players sign with other teams. Big losses that will negatively impact the Chiefs are: T Branden Albert, G Jon Asamoah, WR Dexter McCluster, FS Quintin Demps, NT Jerrell Powe and Guard Jeff Schwartz. Only have 5 draft picks didn’t help and I think he Chiefs made a huge mistake taking DE Dee Ford with heir first round pick. They needed to draft a WR like Marqise Lee or draft a need position of a player that they lost in the free agency. I am not sure if any of their signings weren’t desperate attempts at trying to find low cost diamond in the rough replacements. I do understand they were salary cap restricted but I feel sorry for QB Alex Smith and wonder how long till the no protection and lack of receivers comes to make Kansas City and extremely one dimensional team on the offensive side of the ball. Most teams will start stacking the box and blitzing almost every down playing press coverage and I am expecting lots of sacks and lots of turnovers.
Players lost in the off season to other teams
- Branden Albert, T–6th season, signed by The Miami Dolphins
- Jon Asamoah, G–4th season, signed by The Atlanta Falcons
- Quintin Demps, FS–6th season, signed by The New York Giants
- Tyson Jackson, DE–5th season, signed by The The Atlanta Falcons
- Akeem Jordan, ILB–7th season, signed by The Washington Redskins
- Kendrick Lewis, FS–4th season, signed by The Houston Texans
- Dexter McCluster, WR–4th season, signed by The Tennessee Titans
- Jerrell Powe, NT–3rd season, signed by The Houston Texans
- Rashad Ross, WR–Rookie, signed by The Washington Redskins
- Geoff Schwartz, G–5th season, signed by The New York Giants
Players signed in free agency from other teams
- Cory Grissom, DT–Rookie, signed from The New England Patriots
- Otis Hudson, G–2nd season, signed from The Cincinnati Bengals
- Jeffrey Linkenbach, G–4th season, signed from The Indianapolis Colts
- Joe Mays, ILB–6th season, signed from The Houston Texans
- Ryan McKee, T–Rookie, signed from The St. Louis Ram
- Chris Owens, CB–5th season, signed from The Miami Dolphins
- Vance Walker, DT–5th season, signed from The Oakland Raiders
- J’Marcus Webb, OT–4th season, signed from The Minnesota Vikings
Can The Kansas City Chiefs make it to the playoffs in 2014?
Gonna be a long year and a continuance of what happened in the second half of the 2013 season with long stretches of losing streaks. They lost too much and gained little in either the draft or free agency. I expect the Chiefs to win no more than 7 games and dropped 9 finishing out of the 2014 playoffs and out of the playoff picture. I wonder if Andy Reid is just too burnt to be an effective head coach and may need to step away from the game for a few years or just retire.
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