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Key Additions/Re-signings: OT Branden Albert, WR Donnie Avery, WR Dwayne Bowe, P Dustin Colquitt, QB Chase Daniel, DL Mike DeVito, TE Anthony Fasano, CB Dunta Robinson, QB Alex Smith, CB Sean Smith
Key Subtractions: TE Kevin Boss, WR Steve Breaston, QB Matt Cassel, DB Travis Daniels, DB Abram Elam, DT Glenn Dorsey, RB Peyton Hillis, OG Russ Hochstein, QB Brady Quinn, OT Eric Winston
There are still holes to fill on both sides of the ball, namely at outside linebacker, offensive tackle and defensive tackle. For the most part, though, the Chiefs have done an excellent job of building a team.
After adding Alex Smith, they showed they know his strengths and have assembled an offense that fits them. Smith loves to utilize tight ends, and adding Anthony Fasano gives the Chiefs a solid receiving option at the position without sacrificing too much in terms of blocking ability. Smith has also been at his best with a solid running game behind him, which he should have if Jamaal Charles is playing at his peak.
Stabilizing the receiving corps by retaining Dwayne Bowe, adding Donnie Avery and bringing back Branden Albert on the franchise tag were all good and necessary moves to bring Smith into the most nurturing environment possible.
On defense, the Chiefs made all the right moves toward building their new scheme. It will evidently be a 3-4 defense with man coverage on the back end, as Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson both fit that profile. Although DeVito is a scheme-versatile lineman, he is at his best at the 5-technique. That brand new unit will have to come together, as there is potential there. Until it does, I have my doubts.
Couple their signings on that side with the presence of outside linebacker Tamba Hali and safety Eric Berry, and the talent is clearly there for this unit and on offense as well. Will that talent realize its full potential under the coaching of Andy Reid? That will be the story of the Chiefs' 2013 season.