The Kansas City Chiefs Are Failing In Off-Season Approach

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Free agency has begun and the Kansas City Chiefs have busy in all the wrong ways.  In fact, one could make a strong case that they’ve created more holes than they’ve plugged by losing three key performers from last season’s offensive line in Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, and Geoff Schwartz as well as Pro-Bowl punt returner/wide receiver Dexter McCluster.

They have attempted to offset their losses on the line by signing former Indianapolis Colts lineman Jeff Linkenbach. Linkenbach is versatile, having logged starts at both tackle and guard in the course of playing in 60 games, including 33 starts, over the last four seasons.

No matter how you slice it, you can’t replace three guys with one. Clearly, offensive line has become another position of need requiring some attention this year.

The loss of the multi-faceted Dexter McCluster, robbed the team of one of its few offensive weapons. Some might argue that McCluster’s inability to consistently catch the ball, his lack of prototypical NFL size, and his durability issues were things the team couldn’t afford.

The fact is he creates match-up problems for opposing defenses and he was without question, one of the best punt returners in the league, a talent that has game changing impact.

There was speculation that perhaps the Chiefs would aggressively pursue Darren Sproles from New Orleans to offset the loss of McCluster but that speculation ended when the Saints traded Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles.

A popular sentiment among Kansas City Chiefs fans was that they needed help at wide receiver, even before losing McCluster, but in the wake of the defensive collapse suffered in the second half of last season. In the face of the productivity the offense actually displayed, most NFL experts had determined the team’s highest priorities this off-season would likely be on the defensive side of the ball.

The Chiefs offense actually performed well last season, particularly in the second half of the season, averaging 31 points per game. So, while it was arguable as to whether the Chiefs had significant offensive needs coming into the free agency period, with the all the above free agent losses, it is now undeniable.

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74 Comments on The Kansas City Chiefs Are Failing In Off-Season Approach

  1. Stacy D. Smith says:

    Patience, Brent. Patience, my good man. Linkenbach’s nothing more than depth (check his contract numbers). I think the Chiefs are planning to replace Schwartz/Asamoah through the draft (not so daunting when you consider the fact that they play the same position).

    McCluster’s production can be replaced fairly easily as well with a Jason Avant signing or perhaps if Emmanuel Sanders is inked today. No word yet on what they plan to do with Avery if that happens, but he can play inside if they keep him on. As can Sanders. There’s also the deepest wide receiver class the NFL Draft may have ever seen.

    The Chiefs have already visited with Vance Walker (who would be a pass-rushing upgrade over Jackson). There’s May to get help there as well. Reid and Dorsey both prize players in the trenches on both sides of the football and there will be a few R1 options available for that spot (Ealy, Crichton, Tuitt).

    Today’s just the fourth day of free agency. We’ve still got a long way to go.

    • Keith Alberson says:

      Thankyou, nothing more needs to be said.

    • berttheclock says:

      I believe there are several out there in the Kingdom of the Chiefs who are akin to the young vulture in a great Larsen cartoon. That was the one where two vultures were perched atop a giant cactus and the younger one said to the other one, “Patience, Hell, I’m going to fly down there and kill something”.

    • superman_25_58 says:

      Ya we have a long way to go with all the better talent going else where. By the way Walker will prolly sign with the Seahawks considering KC didn’t give him enough to cancel his visits. Also why in the hell would you let good relatively young OL talent we already had walk out the damn door just to replace it with an unknown in the draft when you have so many other needs? This just sounds stupid IMO. Avant isn’t going to replace McCluster and what he had to offer this team sorry just isn’t going to happen. Our best chance is signing Emanuel Sanders to do that if we don’t it’s going to be a long year.

      • Stacy D. Smith says:

        You sound convinced. I prefer to wait and see. If Walker signs elsewhere, it won’t be an indictment of the Chiefs. Sometimes a player’s demands and the team’s assessment of a player’s value don’t match up. I’m not going to second-guess their judgment on that matter.
        Asamoah was probably a bit overpaid and he wasn’t Reid’s ideal fit on the offensive line. Remember, he lost his job to Schwartz.

