The Kansas City Chiefs aren't as bad as their 2-14 record would suggest. From a talent standpoint, Kansas City is much better than teams like the New York Jets or the Jacksonville Jaguars, who will be picking behind the Chiefs in April's NFL Draft.
So, why are the Chiefs currently on the clock with the No. 1 pick? There are a number of reasons.
First, they were completely inept offensively thanks to some terrible quarterback play by the duo of Brady Quinn and Matt Cassell, which led to Kansas City being second to last in passing. The Chiefs also finished dead last in the NFL in scoring, averaging a meager 13.2 points per game.
This is despite having a Pro Bowl WR in Dwayne Bowe and an electrifying RB like Jamaal Charles.
Second, Romeo Crennel was never the man to coach this team. In his first game as interim head coach, he led the team to a shocking upset over unbeaten Green Bay last season and that bought him a second chance at running things for an NFL franchise.
In his first full season as Chiefs head coach, however, the wheels progressively came off Kansas City's wagon.
As bad as they were on offense, the team didn't do particularly well on the defensive side of the ball either. That's the area where Crennel's presence was supposed to have the most impact.
Instead, the Chiefs struggled to stop the run, allowing 125.7 yards per game on the ground (27th in the league) and were 20th in total yards allowed. On the bright side, they finished 12th in pass defense, thanks in large part to pass-rushing dynamos Tamba Hali (9 sacks) and Justin Houston (10 sacks).
These elements combined with some untimely injuries are what led to Kansas City finishing tied for the NFL's worst record with the Jaguars.
That being said, all is not lost, Chiefs fans. Kansas City still has plenty of young talent on the roster in guys like Charles, Hali and S Eric Berry. They also have the fortune of possessing the No. 1 overall pick, albeit in a draft that isn't deep at QB.
As we learned from this year's Indianapolis Colts, you can bounce back from a dreadful season if you make the right moves. That's why I've come up with five moves the Chiefs should make that will help them escape the NFL's basement.