KC Chiefs season promising with mix of young and experienced players

Ian Stevnenin

The Kansas City Chiefs had an exciting 2013 season under General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid, improving from 2-14 in 2012 to 11-5 in 2013. Kansas City finished 2nd in its division behind the Denver Broncos, but made it to the playoffs before losing to the Indianapolis Colts.

The Chiefs’ training camp ended on Aug. 14 and the team currently stands 1-1 in the preseason. Predicting this season’s outcome may rely on several factors.

Unsure Secondary:
• The secondary is based around Pro Bowl Safety Eric Berry. The roster is mostly comprised of young and inexperienced players, which may not be ideal since the schedule has six of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL.

The weapons on offense look promising:
• Established quarterback Alex Smith is coming off of one of his best seasons.
• Kansas City lost Dexter McCluster, but added DeAnthony Thomas in the draft, who is a similar player in size, versatility and unpredictability.
• Travis Kelce may be a surprise for everyone. He had some big plays in training camp and a big play against the Panthers with a 43-yard touchdown thrown by rookie quarterback Aaron Murray.
• Jamaal Charles is ranked one of the best running backs in the league.
• Knile Davis will help take the load of Charles and help wear out the defense.

Sketchy Offensive Line:
• Ronald Stephenson has been suspended from play for the first four games for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs, which requires Reid to find another player to fill his spot.
• The line is the youngest in the league. This could make for increased penalties and potential rookie mistakes.

Contract Issues:
Alex Smith and Justin Houston have yet to achieve satisfactory contracts. The Chiefs may see a successful season if the younger players step up to work with more veteran players.