        That’s the only real loss in my estimation (Schwartz), but I had a feeling he was on his way out months ago. Several of his offseason interviews seemed to suggest he wanted a clear future in terms of contract and security. Once it appeared he wasn’t going to return, the Chiefs had ZERO leverage to try and hang on to Asamoah.

        I want Reid to go at this with the players he believes best fit his system. If Asamoah and Scwhartz don’t, he SHOULD draft someone to replace them.

        Avant is plenty capable of giving us 50 catches and 500 yards from the slot position. That’s what he averaged over the last three years Reid coached in Philadelphia. We’ll miss McCluster’s return prowess, but offensively those numbers can be replaced much cheaper than the money he got from Tennessee.

        Sanders, if he’s signed, will probably be the starter opposite of Bowe and not in the slot.

        • superman_25_58 says:

          I agree on the Swartz deal he should of got a deal. Last year Avant played in 16 games in a very fast paced offense with a lot of snaps. He had 38 receptions on 76 attempts only 447 yards 2TD’s and 1 fumble. This is not very good considering how many offensive snaps the Eagles had last year. In 9 years in the NFL Avant has only sored 12 times. This is horrible! McCluster has found the endzone 9 times in 4 years tell me what part of this says that he can produce as much as McCluster?

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            He had a higher yard per catch average than McCluster in 2013. By more than 2 yards per catch. He also had 15 fewer catches. If you grant him those receptions, he would’ve had more yardage on the season than McCluster.

            As for offensive touchdowns, McCluster only has 6 (just 5 as a receiver). That’s over a 4-year career. Avant has 12 over an 8-year career. That’s a push. You were counting return TD’s (which don’t apply as Avant isn’t a returnman).

            2012: 53 catches, 648 yards
            2011: 52 catches, 679 yards
            2010: 51 catches, 573 yards

            Those are Avant’s last three seasons under Andy Reid.

            Why exactly can’t he be a replacement for McCluster?
            ALL of those seasons are better than any single-season McCluster’s ever had.

            And again, he’d be a MUCH cheaper option. McCluster’s current contract is richer than the WR who was playing ahead of him in Kansas City last year (Donnie Avery).

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Who cares what he would have it is what he did have! It doesn’t matter how in the hell he gets into the endzone the point is getting into the endzone which is something Avant has a hard time doing. If anything the returns for touchdowns do count bc it’s a lot harder to run a punt back for a TD than it is to catch a pass for a TD. What he do last year? I can care less what he has done yardage wise over the last four years. The point is he had a lot more offensive snaps this year and came out with 447 yards……. not good.

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            I figured that’s how you were going to respond. Fair enough, we can just look at the numbers he had. They reveal that Avant scored more often offensively and gained more yards per catch than did McCluster in 2013. My point doesn’t change.

            The last word is yours.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            We need someone who can get into the Endzone is all I’m saying and Jason Avant is not the answer to that.

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            Neither is Dexter McCluster then.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            It doesn’t matter how he got in the Endzone whether it was from returning punts or catching passes. McCluster caught 2 receiving TD’s last year same as Avant but McCluster had more yards. The added benefit to McCluster is that he can give you TD’s while returning punts as well as getting 600+ yards in the return game which allowed the Chiefs to have some bad ass field position. This is something Avant CAN NOT do. So he saw the Endzone more than Avant did so ya he is.

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            You’re moving the goalposts. That was never the argument. We’re talking about his value offensively. We have other capable returnmen (namely Knile Davis). That still wouldn’t justify keeping McCluster on at such a high cap number when you have other players, already on the roster, who can do that job.

