Former Chiefs Players and Personnel: I Ain’t Missin’ You At All

Chiefs are 5-0! Any criticism at this point is just being picky. Besides, if I had to single someone out, I’d yell at the defense, and Marcus Peters already has that covered. This week, surveying the awesomeness of Chiefs accomplishments, I couldn’t help but think of the players and personnel we thought we’d miss. Truth be told, I’m not missing any of them.

Jamaal Charles: I heard a lot of people, in the off-season, complaining the Chiefs didn’t try to bring Charles back on a reduced contract. Kareem Hunt has been a revelation, posting historic numbers and providing a massive boost to the offense. I wouldn’t mind having another veteran back around, but do I miss him? Nah. Chiefs are fine with the group they’ve got and we all know Charles will get hurt sooner or late.

John Dorsey: I gotta say, I was pretty darn worried when Chiefs let Dorsey go. It didn’t seem to make any sense. It smacked of intrigue and egos. A few months later? Not so much. It’s starting to look like Chiefs did to their front office what they’ve been doing to their roster for the last four years, getting younger, cheaper and more talented. Brett Veach has brought in solid depth this year. Kevin Pierre Louis has seen starting reps as well as STs work. Reggie Ragland is Chiefs new starter at SILB, and Cameron Erving just posted his first start for the team (more on that later). Perhaps his most important move, though, was the signing of kicker Harrison Butker, who was perfect against the Texans, after an exciting start against the Skins. The fact that Veach is still able to bring in great talent, on the open market, gives me the utmost confidence in his ability to form and maintain a championship roster. Granted, we haven’t seen a draft from him yet, but I’m ready to, this guy is the real deal.

Jeremy Maclin: Hey guys, remember when Chiefs offense was gonna suck without Jeremy Maclin? Yeah me neither. Smith is having a career year, and he’s not doing it by force feeding his best players either. Against the Texans, Smith found 10 different receivers, including Ross Travis for 26 yards and Demetrius Harris for 21. Chiefs have been more than fine without Maclin, and the cap space cleared by cutting him was immensely helpful in the offseason.

Jah Reid: While Reid was inactive for the Texans, Cameron Erving was starting for the Chiefs. After re-watching the game, I’m cautiously optimistic. Erving’s balance issues aren’t totally corrected, but they look improved. He was surprisingly good at handling blocks one-on-one, and looked pretty solid on the move. He needs to get better in stunt recognition, because he doesn’t have the lateral quickness to play catch-up. He does a good job of staying active. When he doesn’t have a guy to block, he looks for work. Overall, Chiefs look like they have a better player in Erving and he could do even better at OT, if he gets the chance.

Sean Smith: Chiefs lost a good CB in Sean Smith. Raiders gained a bad CB. Smith has been far less impressive in Oakland than he was in KC. Meanwhile, Terrence Mitchell is looking like one of the better cover CBs in the NFL. He’s a huge reason why Chiefs pass defense is so tough. What was supposed to be a huge loss, hasn’t really changed the defense all that much.

Eric Berry: Psych! Chiefs safeties have played really well in Berry’s absence. Enough so, that I don’t always think about how Berry is gone, but when the run D sucks, I miss him desperately. Without Berry, the secondary is missing it’s tone setter. Pass coverage has still been lights-out, but form-tackles of RBs have been few and far between.

Every time I look back at where the Chiefs have been, I’m amazed at how good they are. Under Dorsey, this team has drafted, cut and signed more talent than the Browns have in two decades. Veach looks more than ready to pick up where Dorsey left off. Chiefs are closer, to a championship, than they’ve been in years. With so much success, it’s kinda hard to miss the old Chiefs. Talented as some of them were, the new Chiefs are 5-0, against a brutal schedule, and I can’t wait to see them get to 6-0. Go Chiefs. Beat the Steelers and retire Roethlisberger, I doubt anyone will miss him anyway.

Bonus Thought: For the love of all that is good in this world, learn how to tackle before Bell gets here!

