Kansas City Chiefs: 10 Burning Questions for Their Offseason
The Kansas City Chiefs entered this offseason with many question marks about their organization as a whole.
During the next several months they will need to make many big decisions, including who is going to be their starting QB and who will man the sidelines as their head coach for the '12 season.
Here are the 10 most burning questions that KC will face this offseason.
Who Will Be the Head Coach Next Season?
This was probably the biggest question for the Chiefs heading into this offseason.
Ever since Todd Haley was fired less than a month ago, there seems to be a strong feeling around Kansas City that interim HC Romeo Crennel will get the permanent job.
I would expect that we will know who the next head coach of this team will be within the next two weeks.
Who Will Be the Offensive Coordinator Next Season?
Last season, the Chiefs offense was led by 69 year-old OC Bill Muir.
According to reports, it appears that Muir will hang it up and retire this offseason.
That opens the door for QBs coach Jim Zorn to take over as his likely successor.
Will They Go with Cassel or Orton as Their Starting QB........
There appears to be another QB controversy in Kansas City once again.
Incumbent starter Matt Cassel has left much to be desired on the field during his two-plus seasons as the Chiefs starting quarterback, but soon to be free agent Kyle Orton isn't exactly a shoe-in either.
Many seem to think that the Chiefs will just stick with Matt Cassel for another season, considering that Orton will be a free agent soon and that Cassel is tied to general manager Scott Pioli.
Of course, they could always go with the option in my next slide as well.
Or Will They Try to Draft a QB of the Future in April?
It's no secret that the Chiefs organization has been starving for a franchise QB for awhile.
With all of the young, offensive playmakers that KC currently possesses, there might not be a better time than now to draft and develop their QB of the future.
With blue-chip QB prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III likely gone by the time Kansas City will pick in the first round, it might be better if they go with a guy like Arizona's Nick Foles in the second round of April's draft.
The longer that this organization waits to get a great signal caller, the longer that it will be before they become a championship level team.
Can GM Scott Pioli Put Together Another Solid Draft for This Franchise?
After a lousy first draft with this organization, Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has seemingly put together two strong drafts in a row for this franchise.
In the past two drafts, he has netted playmakers like Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki, Kendrick Lewis, Justin Houston and Dexter McCluster.
Once again, April's draft will be another pivotal one for the future of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pioli needs to make smart decisions like he has done the past two years if he wants to keep this franchise moving in the right direction from a talent standpoint.
Will They Re-Sign Dwayne Bowe?
Re-signing Bowe needs to be a priority for the Chiefs brass this offseason.
The Pro Bowl wideout is coming off his second straight season with at least 1,100-plus receiving yards and he also made his fair share of amazing catches in the '11 campaign.
We've all seen what happens to the KC passing offense when Bowe isn't in the game; they struggle mightily to move the ball.
Without Bowe this offense could really struggle going forward, which is why the Chiefs management needs to lock him up for the long-term sooner rather than later.
Will They Re-Sign Brandon Carr?
Just like with Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs need to re-sign talented CB Brandon Carr.
With Carr, KC would have arguably the best secondary in the entire league.
He is one of the most underrated players at his position and it would leave a gaping hole in the KC secondary next season if they aren't able to retain him.
There are likely many other teams in the NFL that would be willing to overpay for Carr's services, which means that Kansas City needs to give him a new deal to keep him in KC for many more years to come.
How Will They Address the Holes in the Offensive Line?
It's safe to say that the Chiefs already have three of their offensive line positions set for the future.
LT Branden Albert, C Rodney Hudson and RG Jon Asamoah all seem to be solid long-term solutions for this unit.
However, right tackle Barry Richardson and left guard Ryan Lilja were terrible last season and they need to be replaced immediately.
KC would be foolish to not beef up their offensive line in the draft, considering the fact that this class is very deep in that area.
How Will They Address the Nose Tackle Position?
In order to build a successful 3-4 defensive scheme, you must have an adequate nose tackle to plug in on your defensive line.
Last season, the Chiefs had veteran NT Kelly Gregg to man that position for their defense.
With Gregg not likely to be re-signed the offseason, KC will have to either go out and get a new NT or they could see what they have in second-year man Jerrell Powe.
Either way, there will likely be a new nose tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs beginning next season.
When Will Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry Be Back in Action?
Early last season, the Chiefs were dealt three big blows on their roster.
RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki and S Eric Berry were all lost for the year due to ACL injuries by just the second week of the regular season.
By all accounts, their progress has been doing well and KC hopes that that will continue as this offseason pushes forward.
Kansas City will need all three of these playmakers this season if they are going to make another strong push for the playoffs in 2012.