            Signing Avant to replace the numbers offensively would still work out to a savings that can be applied to the signing or extending of other players.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            I’m not moving the goal posts my whole argument has been on the overall productivity of the WR which McCluster definitely wins that battle. What makes you think Knile Davis can return punts? Is it just bc he returns Kicks? Returning a kick and a punt are totally different aspects of the game. Kickoffs you have plenty of time to make a mistake while during punt returns you have NO time to make mistakes and you have to have excellent concentration in a group of people. Kickoff returners and punt returners are different bc you gotta have balls to return punts with so much traffic around and I don’t know if Davis is capable of doing this.

          • Tyler_KC_Fan says:

            Superman – I was total fine with the Chiefs not resigning McCluster because I figured he would come with a high price tag. I thought he would get around $10M (actually getting $12M) but regardless, I feel that that was to much for him.

            You made a comment above that you had to draft your team and such so I personally feel you have an idea of how setting up a team goes. It may not be 100% similar, but the closest I’ve been to the front office job is Fantasy Football (p.s. in 3 years I’ve won and gotten second, not that it matters though haha.) But if you had a tight cap space and you were trying to build a team to win, would you be willing to spend $12M on a player that is primarily a KR and maybe a WR? Or would you want to go out and try and spend the money else where? Keep in mind, if McCluster doesn’t perform the way he did last year, you’ve committed $4.1M in guaranteed money plus the additional incentives and remaining money to this player.

            I was fine letting him go because of money and mainly because he has had one great year in the KR game. The came when he had a legitimate Special Teams coach as well. If Toub can improve McCluster the way he has, don’t you think he can do that with Demps or Davis? He made the Pro-Bowl as a KR. I personally wouldn’t want to get stuck with a Devon Hester situation where we sign someone for a lot of money, they are at best an average WR, and eventually start to decline as a KR, but we are stuck with them for ann extend amount of time.

            I understand that field position is everything for an offense, but $12M for him…he’s had 1 soild year in 4 years. That doesn’t really scream to me, “Must sign player”

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Is it McClusters fault that this new regime knows how to use him and the old Regimes were beyond retarded I guess? I don’t think so. Toubs old ass didn’t receive any punts this whole year. I remember McCluster totally broke dudes ankle that played for the Giants to run one back and the scheme had nothing to do with it bc there were no blockers ahead of him. I mean it don’t hurt my feelings they let him go. What I didn’t understand is Dorsey comes in an interview and says he wants explosive players and indeed this is what McCluster is. The dude hardly ever called for a fair catch and I like that about the guy. They had 9 – 10 million and if they would restructure some contracts that would change the cap room we would of had. By the way McCluster is a PR not a KR and he made the Pro Bowl as a PR.I mean I’m fine with it bc aint much we can do about it, I just think we need to show a lil loyalty to players who perform for us is all

          • Tyler_KC_Fan says:

            But he’s performed for the team 1 year out of 4. I’m not saying McCluster isn’t an explosive player because he has speed and can get himself out of a sticky situation. But between PR, rushing, and recieving TD he as 9 in 4 years. He has 1,500 yards recieving. Looking at those numbers, he looks like a player that should be getting a $4M contract. Not a $12M contract.

            In my opinion, it doesn’t matter if you restucture players contracts. Spending that much money on a player like McCluster doesn’t make sense. Business wise, it makes little sense. The way you’re talking about McCluster, you make it sound like he’s the Payton Manning/Tom Brady/Drew Brees of the return game. He had 2 TDs in the return game last year. He had a career year last year. You can’t tell me that Toub had zero to do with that. I believe he was the Bears Special Teams coach during Hester’s prime and when he left, how is Chicago’s Special Teams playing? Being a coach yourself, you saying Toub didn’t do anything is like saying your team won the Championship without your help at all. Come on…

            McCluster got greedy. Showing a little loyalty goes both ways. If the player is loyal he will take the pay cut, not ask for more money then he is worth and then not budge. McCluster wont do anything special in TENN because he doesn’t have the special teams help like he had in KC.