 

 

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  • Merlin

    I agree that Veach has done a good job at bringing in replacements and upgrading the roster. That makes me a bit more comfortable with him. However, I am a big Dorsey fan. It will take a good draft or two to make me not worry about the future of the Chiefs.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Which is fair enough. For now, I’m allowing myself to think that a lot of Dorsey success was due to Veach’s efforts in the scouting department. I don’t expect a great draft next year, with all the picks Chiefs will be missing, plus, drafting 32nd probably won’t help matters πŸ˜‰

      • Merlin

        I think you have to temper draft expectations based on the number of picks. Veach will be making the ultimate call, but the rest of the band is mostly still together, I expect Veach to add a piece or two that helps the Chiefs. Perhaps not next year, but down the road.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      My sentiments exactly

  • tm1946

    Because we are winning, not missing anyone… maybe DC Dave Robinson.

  • ladner morse

    Mentioned this before and may be worth repeating now… I’d be interested in seeing how Dorsey performs if he’s hired as a GM someplace (hard to believe he won’t be offered a job this coming offseason) where he has the power to hire and fire his own Head Coach. THEN we may be able to more accurately judge his value as a GM.

    All that gets clouded if he returns to Green Bay. I’m a Dorsey fan too and I’m not so sure his way of running a team wasn’t a good one – a take-charge, buck-stops-with-me kinda guy and in his world a few toes get stepped on along the way. I haven’t heard of anything he’s done as a leader that makes me think he’s not a good leader… no, i didn’t necessarily prefer the WAY he let some guys go but I can’t disagree with his decisions to do so or the results.

    It’s obvious now that Clark Hunt sided with Andy Reid as the standard-bearer of the WAY to do business and also somehow felt that Veach could be as “polite & productive” as Hunt (and Reid) might hope a GM should behave. We’ll find out after a couple of drafts and offseasons… and then if Hunt is right about Veach… we can all circle up and simultaneously tip our tea cups — Dr. Seuss style — to him on that one.

    I’m hoping Dorsey gets his own team and that he’s able to hire and control his own head coach.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Where ever Dorsey ends up…..they will be SB contenders in 3 years and SB favorites in 5.

      • Laurels and limitations

        the Browns?

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Hahaha!
          Ok…..10 years

          • Frank Rodela

            If he is dumb enough to take the Browns job, he deserves to never win one

          • Laurels and limitations

            hear a rumor that Dorsey was trying to mold a “Browns of the not very South” in KC….that’s why they let him go, you know.

          • Laurels and limitations

            Cleveland is like the elephant graveyard for NFL players. I bet ol’ Bernie Kosar sits out front with a sign that reads “Don’t do it, it’s a trap!”.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            I go to random strangers weddings and do that very same thing!

          • Laurels and limitations

            and here I thought me and my wife were the only ones doing that!

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    I’m going to have that stupid song stuck in my head the rest of the day now CB….lol

    • ladner morse

      Good song to have stuck in you head. Funny thing is… the guy who wrote those words, meant the opposite. He IS missing her at all.

  • freshmeat62

    Since you mention Roethlisberger/Ben, I’ve been debating, w/ myself, as to which I think is the best QB of that draft…Ben, Manning, or Rivers. While Ben and Manning have won SB’s, I dare say I think Rivers is the best of the 3 w/ Ben a close 2nd, and Manning 3rd as far as ability. Rivers just got stuck w/ a sucky team. I can see now why Manning was so adamant about not going to SD.

    BTW I won the debate w/ myself a close 2nd!

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I always thought Manning was a little overrated…..he singlehandedly ended so many good seasons for the Colts with his crunch time mishaps.
      I always thought the Brady/Manning comparisons were a joke.
      He won a SB with an absolutely loaded Colts team and then had a Lombardi practically handed to him on a silver platter in Denver where the debate was whether he actually helped or hindered the team.

      • freshmeat62

        I meant Eli. He was in the same draft class w/ Rivers and Ben.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Ah right…..sorry

        • Laurels and limitations

          no, no, no!…let CKAs continue, hehe.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Haha…..hey, when I post on this site in the mornings it’s generally somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30 am……..how about a little slack here? πŸ˜€

          • Laurels and limitations

            hehe, NEVAAAAHHHHH!

      • Frank Rodela

        At the end of the day, all three make it to Canton so their ranking is inevitability irrelevant. If I had to rank them, it would be Rivers, Big Ben and then Manning. Though I think their order of induction will not reflect as much. Big Ben will be a first or second ballet HOF’er. Manning will take no more than 5 years. Rivers will have to wait the longest unless he secures a ring before he hangs up the play caller sheet.

