2015 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the toughest teams in the NFL over the last 5 years, and were very competitive again in 2014, despite missing the playoffs. The key to the Chiefs success the last few years has been their defensive unit, which held opponents to 20 or fewer points in 11 of 16 games last season, and did not allow a single team to break 30 points. The core of that defensive unit is back in 2015, with the Chiefs locking down Justin Houston to a long term deal. Kansas City used their first pick in the 2015 NFL draft to select Marcus Peters, a cornerback who is projected to start from day one for Kansas City. On the offensive side of the ball, Kansas City brought in speedy receiver Justin Maclin to give Alex Smith a deep threat and take some of the pressure off of Jamaal Charles and the running game. Kansas City will be one of the most exciting teams to watch in 2015, not only because the team is as talented as it has been in years, but also because of the strength of the AFC West. 3 of the 4 teams in the AFC West will be legitimate playoff contenders in 2015, and the Chiefs will likely play one of the hardest, and most exciting schedules in the NFL.
2014 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs were of the one league’s biggest surprises in 2013, going undefeated until Week 11 of the season. The Chiefs stumbled after that first loss to Denver, losing 5 of their last 7 games to still clinch and AFC wild card berth. The pitted them against the Colts, who completed a miraculous comeback to down the Chiefs 45-44 and end KC’s season. The Chiefs didn’t see too much personnel movement in the offseason, bringing in Jeff Linkenbach and Vance Walker, while losing Dexter McCluster and Brandont Albert. The brunt of the work will likely be back on Jamaal Charles, who continues to prove himself to be one of the best, if not the best, running back in the NFL. Kansas City will begin the season at Arrowhead with a Week 1 matchup against the Titans. Then right away in Week 2 we see a rematch against the Broncos at Mile High. The Patriots will play in KC in Week 4, as will the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Week 11. The Chiefs have proven to be good enough to compete with the best, but they’ll need a group effort, led by Alex Smith, to get there once again.
2013 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The Chiefs underwent wholesale changes this offseason after tying for the worst record in the NFL last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kansas City named Andy Reid the team’s new head coach after his long stint in the same role with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs also moved on from starting quarterback Matt Cassel and acquired Alex Smith to run the offense. With stars like Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe already in tow, Kansas City also added wide receiver Donnie Avery to give Smith an extra weapon. On defense, the Chiefs made significant changes to the secondary, signing a pair of corner backs in Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson. Former Eagle linebacker Akeem Jordan also was signed to start in the middle for his former coach Reid. With the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, the Chiefs took Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher to provide extra protection for Smith and clear the running lanes for Charles. With all of these changes, the Chiefs are ready for a bounce-back year in 2013.
2011 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs were a great surprise last season by going 10-6 and earning their first playoff berth since 2006. With a deep squad of talented young players, head coach Todd Haley looks poised to repeat as AFC West champions. The biggest reason for the Chiefs success in 2010 was the solid quarterback play from Matt Cassel, who earned a Pro Bowl bid. Also pacing the offense was running back Jamaal Charles, who emerged as one of the best running backs in the league. The Chiefs are also lucky to have a stable of skilled receivers, specifically Dwayne Bowe and newcomer Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin. As for the defense, the secondary is among the best units in the NFL, thanks in large part to the contributions of cornerback Eric Berry, who will be looking to build on a standout rookie campaign. The defensive line is stout as well, led specifically by former first round pick Glenn Dorsey. Derrick Johnson anchors a solid linebacking corps that should keep opposing offenses on their toes all year long.
2010 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs have been devoid of a successful season for quite some time. Saddled by instability at quarterback, they have only made the playoffs one time in the last five years, and have managed to win only 10 games in the last three seasons combined - punctuated by a franchise worst 2-14 mark in 2008. However, depending on how their young talent performs, Kansas City may be making a sneak into the post season. Quarterback Matt Cassel's first season as the team's starting quarterback did not go too well for the former USC and New England Patriot back-up. After missing the first game due to injury, Cassel tossed 16 interceptions with only 16 touchdowns. Luckily for Chiefs fans, he has several good targets to throw to at receiver including Dwayne Bowe and veteran Chris Chambers. The Chiefs also drafted speedster Dexter McCluster out of Ole Miss to add an explosive and versatile element to their offense. Kansas City struggled to stop the run last year, and their defense ended up second-to-last in the league at 156.5 yard per game. This could be another concern for 2010, as the front seven is not too deep. The Chiefs' biggest strength on defense is their secondary, especially cornerback Brandon Flowers who reeled in five interceptions in 2009.
2009 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The 2009 Kansas City Chiefs are a little more of a mystery without HBO’s Hard Knocks in their camp this summer. New Chiefs GM, Scott Pioli, has been reshaping the KC roster to get them competitive again in the AFC. New Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley was a Pioli hire, but he wasn't the only major addition in Kansas City. The Chiefs will be led by new starting Quarterback, Matt Cassel, who came over from the New England Patriots in the off-season. Cassel will be surrounded by a talented supporting cast that includes Larry Johnson, Dwayne Bowe and Jamal Charles. On defense the Chiefs will lean heavily on DT Glenn Dorsey and linebackers Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Mike Vrabel and Zach Thomas. If Kansas City plays up to their ability then they should be able to compete with the Chargers and Broncos for the top spot in the AFC West. A good 2009 season should also restore much of the enthusiasm to fans at Arrowhead Stadium, which is one of the best venues in the NFL.
2008 Kansas City Chiefs Season Preview
The Kansas City Chiefs are always one of the toughest and most unpredictable teams in the NFL. Following the tragic loss of the team's longtime owner Lamar Hunt, the team has found itself in some turmoil, sending quarterback Trent Green to Miami and dealing with various injuries to starting players. The Kansas City Chiefs, however, appear to be improving every year. With one Super Bowl and 3 AFL Championships to the team's credit, the Kansas City Chiefs will fight to return to their past glory days. Arrowhead Stadium has long been one of the premier venues to see old school NFL football, and this season is no different. With some fresh new faces (and fresh new talent), this Kansas City Chiefs team is going to see some significant improvement over the next few years. True, they will need some time to build trust and experience among new players, but it will certainly pay off in the end. The Chiefs are going to need quarterback Brodie Croyle to really step up and produce this season, if they want to keep the ball moving downfield. Some notable new faces to watch are: cornerback Brandon Flowers from Virginia Tech and third-round running back Jamaal Charles from of Texas. Though this season may not be a playoff season for the Chiefs, it will be exciting nonetheless to watch new players growing with a truly tremendous team.