  2. ILChiefan says:

    With the cap situation, and the general demeanor/background of Dorsey, the fact the Chiefs are not a huge player in free agency is not a surprise. As much as I like Dexter, he can be replaced; Albert’s leaving was a foregone conclusion; Jackson is replaceable for a lower price; Asamoah is laughing all the way to the bank with his contract. The only player we’ve lost that I wanted re-signed was Schwartz. I’m anxious to see what Dressler can do, think that Jenkins is on the way up, and have always liked Hemingway. It would be huge if we can sign Sanders. Let this play out before dooming our off-season a failure.

    • superman_25_58 says:

      I agree we should have at least re-signed Swartz. McCluster can be replaced just not by Jason Avant IMO.

  3. berttheclock says:

    John Dorsey is simply “sitting chilly” at the moment. KC does not need any shock and awe production in acquiring talent who will fit the system. Don’t fall in love with “Big Names”.

    What really amazes me is both Dorsey and Reid built a team which turned a 4-12 record into going to the playoffs and coming within moments of extending themselves into the second round. Yet, there are some who believe Dorsey should be fired for giving Bowe a large contract. The sky is not falling and I would suggest to one and all to wait until FAcy passes and the draft and pickups of UDFAs has placed talent at St Joe.

    • Stacy D. Smith says:

      Couldn’t agree more, Bert. Dorsey’s a former scout. He’s looking for players who fit the system and can play this game. This year, he’ll have to be crafty and frugal. Thus far, that’s EXACTLY what he’s been.

      • superman_25_58 says:

        Swartz or McCluster didn’t fit this system? Dorsey said in an interview that he was looking for explosive play makers most of all and isn’t that exactly what McCluster was?

        • Stacy D. Smith says:

          Schwartz and McCluster both fit the system. When I mentioned fit, I was referring to Asamoah. He’s not ideal for Reid’s preferred blocking schemes.

          I’m not sure Schwartz wanted to return. He seemed almost agitated on a couple different occasions when asked about his fate in Kansas City. He ever made a rather snide comment about having a chance to win a Super Bowl on a social media site. We have to keep in mind that a successful free agency routine requires a pair of dancers.

          McCluster may have been slightly overpaid to be a WR3 and returnman in Tennessee. His deal was richer than Avery’s 2013 deal from Kansas City and he’s the No. 2 receiver. Those numbers can be replaced for less money than the Titans gave him.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            He prolly got that deal bc he can play multiple positions while producing unlike Avery

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            That’s a fair point, but I’m still not sure I would’ve given him that contract. We have a returnman in Knile Davis. Toub’s system helped three different guys find paydirt in 2013. I think we could plug other guys in there and be as explosive on returns.

            His contributions can be replaced cheaper than what he got from Tennessee, but we can agree to disagree on the point.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Lol ya but he returned punts which is a lot tougher than kickoffs is all I’m saying

          • berttheclock says:

            Whisenhutt wants to use him, primarily, as a RB.

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            Hahahaha.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Ya that’s kinda crazy bc he is so small but he is like McGuyver when you think he is done he finds a way out of a crazy jam with just a piece of gum wrapper lol

          • berttheclock says:

            Have you read where Whisenhutt has said he believes Dexter is going to be more important to the Titans as a RB? Did he really hire Muir as his new OC?

          • Stacy D. Smith says:

            I think he might be more valuable as a runningback because he’s able to get a head of steam before he’s engaged by a defender. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry the year he was used primarily as a back.

    • superman_25_58 says:

      You’re right about not falling in love with all the “Big Names” this could hurt you. On the other hand falling in love with “Big Names” who have proven to be very productive year in and year out is a totally different story. If we could of picked up any of these guys ( WRs Sanders, Decker, Nicks/ S Ward, Byrd DE Arthur Jones) than we would be sitting pretty come draft time. The way it’s looking though, with the Chiefs not even being able to sign lower tier talent in FA while horse face is adding good veteran talent to their rosters to help try to get them a SB this year spells out…… were screwed and all we will here again this year is we will get it next year. Ha laughable!