    • Frank Rodela

      At the end of the day, all three make it to Canton so their ranking is inevitability irrelevant. If I had to rank them, it would be Rivers, Big Ben and then Manning. Though I think their order of induction will not reflect as much. Big Ben will be a first or second ballet HOF’er. Manning will take no more than 5 years. Rivers will have to wait the longest unless he secures a ring before he hangs up the play caller sheet. .

  • Laurels and limitations

    One of two players I am missing: first, Rodney Hudson, he’s having a HOF career in Oakland as long as he can keep it up and the other is Tyvon Branch who is now with the Cardinals. Hudson was replaced and I’m good with that and Branch being let go also and his replacements are damn good also.

    Scratch it all, I’m not missing anyone.

    • Frank Rodela

      Marcus Cooper has earned the starting RCB job in Chicago…not missing him

      Logan has made me forget about Poe, who is playing decent in Atlanta

      • Laurels and limitations

        Poe who?

      • ladner morse

        I keep seeing an offseason conference room meeting in my mid with Dorsey and Reid and Sutton… and they decide to rent a DL or two to replace Poe’s unGodly snap count. It has to be the main reason Poe was as middle of the road as he was because they were asking too much of him. Still… I never saw Poe as a dominant run-stuffer, not even in his best years. Sure, a play here or there, but not a consistently dominant force against the run.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Your photographic proof that Travis Kelce is at Chiefs practice today. pic.twitter.com/iw0I91JQ0R— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 12, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    Mitch Morse and Albert Wilson will return to practice today. Justin Houston and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will not practice.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 12, 2017

  • ladner morse

    Kelce is just coaching up the other TEs on the use of a 3-TE set here, right?
    Not that he’ll remember doing so later.
    .
    https://twitter.com/adamteicher/status/918546945777561600

    • Laurels and limitations

      Kelce: “now DH, this is how you properly jump over defenders, that is, if you had at athletic ability at all that set you apart”.

  • Laurels and limitations

    okay, this is getting for realz now….If Kelce, Conley, Hill etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. are all out we are going to see exactly what is fueling the offense this year.

    The Chiefs did add wide receiver Tyreek Hill to their injury report. He's listed as a limited practice… https://t.co/o6K2AT7Bt2— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 12, 2017

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Rolling without your #1 and #2 WR is rarely a recipe for offensive success. This has me a bit nervous.

      • Laurels and limitations

        it’s Thursday, so there is still time….but KC could use a Bye week like nobody’s business.

        • Chiefly Bacon

          Unfortunately, they’re about to get the opposite. A Thursday night game. Hopefully they can start getting some of their earlier injured guys back soon.

          • Laurels and limitations

            yup, the next month is a devil’s gauntlet. Wanna know the worst part, Kc could potentially be playing Denver at KC’s weakest point. Ugh my soul.

          • Chiefly Bacon

            The one positive is that they’ll have additional time to prep for Denver, since they play Oakland on the Thursday before AND it’s a Monday night game.

          • Laurels and limitations

            that bodes well for KC. Honestly, even with all the injuries I think Kc is the better team. If KC can impose any kind of pressure on Osweiller he’ll continue to make errors and if KC continues to Offense they way they have it’ll get ugly real fast.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Osweiler?

          • Laurels and limitations

            that not right? who then? I mean, I thought Manning retired….is it Tebow?

  • Laurels and limitations

    Cam Newton is back, just so you all know.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Pfffft!

      • Laurels and limitations

        lol, you know you like it…hehe

  • Laurels and limitations

    Holy crap, Wentz is going for it!!!

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      The Eagles look like maybe the host of the NFC at 5-1………who was that who gave them that one loss again???

      • Laurels and limitations

        hehe

  • Laurels and limitations

    left the middle open, nice throw by Wentz though!

  • Laurels and limitations

    Then at the end, Romo comes in and gives AAAALLLLL the credit to the OC. I bet if any normal person were to sit down with Romo for dinner and the subject of NFL Football came up Rome would be allhttps://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e3ff7204a3c1b6e4c1edd8e88a0805cdf968ef64bbfff8de33ad8f3bfaf0973.jpg

  • Bdiddy

    β€œ Under Dorsey, this team has drafted, cut and signed more talent than the Browns have in two decades.”
    I think you meant to say, β€œ Under Dorsey, this team has cut more talent than the Browns have signed in two decades.”

  • The team that Dorsey Built was turned over to Veach. Now? I think we are just fine. Then? Not so much. Good review. Thanks…d