Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Season Preview
When watching the Kansas City Chiefs this season, pay special attention to the quarterback play. It’s no secret that between the quarterbacks no longer on the Chiefs roster, namely Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn, the offensive productivity was non-existent. Alex Smith comes to KC from San Francisco with important wins on his resume. Here are five more things to look for during the Chiefs games this season.
- Understand that the 49ers didn’t trade Alex Smith because he no longer had skills. He suffered a concussion last season versus the Rams (a game which ultimately ended in a tie), and by league rules you have to be cleared by doctors to resume play. But when he went down, the team kept winning. His backup, Colin Kaepernick, picked up the slack and would eventually lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl, which they ultimately lost to the Baltimore Ravens. In the off-season, Smith let it be known that he wanted to start elsewhere. The Chiefs came to the rescue, and traded for Smith with a pair of draft picks. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. That’s because newly hired head coach Andy Reid coveted Smith and tried to trade for him several times when Reid was coaching the Philadelphia Eagles. Now the two are united and Smith is the starting quarterback for the season.
- Dwayne Bowe got his long-term deal. Now it’s time to produce and live up to the contract. When Scott Pioli was the GM for the Chiefs, he stalled on getting the deal done. Bowe is happy with the new agreement and with a new quarterback passing to him, his numbers could skyrocket.
- The Chiefs defense should be in attack mode. They will be forcing turnovers, something which didn’t happen much last season. With new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who has an aggressive and pressing style, look for Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and Justin Houston to force offenses to be mindful of them stripping the ball away.
- If they’re in position to strip the ball, that means they will also be in position to sack the quarterback. Just getting in the opposing quarterback’s face will hamper the timing for the receivers going down field.
- Pay attention to special teams, in particular the return game. Dexter McCluster is a blur once he gets the ball and his speed will hurt opposing teams on returns. Keep an eye out for Knile Davis, a rookie from Arkansas. In the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, he returned a kickoff 77 yards. What’s more impressive is that it was the first time he ever ran back a kickoff! With no high school or college experience on special teams, making his kickoff debut in the pros means that he has the skills to go far in the league.
Overall, the Chiefs could be a very explosive team. Keep in mind that last season they had six Pro Bowlers on a team that won just two games. From coaching to player personnel, all aspects of the game have been improved. These Chiefs could be riding high and we’re all along for the ride. Enjoy the season!