  4. freshmeat62 says:

    Looks like you’re one of those worry-warts that can only see the superficial. The Chiefs haven’t lost anybody that can’t be, or hasn’t already been replaced. In fact I think there are some starters from last year (Jeff Allen) that had better up their game, or they’ll be riding the pine. I have every faith that Dorsey/Reid will put a better team on the field this year than last year. They may not go 11-5, maybe 9-7 or even 8-8, but they’re building a team that will last, and not some flash in the pan.

    • superman_25_58 says:

      How in the hell would they be putting a better team on the field this year over last year if they have a worse record than last year? 9-7 won’t get the Chiefs to the playoffs and 8-8 damn sure won’t and that is not a sign of a better team.

      • Stacy D. Smith says:

        A team’s roster can improve without their record improving. A tougher schedule is a simple way to explain how that can happen.

        • superman_25_58 says:

          No it can’t you don’t improve your roster to lose more games this makes no sense.

          • berttheclock says:

            Tampa Bay forked out $140 M and improved from 4-12 to 7-9. Then, they gave up a 1st round pick and a 4th for Revis and signed him for Mega Bucks. They dropped off to 4-12 and their HC and GM were fired.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Ya but with all due respect it wasn’t bc of Revis that they went 4-12 they had many more problems that should have been addressed properly. I’m not saying we need to go out and spend the kind of money Revis demands on one player but there are plenty of deals that went down that KC could of restructured some contracts and made them work is all.

          • Josh Landers says:

            Restructuring only pushes the money into later years and increases said years cap hits. Dorsey is planning for the future. We all want the chiefs to win now but I’d rather see a dynasty built than see us make it to the afc championship game, lose, and then purge the roster because we overpaid in free agency. Most of the great teams have built through the draft. Patriots, Green Bay, and Seattle, just to name a few. And coming soon: THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS!!!!

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Hali is going to need a new deal real soon anyways, this just gets it out of the way faster and would allow us more cap space this year. Wait he is replaceable and prolly won’t be on the team next year anyways. Hell he will prolly be playing with the Broncos before he retires so he can have a chance at a SB.

          • Josh Landers says:

            Lol. Hali is on the wrong side of 30. The future is Houston. And berry. Plus, 5-head will be gone soon.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Hali maybe 30 but he still had just as many sacks and had more interceptions (TD’s) than Houston last year lol.

          • Josh Landers says:

            I’m not saying Hali needs to be replaced. I am a big fan. An extension would be awesome. All I’m saying is he’s getting older and he will lose a step in the next couple of years.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            K that’s better and you are right he will lose a step eventually but no one really knows when that will be and an extension would be nice lol

          • Redblack564 says:

            superbutt you wouldn’t know how to build a roster. You can have better personel than the year before and still have a worse record in the NFL. Last year the chiefs played a last place schedule which means after they played the 6 Div. games and the 4 NFC games and 4 AFC south games they played 2 teams that were last in their divisons the year before. this year the chiefs will play a 2nd place schedule so the 2 random teams will have made the playoffs last year. plus they play the NFC West which has 3 Very good teams in it and the AFC East I think. SO yes they could be a better team and still have a worse record than last year. so Go Pioli yourself. LOL. STOP DRINKING THE KOOL AID HOMER

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Superbutt? Okay dip shit What KOOL AID am I drinking? You don’t get better by losing this just does not make sense no matter which way you slice it.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            I wouldn’t know how to build a roster? You do? I watch NFL network 24/7 as well as come on here and listen to dipshits like you ramble and make no sense at all. I coached tackle football last year where we had a lil combine and we had to draft kids and won a championship against other schools in the area.Obviously it wasn’t the NFL or even college but that’s not the point, I obviously know a little about football……….. what did you do?

