Kansas City Chiefs Need Improvements To Reach The Super Bowl

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive end  Tyson Jackson (94) Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

 

Super Bowl XLVIII is now over and teams will start the process in earnest to improve themselves enough to compete for a berth in next year’s Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs have a lot of work to do to be considered a championship level team, but they have a terrific foundation of players.

The Seattle Seahawks drubbing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday night just highlighted how far the Chiefs have to go. The same offense that shredded the Kansas City defense twice was incredibly out manned by the physicality of the Seahawks defense.

The Chiefs lack a play maker on offense outside of Jamaal Charles, and they lack consistent stars on defense, despite six Pro Bowlers on that side of the ball. John Dorsey and Andy Reid must find a way to bolster the areas in which the Chiefs need help.

So, what areas do the Chiefs need to target the most in free agency or the draft? What areas do they need to improve on the most to challenge Denver for the AFC West title, and to be good enough to have a legitimate chance to make their first Super Bowl since 1970?

Here is a list of the top for areas the Chiefs to prioritize in the coming months.

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Topics: Brandon Flowers, Dwayne Bowe, Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs, Tyson Jackson

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  • cyberry

    I doubt the go in deep on free agency (this is just my opinion).. I’ll explain why….1)They don’t have much money to spend..beginning on free agency..it’s a bidding war….2) This is Justin Houston’s last year on a small contract..his base salary is only 650,000 ..that’s dirt for a 2 time Pro-Bowler… He NEEDS to get paid next year well; Jamal Charles’s contract is up in a 2015 he is extremely underpaid..the Chiefs will have to take care of him (but Tamba’s does go down then and Flowers)..so saving cap money for your back bone of your offense and future of your defense is way more important than a player that might not work out. ..3) Dorsey prides himself on finding quality players on even late draft picks …4) If the Chiefs lose Pro-Bowl Brandon Albert, Dex McCluster, and 5 year starting DE..3 pick of the draft Tyson Jackson… The Chiefs could land some good Comp Picks…But if spend on free-agency it can become a wash..

    I think the smartest thing they can do.. Draft Well and then wait for the players that get “cut” from there team.. If a player is cut.(because the team is over the Cap or going a different direction) they don’t usually demand top dollar and if players are picked up after being cut they don’t count against COMP Pick formula.

    I just saying ..the top tier free agents..

  • Hawthorne

    We need to draft players this year that can develop to replace Bowe, Flower’s and Hali. Tough task for Dorsey. Hope he’s up to it, cause the only thing I keep coming back to is trading both Flowers and Hali this year for high 3rd and a mid 1st.

  • Jason J Morrison

    What about Nick Collins former Green Bay Packer, Three time Pro Bowl Safety to play opposite of Berry? I understand he had a neck injury but it has had time to heal how about bring him in have him evaluated and if he gets cleared then the Chiefs can offer him a smaller contract until he proves he is back to form, that may be a cheap solution and possibly turn out to be a good one also.

    I am also not opposed to maybe having cooper change from CB to the safety spot. he is fast, tall, and was a former receiver so he has the ability to locate the ball and go after it. I feel he had a good year for a rookie but had problems with the man coverage against the better QB’s but he may be another cheap option for the safety position cause he is still under the rookie contract. That way it makes it a little easier for drafting and FA time to go after a real shut down corner and maybe a couple receiving threats that have that 4.2 speed.

    • Hawthorne

      This could be a good plan. Show me contract for Collins, show me contract for Maclin, draft a guy like Aaron Donald in the 1st who can play DE or OLB and pick two big CBs in the third (if we get a compensatory pick). Grab a developmental safety like Ladner and WR like Jeff Janis in rounds 4 and 5. Then grab a Guard and a tiny but super fast RB in the the 6th.