This NFL offseason is far removed from last year’s edition. There is no lockout to detract from the draft, free agency or organized team activities. As a result, players and teams are better prepared for the rigors of the upcoming season.
The Kansas City Chiefs are just one of the teams glad there is normalcy again.
Team management let the lockout set the tone for their very forgettable 2011 season. The coaching staff and players came in ill-prepared, which led to injuries and ultimately cost head coach Todd Haley his job.
Most teams would fail to tread water after losing their starting running back, tight end, safety and quarterback. And general manager Scott Pioli was still trying to get his feet wet in Kansas City himself. As a result, the Chiefs suffered from a lack of depth and ultimately missed out on a return trip to the playoffs because of it.
Entering his fourth season with the Chiefs, Pioli was the architect of one of the best offseasons in recent memory for Kansas City. Players added via free agency and the draft will fill specific voids either as starters or as primary reserves. It seems there was logic behind every move the team made in preparation for the 2012 season.
However, nothing is perfect, and with limited resources and other various roadblocks, the Chiefs’ roster still has areas that need improvement. However, with training camp right around the corner, the deficiencies will shine through sooner rather than later.
Here are the three biggest trouble spots for the Chiefs heading into the 2012 season.