          • Redblack564 says:

            ok superbutt_24_27 I’ll play your game. Since you watch the NFL network as well as coach little kids and won a championship ,hey thats cool. So I guess to be like you I would say I too watch NFL network but not 24/7 cause I have a life, and I too coach youth sports but baseball, and I play MADDEN,!!!!!!! LOL so I guess I beat you because I can manuver around salary cap issues, and in youth football you dont have that. My point being that every person on this site has an opinion you are not different and no better. I never said I could put together an NFL roster I just said you couldn’t, and I never said that you get better from losing all I said is that it was possible to have a better team than last year and have a worse record. OH and one other thing thinking you know how to build a team in the NFL not only makes you not very smart but is a slap in the face to all GM’s and Coaches in the NFL that is why they are there and we are sitting here behind a keyboard because they do know.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Madden? lol k enough said. Now you are taking the “My point being that every person on this site has an opinion you are not different and no better” approach when earlier you just were telling someone they were dumb bc of their opionion. Grow up dude for real you don’t know whether your coming or going obviously so go put you helmet back on before you hurt yourself. By the way I do my own mock drafts of the guys I think we should get again MY OPINION and no we don’t get everyone I have wrote down but 75% of the people I wanted are doing decent to good in the NFL…… so I think I could be a head scout for a team. Please smack yourself in the face for me please!

      • berttheclock says:

        Do you happen to remember the start of the run to the SB by the current regime of the Seahawks? They began with a 7-9 record and won their first playoff game. After that, ehy kept improving and, finally, won it all. The Giants won the SB the year they went 9-7 and had a four game losing streak at one point in the season.

        • superman_25_58 says:

          This new Regime started out 11-5 if they go down to 9-7 or 8-8 than that is not getting better sorry. No matter if the Giants got lucky once and winning a SB after going 9-7 they are an exception to the rule not the rule.

          • berttheclock says:

            I have really given up on numbers such as 13-3 and home field advantage after watching the Chiefs implode in the playoffs. What really matters is getting to the playoffs in the first place and getting very hot in January and February.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            I agree with you here

  5. Tyler_KC_Fan says:

    I have no issues with what Dorsey and Reid are doing. If you look at the contracts the three OT and McCluster got we would be broke already if we re-signed them. McCluster has had 1 great year and managed to reel in a 3/$12M with $4.1M guaranteed and he is more of a KR than a WR, he is loving the Bills right now. Albert was leaving no matter what, no surprises their. Asomoah and Schwartz are making extreme amounts a money and Tyson isn’t a huge loss.

    Granted we haven’t made a huge splash in FA, but I figured we wouldn’t after players started getting signed to huge contracts.

    Decker was never in the Chiefs budget, he was thought to be the #1 WR in this FA class. Maclin was one I really wanted but he made it clear early on he didn’t want to leave Philly. Tate got over paid by DET.

    Either Sanders and Avant look to be someone the Chiefs are wanting to sign, and I think Sanders would be the better of the two, but both are upgrades for the team. The point is, we need to sign FA that fit the team, not because of their name. I think we address more needs in the draft and with a signing from Sanders we don’t need a WR R1, we can draft a FS, OT, or DE and get a WR in the later rounds.

    Have faith!

  6. Michael Lizalde says:

    Last year the talk was we needed to improve our Oline, Dline and WR core. We lose O and D line and a WR and the wheels are falling off? How can you improve if you don’t let the ones that kept you down leave? Sink guess the Titans are now SB contenders because they got Dex? Miami is now over the hump because they have Albert? Atlanta is now a power house because the missing links are now added? Come on! Who cares what Denver did. Like adding those players was going to change anything. Manning will still throw for 5000 yards and 40+ TDs, they will go 12-4 or 13-3 and win the division. Just like last year. What the Chiefs have done is let walk the players that didn’t make them better. Seriously, each of those players all had limited roles or didn’t play ever game due to injury and look what we did. Be glad we are not like Denver. We are good and going to continue to be good because we build in the draft and not spend money on old players or players that will be suspended.

