The 2014 Kansas City Chiefs are a tale of new faces in new places, which has the potential to get them over the infamous hump (see: migraine-inducing, 20-year winless playoff streak) that has annually taunted them for two decades.
Conversely, the experiment also has the potential to crash and burn, penning another depressing, "we'll get 'em next year" chapter in Kansas City's athletic archive.
On paper, the Chiefs defense looks to tout at least one new starter in all three lines of defense (defensive line, linebackers and secondary). Offensively, with the exception of slot receiver, the team's list of skill-position playmakers will return the usual suspects, while the offensive line doubles as the world's meatiest crapshoot.
However, a season ago, lackluster depth served as the proverbial thorn in Kansas City's side.
Despite injuries riddling the postseason offense, it still managed to pin 44 points on a Robert Mathis-led Indianapolis Colts defense.
The defense, meanwhile, veered off the path of success and hightailed it into the nearest ditch. Once Justin Houston was sidelined, a hobbled Tamba Hali failed to generate a pass rush by his lonesome, which, in the Chiefs' case (excluding Eric Berry), exposed the oxymoron known as "safeties."
The new recruits were enlisted to, in one way or another, avert the same tragedy from birthing a sequel.