7-15-14: After two subpar seasons in a row, star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has reportedly dropped over 10 pounds in an effort to improve his play and extend his career. The Chiefs need all the help they can get out of their former stud receiver, as they failed to add an impact performer to their passing game. More of that help could come from the tight end position, however, as KC is expected to incorporate more two-tight end packages within the offense. That could mean more of an impact from second-year pass-catcher Travis Kelce. Quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs have still not agreed to a long-term pact. The quarterback enters 2014 in a contract year and will become a free agent following the season if the two sides can’t come to an agreement.
6-5-14: Alex Smith highlights the latest action coming out of Kansas City, as he still hasn’t landed a long-term contract with KC. A big reason why is Smith reportedly wants “top tier money”. It could be hard for a long-term deal to get done if Smith sticks to his guns, as he’s viewed more as a “game manager” than a truly elite passer. While the progression of those talks will likely rule KC’s offseason, the Chiefs did lock up first round pick Dee Ford. Ford is a little undersized but is expected to come in and provide a spark to Kansas City’s already explosive pass rush. The Chiefs may still have issues at tight end heading into 2014, as talented second-year man Travis Kelce (knee) still doesn’t have a clear return date.
5-19-14: The Kansas City Chiefs went into this year’s draft looking for a stud wide receiver or tight end, as well as some help in the secondary. They only got some of that. They didn’t have a ton of picks to work with thanks to losing a second round choice in the Alex Smith trade, but hopefully still nabbed some difference-making talent. Let’s see how the draft unfolded for them as we analyze their new draft class:
Round 1. Pick 23 Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Round 3. Pick 23 Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Round 4. Pick 24 De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Round 5. Pick 23 Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Round 6. Pick 17 Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee
Instead of going after a stud wide receiver, tight end or defensive back in round one, the Chiefs opted for defense. While Dee Ford is undersized and a slight reach here, it’s hard to blame KC, as they had very little depth with their pass rush beyond their starters. Ford will have to prove he’s a good fit for rush linebacker in the Chiefs’ 3-4 system, but is still potentially a terrific pick.
Kansas City waited a little long on corner thanks to no second round pick, but they did add some depth and competition via Rice’s Phillip Gaines. While they didn’t get a wide receiver or tight end at all in this draft, they did at least replace the departed Dexter McCluster with one of the draft’s most explosive offensive weapons. De’Anthony Thomas is undersized, but should be able to help out as a rusher, receiver and return man.
5-9-14: The Kansas City Chiefs might have considered a stud wide receiver with the 23rd overall pick, but once they saw Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford on the board, it looks like they just couldn’t resists. The Chiefs actually already have two very good starting outside linebackers for their 3-4 scheme, but Ford’s speed on the edge gives them a third elite pass rush presence. Next time one of their starting outside linebackers goes down with an injury, they won’t miss a beat.
4-28-14: The Kansas City Chiefs need to keep adding talent to their aggressive defense. They started off hot with a 9-0 start and a dominant defense, but really withered down the stretch. Adding another pass rusher and some secondary depth should help them avoid that in 2014. Their biggest concerns have to be on offense at this point, however, where they are regressing at wide receiver and have no real playmaker at tight end. Right away in round one, KC will give long looks at both positions, as they consider guys like Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham and possibly even Jace Amaro. Kansas City will also want to beef up the depth on their offensive line after losing some solid talent in free agency.
4-18-14: The Kansas City Chiefs preseason schedule gets going at home against the Cincinnati Bengals in week one, as Andy Dalton and co. come to town. KC fans will see more of the starters come week two, however, when Jamaal Charles and co. will take it to the Panthers in Carolina. Here the Chiefs will get a clean look at their defense as they try to figure out the elusive Cam Newton, while the awesome can start to find themselves against a tough Panthers defense. Week three offers even more exposure for the KC starters, when Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings come to Kansas City. The Chiefs’ best preseason game of August arguably comes in week four, though, when most of the starters will probably rest up in a road game against the Green Bay Packers.
Kansas City spent most of their offseason losing quality talent, as offensive weapon Dexter McCluster bolted for Tennessee, offensive tackle Branden Albert fled for Miami and guard Geoff Schwartz went to the Giants. In fact, the Chiefs even lost defensive end Tyson Jackson, guard Jon Asamoah and safety Kendrick Lewis. Vance Walker was the highlight of free agency, as KC stole the defensive tackle away from the Oakland Raiders to deploy up front in their 3-4 scheme. Joe Mays was a quiet but solid signing, as well, but the Chiefs will enter the 2014 NFL Draft in search of a difference maker at wide receiver and overall depth across the board.
3-21-14: The Kansas City Chiefs took the NFL world by surprise in 2013, winning their first nine games and getting to the playoffs after a horrific 2-14 season the previous season. Their moves in free agency, however, have been another story. KC let third down and return specialist Dexter McCluster jet to Tennessee, while also letting key offensive linemen Branden Albert and Geoff Schwartz sign elsewhere. While the Chiefs lost some key talent and failed to make any huge splashes, they did at least add some decent depth with linebacker Joe Mays and defensive lineman Vance Walker. A quiet free agency period for the rising Chiefs will hopefully be followed by a monster showing in this year’s draft.