    • superman_25_58 says:

      Did you watch one Chiefs game last year? “How can you improve if you don’t let the ones that kept you down leave?” I mean seriously T-Jax ya bye, Lewis ya bye, Asomoah ya bye. McCluster definitely didn’t keep us down and Swartz was a guy who could play anywhere on the line if an injury were to occur…….. yup he didn’t hold us down either. As an organization you have to sign some FA of your own who produced to show the rest of the locker room that they aren’t afraid to dish out the money if guys are producing. With them letting these guys go just shows everyone in the locker room and all the available FA that you can’t trust the Chiefs management so why would you want to go play for a team who won’t lock up some of their own talent.

      • Michael Lizalde says:

        Nope didn’t watch one game. So of all the people we lost, the ones you wanted we’re Swartz and Mccluster? So since we haven’t replaced them the second we lost them we are screwed?

        • superman_25_58 says:

          Who is going to replace the 3 starting OL we let walk? Who is going to replace McClusters production on ST? Dressler who is an unknown commodity? We will see.

          • Michael Lizalde says:

            Asamoah was a hurt commodity last year and was one of the weak links on the interior line. Jeff Allen can take his spot. Fisher will move to LT and Stephenson, who performed better than Albert will go back to RT. Realistically, we only need to replace one starting offensive lineman. McCuster was a product of our special teams coach. Demps and Davis had returns as well. We needing players with winning mentalities. Out with the old, in with the new.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            McCluster was a product of our special teams coach? This is horse shit lol. Demps and Davis had returns on kickoffs not punt returns two totally different aspects of the game. As with the O-line I’m not even making an argument really about Asomoah being let go it was more on the versatile Swartz. Jeff Allen struggled a lot so I’m not too sure he is the answer at Guard but it usually takes a lineman 2-3 years to get in the groove so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt but this should be a make it or break it year for him wouldn’t you think?.

          • Michael Lizalde says:

            Definitely a make or break year for Allen, but by letting Swartz go, I would say the Chiefs feel good about it. Remember, Swartz was an unknown player prior to the Chiefs. It’s not like he was a 4 year starter. Mccluster was a huge product of ST coach. This was mcClusters first full year returning punts. His offensive production was next to nothing. Paying a guy that only does punts, not knockoffs the kind of money the titans gave him are exactly why the titans are who they are.

          • superman_25_58 says:

            Did I want McCluster to stay ya but I’m more arguing the fact that McCluster had more receiving yards than Avant who people say can take his spot easily. The only problem is Avant and McCluster had similar seasons last year with McCluster being a little better bc he can run the ball out of the back field, catch the ball as well as return punts and that kind of versatility is hard to replace IMO.

      • Michael Lizalde says:

        I also believe we’ve done a good job of locking up producing talent. Charles, Hali, DJ, Flowers, Bowe. But I guess that doesn’t count because we didn’t resign a back up linemen or a kick returner that played less than 40% of the offensive snaps……

        • superman_25_58 says:

          Those are core players and are all no brainers. If they didn’t lock those guys up than they wouldn’t have a job anywhere in the NFL. By the way Flowers can be replaced. That back up lineman won a starting job over a pro bowl G and that kick returner that played less than 40% of the snaps kept us in a few games by running the punt all the way back to the house and if he wouldn’t of done that we wouldn’t of been 11-5 last year. That great front office should have restructured Hali deal before FA IMO.

