With all of the negative news surrounding the KC Chiefs lately, it’s hard to be optimistic about the upcoming season. Whether it’s been players leaving via free agency, getting released, getting suspended, or just plain not playing well in preseason, it’s terrifying to look at the next few weeks and be excited.
Yes, football is back and that’s a reason to celebrate, but Chiefs fans should be worried. This year is not going to be pretty.
So, where should I start?
The playoffs were a disaster and shortly after the NFL season ended, the Chiefs lost Dexter McCluster, Geoff Schwartz, Jon Asamoah, and Branden Albert to free agency. Months later, Kansas City decided to release Brandon Flowers, who signed with AFC West rival San Diego.
Now you fast forward to within the last month and what do you see? Well, you see a team that has had two players suspended. Dwayne Bowe was suspended for one game for his arrest last season and Donald Stephenson was suspended for four games for violating the PED policy.
Those are both bad enough on their own, but you delve deeper and see that the Chiefs don’t have any big names on their wide receiver chart or on the offensive line. Not to mention Eric Fisher has been struggling in the preseason and we’re trying to get our quarterback signed to a long term deal.
How is Alex Smith going to play well when the Chiefs’ offensive line is missing a key player? The line looks shaky even with Stephenson in the lineup, so just imagine the horror when he’s absent for the first four games of the season.
Speaking of Alex Smith, he and outside linebacker Justin Houston both want new deals. It was announced yesterday that there’s “not a chance” that Houston gets the kind of deal he wants this season. It’d be stupid for the Chiefs to let one of their best players go. Do something about this KC and do it NOW.