1-7-14: The Kansas City Chiefs started 2013 9-0 behind a gritty, hard-nosed defense. That defense eroded down the stretch and somehow helped spawn a healthy offense. The trend only continued into the Chiefs’ first round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, as KC poured it on early, taking a 38-10 lead in Indy. Then the bad defense returned. The Chiefs let Andrew Luck and the Colts back in the game in the second half, and eventually gave up their 28-point lead in a heart-breaking 45-44 loss.
Jamaal Charles exited the game with a concussion after just three carries and the Chiefs endure several other key injuries, but aren’t likely to be able to use those as excuses as their off-season comes early. It was still a highly successful season for first year head coach Andy Reid, however, as the Chiefs bounced back from a 1-15 finish in 2012 to go 11-5 and make the playoffs.
12-31-13: Kansas City couldn’t change their playoff seed in week 17, so instead of risking any needless injuries, the Chiefs marched into San Diego with their backups. They almost came away with a win. Knile Davis and Chase Daniel combined for three scores and almost pulled off the upset, but couldn’t hold onto a late 10-point lead in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Chargers.
12-24-13: Perhaps the Chiefs were saving their “A” game for a potential playoff clash with the Indianapolis Colts. KC fans will have to hope so. Jamaal Charles was the bright spot with 100+ yards and a touchdown, but the Chiefs didn’t score again after their opening drive, falling to Indy at home, 23-7.
12-17-13: Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles went off and the Oakland Raiders simply couldn’t keep up in a huge 56-31 win for the Chiefs. Charles piled on nearly 200 receiving yards and found the end-zone five times, while Smith added five touchdown passes in a ridiculous offensive display as the Chiefs secured a playoff spot with their 11th win of the year.
12-10-13: After dropping three straight games following a 9-0 start, the Chiefs badly needed to get a win in week 14. Luckily they were facing the Washington Redskins. KC’s vaunted defense returned to form and the special teams unit returned two touchdowns to help the Chiefs dominate on the road, 45-10.
12-3-13: Alex Smith led a spirited drive late in week 13, but the Denver Broncos batted down his final pass in the end-zone, as the Chiefs dropped their third straight after starting the season 9-0. KC held a solid 21-7 lead early in this one, but too much Peyton Manning (five touchdowns) and Eric Decker (four touchdowns) proved costly in a 35-28 home loss.
11-26-13: A week after their first win following a 9-0 start, the Chiefs suddenly forgot how to win. Defensive injuries caused their week 12 clash with the San Diego Chargers to get wildly out of hand and the Chiefs couldn’t put up more points in the end, losing to San Diego at home, 41-38. The loss marks their second in a row and makes their week 13 battle with the Denver Broncos a must-win game if they want a chance at winning the division.
11-19-13: The Kansas City defense hung tight in week 11 and held the Denver Broncos to their lowest point total of 2013. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do nearly enough on offense and lost their first game of the year, 27-17. The loss moved the two AFC West rivals into a tie for first place atop the division, setting up an even more crucial matchup later in the season with both sides having just one loss, a piece.
11-5-13: The Kansas City Chiefs once again showed that offense doesn’t have to win games. Despite scoring just nine offensive points (all field goals), KC got their ninth straight win to start 2013 thanks to two defensive touchdowns. Buffalo gave the Chiefs a scare early with a 10-3 lead, but the Chiefs defense took advantage of undrafted quarterback Jeff Tuel’s inexperience and forced three turnovers on the day to help keep Kansas City perfect with the 23-13 road win.
10-30-13: Alex Smith threw his first two touchdowns since week four as the Chiefs held off a surprisingly competitive Cleveland Browns squad at home, 23-17. Jamaal Charles failed to find the end-zone for the first time this season, but he helped the Chiefs move the ball by topping 100 total yards for the eighth straight contest.
10-22-13: Kansas City continued their aggressive and efficient play on both sides of the ball, as their defense blitzed inexperienced quarterback Case Keenum like crazy in the second half in week seven, and rode five sacks and a forced fumble to a close 17-16 home win. Jamaal Charles paced the Chiefs on offense, as he scored a touchdown and had 100 total yards for the seventh straight game on the year, as he helped KC get to 7-0, making them the only undefeated team through seven weeks.
10-15-13: Alex Smith wasn’t his usual efficient self in a week six win against the Oakland Raiders. Thankfully, he didn’t really have to be. Running Back Jamaal Charles piled on 128 total yards and two touchdowns to carry KC’s offense, while the defense was all over Terrelle Pryor to the tune of 10 sacks and interceptions in a convincing 24-7 home win. Kansas City stayed perfect on the year and got to 6-0 behind their nasty defense, while the game was even capped by a pick-six by Husain Abdullah.