      • Chiefs Martyball says:

        Locking up talent is fine but also look at your locker room comment because you have to have TEAM players also not just ME players and look at the Dynasties in the past players that wanted big paydays the team let them walk unless they were worth it regardless by restructuring others and such. I am not saying these players aren’t good or are that we lost but bottom line is they were not about a TEAM mentality which will get a TEAM further than a Stat Guy or MONEY ME guy. Dex got paid (OVER PAYED) good for him T Jax took a massive pay cut last year then Pioli wanted to save face and signed him again in ATL good for him also but the Chiefs can and have filled their shoes as far as production with the exception of Dex but with Toub Next man UP which is what GOOD GREAT TEAMS are about

  7. Redblack564 says:

    Brent u are dumb. Bad article doubt I will read your crap anymore

    • superman_25_58 says:

      STFU dip head with stupid air head comments like this no one cares if you read or comment on anything. He has his opinion and that’s that. At least he has something intelligent to say.

  8. Brian Dempsey says:

    Bad article. Did the thought ever occur to you that not one single one of those guys was worth the money that other teams are OVERPAYING them ( especially Albert )?

    Like they say, a sucker is born every minute & you should be glad that Dorsey isn’t one of them.

  9. Brent G says:

    All, great comments across the board…except for the one that said I’m dumb:) Just to be clear…I have no doubts about Dorsey or Reid when it comes to talent evaluation. My fears are more centered around the strategy the team is employing in filling holes in both a fiscally sound manner and in a way that allows us flexibility during the draft.

    Bottom line, we’re painting ourselves into a corner. I don’t even have issues with letting some of these guys go. I’m more concerned that we’re doing so within a diminishing pool of replacement options. If we show up for the draft, sans a 2nd round pick, and having replaced almost none of the holes that were created by the FA losses with guys who are at least AS GOOD, and preferably BETTER, than the guys who left, then we’re really up against it.

    Maybe Weston Dressler is the answer for Dex…that may very well be the steal of the off-season for the Chiefs. I’m sure the front office has seen sufficient film and talked with enough coaches to have a good sense of what he can bring to the table. If we can sign Sanders that would help…might even result in Avery being cut. Avant has good hands but he’s not much after the catch…maybe that’s what Dorsey and Reid feel is missing. That will become evident in the coming days.

    Either way, we’ve still got major holes in the secondary, the best players in the draft may well be gone by the time we get to the 23rd pick, we have no 2nd rounder, and we’ve got to replace at least a couple more OL positions, sign some additional help on the D-line, and hope that WRs we have currently or sign in the future can outperform the guys that left. That sounds to me like a big ask for anybody.

    I understand there is still time, but the pool of FA solutions is diminishing daily and unless we “hit” on every pick in the draft, we can only reasonably expect to fill a few holes via the draft.

    • superman_25_58 says:

      Exactly we have lots of holes from guys leaving and only 1 pick out of the top 88 players on the draft board……………. this isn’t looking good.

  10. Josh Landers says:

    Geez! I’m glad I saw these top comments first. Lol. I was about to go off on a pretty epic rant about how the only REAL need is o-line. At the end of the season our offense was putting up good numbers with bum wr’s. The Abdullah signing makes fs a luxury pick. We still may sign Vance walker and/or emmanuelle sanders. We’re gonna be ok. GO CHIEFS!!!

    • superman_25_58 says:

      Let’s hope I’m not saying we suck or nothing like that all I am saying is we are further away from beating Denver this year than what we were last year.

      • Josh Landers says:

        Everyone is. Lol. Denver is planning for now. Once manning retires, the donkeys are gonna be in bad shape. Like, raiders bad shape. I’m jk. No one is in that bad. Lol. They’re salary situation will take a couple of years to get straight. This means that San Diego will be the only competition in the afc west. 1 year ago at this time we were coming off a 2-14 season. We exceeded expectations last year with an easy schedule and now everyone is freaking out because we don’t looking a sb team. Haha. This season we may appear to take a step back. That’s ok. I trust Dorsey after seeing the players he put on the field last year. I want us to be a contender EVERY year, not just this year.

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