The Kansas City Chiefs are coming together as a team with some curious components that may just end up working out. Lets run through some of the elements that will be coming together in Kansas City for the 2013 season.
The Chiefs have a pretty strong ground game with Jamaal Charles, and with Eric Berry leading the way, a decent enough secondary. They have struggled with leadership and line play, both on offense and defense. This as much as anything is what dragged the Chiefs to the bottom of the league.
They are getting someone in Aex Smith who has proved, if nothing else, to be a leader in the locker room and someone who has worked well with a good running game, something that can’t be said for all quarterbacks. He was able to win with short passes and Frank Gore, which is essentially all he will be able to do in KC.
Andy Reid is the new coach for Kansas City. He is known for two things. He is an offensive guy, who was able to work with Donovan McNabb for the course of his career with the Eagles. The thing that Reid showed a talent for was developing offensive and defensive lines, usually through the draft. After a couple of busts on the defensive line, and with the Chiefs losing Brandon Albert, their offensive line has more holes to patch.
Then there is that first pick in this draft, which happens to be a fairly deep draft for the line, on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs could look at left tackle Luke Joeckel on offense, or Sharrif Floyd on defense with their first pick, or they could trade down and use multiple picks to bolster both lines with premium talent.
Obviously, Reid and Smith and the Chiefs aren’t perfect for each other, because nothing ever is. Reid prefers to run a pass first offense, which isn’t a great idea with the talent in place in Kansas City. If Reid lets the Chiefs play to their strengths, however, good things might come out of Arrowhead Stadium this year.