Shutdown Corner of Yahoo Sports is currently posting their NFL preseason rankings for 2014. Frank Schwab of Shutdown Corner lists the KC Chiefs at number 19.
If you’re an optimistic Chiefs fan, you might want to avoid looking at the article, as Schwab did not have very nice things to say about Kansas City. He made sure to remind all of us of the horrendous playoff loss in January, and didn’t really compliment the Chiefs much (although I can’t say that I have been either, after my “Cons of 2014 Season” article).
After venting about the playoff loss and the Chiefs’ weak schedule in 2013, Schwab really went off on was how poorly Kansas City did during free agency.
“In the first 90 minutes of free agency the Chiefs lost five key players – tackle Branden Albert, guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz, defensive end Tyson Jackson and receiver-returner Dexter McCluster. They would later lose cornerback Brandon Flowers and safeties Quintin Demps and Kendrick Lewis, all probable starters on their new teams. But Kansas City made up for it by signing … well, not much. Guard Jeff Linkenbach was a part-time starter with the Colts, as was cornerback Chris Owens with the Dolphins. Vance Walker was a solid defensive tackle for the Raiders.”
It wasn’t all bad though. Schwab had some nice things to say.
“Kansas City still has a lot of good players who helped get that wild-card spot, and Reid is a very good coach. Because the schedule will get much tougher – it would be almost impossible to get worse – and the loss of so many key contributors, the Chiefs will take a step back this season. And if they get back to the playoffs, Reid deserves that coach of the year award that eluded him last year.”
Schwab also thinks that former first overall pick Eric Fisher will have a breakout season (boy I sure hope so). He thinks that Fisher being back at left tackle will do wonders, but that his real breakout season will be in 2015.
Schwab said that the worst case scenarios for Kansas City going into next year are for the defense to play as poorly as it did at the end of 2013 and/or if Jamaal Charles gets injured at all. Both of these could indeed be deadly to the Chiefs.
You won’t be shocked to hear that the article doesn’t seem to promote much postseason success for Kansas City next year. Let’s hope our boys prove Shutdown Corner wrong.
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