Kansas City Chiefs: Projected 2014 Lineup and Position Grades

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Kansas City Chiefs: Projected 2014 Lineup and Position Grades
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The Kansas City Chiefs' 2013 season was supposed to be an experiment.

Following a 2-14 finish the year prior, Kansas City cleaned house, dumping much-maligned general manager Scott Pioli, as well as head coach Romeo Crennel. It also brought a long-overdue end to the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Matt Cassel) era.

With new coordinators on offense and defense to boot, it was generally expected that the Chiefs would endure an adjustment period while adapting to new schemes.

That was until a man sporting a robust mustache walked into town with something else in mind: the playoffs.

For anybody outside of the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot, it was a laughable concept. NFL teams simply don't transition from "earning" the No. 1 draft slot to becoming a playoff contender over a single offseason.

As you may know, Kansas City obliterated that sentiment, not only reaching the playoffs, but remaining the NFL's lone undefeated squad well into November.

Though the Chiefs failed to snap their 20-year postseason winless streak, it's hard to consider their 2013 season anything other than a total success.

But, the narrative is a bit different heading into 2014; much is expected from Kansas City—anything short of at least a playoff victory will likely be considered a failure. With one of the league's toughest schedules, it'll have its work cut out for it.

Let's take an early look at which players could see the field as starters on the Chiefs' difficult trek to January.


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