The Chiefs disappointing season comes to the close tomorrow in Denver, and while most everyone has their eye on the offseason and the draft, there are a number of things to pay attention to during the game. Here are two of them.
The Chiefs have 19 free agents going into the 2013 offseason. Here are five to keep an eye on:
Brady Quinn: If he can turn in a good showing on Sunday, he may have the opportunity to win a spot on next year’s squad. Not as a starter, but as a potential backup to whomever the Chiefs acquire or draft to be their #1.
Dustin Colquitt: As Todd Haley pronounced at his arrival years ago, the Chiefs have a pretty good punter. Colquitt has shown himself to be one of the best and resigning him should be a priority.
Branden Albert: He has become a solid fixture on the line, and his play may help to determine what type of contract he receives though his back troubles muddle the equation.
Ryan Lilja: He’s become a quality utility man, and should also have his services retained.
Glenn Dorsey: He was a problem draft and sign for Kansas City from the beginning and has never lived up to his potential. He has come on of late when he’s on the field, but still needs to show he is worthy of a second contract.
Gibbs is now in his second stint as a defensive coordinator. The first was back in 2006-2008 with the New Orleans Saints before being fired. He then returned to a linebacker coach for Kansas City and was promoted earlier this year when Crennel relieved himself of the defensive coordinator duties. In the eight games prior to being named the defensive coordinator, the Chiefs were giving up 30 points per game. In the seven games since Gibbs was named the coordinator, the Chiefs have reduced their points allowed to 21 per game. Regardless if the Chiefs retain Crennel as their head coach, or if someone else replaces him, Gibbs might get a look to remain as the team’s defensive coordinator. If his future isn’t in Kansas City a strong effort by the Chiefs defense tomorrow could help him land a job with another team for next year.