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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