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Much like the situation in Arizona, many feel that a new quarterback will cure all that ails the Kansas City Chiefs. It is true that Alex Smith represents an improvement from the inconsistent play of former starter Matt Cassel. Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe also each rank among the first class of running backs and wideouts in the NFL, respectively.
However, the Chiefs have many other problems which will hinder them from making the playoff run that many analysts imply might be in store for them. For starters, other than safety Eric Berry and all-purpose weapons Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, the defense is pretty much in shambles.
The Chiefs ranked No. 25 in the NFL in points allowed last season, and No. 27 in rushing yards allowed. Tyson Jackson and Dontari Poe, two Combine wonders, still have yet to show that they can consistently stop opposing rush attacks, and no major offseason additions were made (unless you count new starting linebacker Akeem Jordan from the also-woeful defense in Philadelphia) on the defensive front.
In addition, Smith was one of the more efficient and turnover-averse quarterbacks in the league the past two seasons. That, however, was when he had the best offensive line in football giving him plenty of time in the pocket to make decisions and identify his checkdown options.
Now, Smith will be playing behind a line that needs so much help that they had to take an offensive tackle (Eric Fisher) with the first overall pick of the NFL Draft. Other than Fisher and left tackle Branden Albert, the corps protecting Smith still need a lot of help.