10-8-13: The Kansas City Chiefs probably weren’t banking on having to wait until the final minutes to put away the Tennessee Titans in week five, but they ended up getting a bit of a dog fight, regardless. Luckily the defense was still mostly dominant, as one of Tennessee’s scores came on a broken screen play to Chris Johnson. Kansas City otherwise bottled up the Titans for the most part, as they held Chris Johnson to just 17 rushing yards on 10 carries, while sacking Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times and picking him off twice. The Chiefs weren’t quite themselves on offense, as the Titans gave them fits on third downs (just 1-for-12 on the day), while Jamaal Charles’ one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter was their lone offensive touchdown of the day. It was a collective effort, however, as kicker Ryan Succop nailed two of his four field goals late to help KC get to 5-0 with a 26-17 road victory.
The Kansas City Chiefs continued their unlikely hot start under new head coach Andy Reid, as they dominated the visiting New York Giants in every phase of the game for a 31-7 win. Kansas City got a huge spark from return man Dexter McCluster with the game still close at 10-7 in the third quarter, as he returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown. Alex Smith then tacked on two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs defense kept the Giants out of the end-zone the rest of the way to help put the game away. The win sent Kansas City to 4-0 and helped them keep pace with the 4-0 Denver Broncos and remain in a first place tie atop the AFC West.
9-20-13: It appears to be a new day in Kansas City as the Chiefs defeated the Cowboys 17-16 to improve to 2-0. Quarterback Alex Smith was flawless for the second straight week, as he tossed two scores, 223 yards, and ran for 57 in the home victory. The real story here was KC’s defense, however, as they proved they weren’t just Jaguar eaters here, forcing two turnovers and sacking Romo three times. On the flip side, Cowboys QB Tony Romo was solid overall in this one, but was ineffective late when it mattered most. Next week, the Chiefs head to Philly for Andy Reid’s return to his former home as they take on the Eagles.
9-10-13: Things couldn’t have gone better for KC, who got two passing scores from new quarterback Alex Smith, and got a road win in Jacksonville against the Jaguars to get 2013 started, to the tune of 28-2. Smith was 21 of 34 passing for 173 yards and 2 touch downs. They also put together a solid ground attack led by Jamaal Charles and his 77 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The Chiefs open up their home schedule next week as they host the 1-0 Dallas Cowboys.
9-3-13: Here are the Chiefs final roster cuts: TE Tony Moeaki, T Steven Baker, WR Josh Bellamy, S Malcolm Bronson, S Greg Castillo, CB Kennard Cox, DL Marcus Dixon, OL Tommie Draheim, LB Darin Drakeford, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Frankie Hammond Jr., TE Demetrius Harris, DB Tysyn Hartman, DE Austin Lane, LB Orie Lemon, CB Semaj Moody, FB Toben Opurum, T Matt Reynolds, WR Rico Richardson, OL Rokevious Watkins, LB Ridge Wilson, G Ricky Henry.
8-20-13: In a low-scoring affair, Alex Smith and the Chiefs lost to Smith's former team, the 49ers, 15-13. Smith struggled, completing just 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards. The only touchdown scored by the Chiefs came via special teams, when Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for a TD. The Chiefs are now 0 and 2 for the preseason. Next week the Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Saturday night.
8-11-13: The Chiefs dropped their preseason opener, losing 17-13 to the Saints. They did, however, open up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the subs took over. Alex Smith was sharp in his only drive of the game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 68 yards. Jamal Charles ran the ball 5 times for 13 yards and a TD.
7-10-13: The Chiefs could be in for a quick turn around in 2013 despite going 2-14 a year ago, thanks to the arrival of new head coach Andy Reid, as well as quarterback Alex Smith. The upgrades at head coach and under center helped keep star receiver Dwayne Bowe around, and with Jamaal Charles still in the offensive back-field, the Chiefs suddenly could be a viable threat. The only thing missing could be the talented but inconsistent defense, which could put KC over the top if it can play up to it’s potential.
6-25-13: The Kansas City Chiefs were in dire straits a year ago, but falling so flat in 2012 ended up helping them immensely. Now they have an elite right tackle, a new head coach, and a quarterback who is actually competent in Alex Smith. The Chiefs’ average home game at a sizzling $129, they remain one of the best values available for the new season.
The best part about KC’s awesome ticket value is that they are expected to be leaps and bounds better than last year, and at the very worst should be much more competitive. Whether or not they can compete for a playoff spot remains to be determined, but Chiefs fans should certainly find some stellar value at home games in 2013.
2013 Chiefs Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 1: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Round 3, Pick 1: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Round 3, Pick 34 (Compensatory Selection): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Round 4, Pick 2: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 1: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Round 6, Pick 2: Eric Kush, C, California (Pa.)
Round 6, Pick 36 (Compensatory Selection): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
Round 7, Pick 1: Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton
12-4-12: The Chiefs are 2-10 and not much else can go wrong for this team. Clearly out of playoff contention they will play 3 of their final four games on the road two of which will be against playoff contending teams. Kansas city has lots of success running the ball but passing and playing defense remained to be too much of a challenge. RB Jamaal Charles already has over 1000 yards rushing but only 3 touchdowns.