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4 Moves the Kansas City Chiefs Should Have Made This Offseason

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJuly 16, 2014

4 Moves the Kansas City Chiefs Should Have Made This Offseason

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    The 2014 offseason is the first time head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey have spent a complete one together. Last year, Reid was hired in early January and Dorsey in the middle of the same month. This time, Reid and Dorsey went into the offseason as returning members of the franchise for the first time.

    When a front office unit can stay together and avoid crucial losses, it puts franchises ahead while a few are too focused on finding replacements.

    But even so, the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have an enticing offseason.

    In this slideshow, we look back at the offseason to see which moves the Chiefs should have made to strengthen their chances for 2014.

Backup Quarterback

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    Projected Quarterback Depth Chart:

    Alex Smith

    Chase Daniel

    Tyler Bray

    Aaron Murray

     

    If the NFL’s quarterback depth were based on which team has quarterbacks who had the most success in college, the Chiefs would probably be listed first. But outside of Alex Smith, the quarterbacks on the roster either have very limited experience or have been in the league very briefly.

    Chase Daniel was impressive in the regular season finale against San Diego when Reid wisely rested Smith and all of the other starters. Excluding his game against the Chargers, Daniel has thrown 17 pass attempts in his four-year career behind Smith and Drew Brees.

    Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray shined in the SEC. At the same time, their exact talent level in the NFL is anyone’s guess.

    Point being; if Smith suffers a season-ending injury early in the season, can the Chiefs be the same team or find success without Smith? It is hard to feel optimistic about that when you consider the quarterbacks on the roster. A veteran backup, similar to Damon Huard in 2006, would be a nice insurance policy in case things go wrong.

    It is likely that Reid has a lot of confidence in who he has, hence why the team drafted Murray rather than coming away with a free-agent quarterback.

     

    Possible Candidates Who Should/May Have Been Considered:

    Michael Vick (signed with New York Jets)

    Josh McCown (signed with Tampa Bay)

    Mike Kafka (signed with Tampa Bay)

No. 2 Wide Receiver

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    Projected Wide Receiver Depth Chart:

    Dwayne Bowe

    Donnie Avery

    Junior Hemingway

    A.J. Jenkins

    Kyle Williams

    Weston Dressler

     

    Despite stepping up with a monster postseason performance against the Indianapolis Colts, it is no secret that Dwayne Bowe took a big step back after hitting the jackpot with his new five-year contract. Many players go through a bad season or two in their career. Assuming Bowe rebounds, who else does quarterback Alex Smith have to throw to?

    Realistically, the Chiefs have a myriad of options for the No. 2 receiver spot. If the Chiefs end up keeping the wide receivers that they have into the regular season, it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the team has a new No. 2 wide receiver every other week.

    Flashes from Donnie Avery and Junior Hemingway were nice in 2013 but consistency will get the Chiefs through a challenging schedule.

     

    Possible Candidates Who Should/May Have Been Considered:

    Miles Austin (signed with Cleveland)

    Jason Avant (signed with Carolina)

    Hakeem Nicks (signed with Indianapolis)

    Lance Moore (signed with Pittsburgh)

Offensive Linemen

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    Projected Offensive Line Depth Chart:

    LT: Eric Fisher, J’Marcus Webb

    LG: Jeff Allen, Rishaw Johnson

    C: Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush

    RG: Jeff Linkenback, Zach Fulton

    RT: Donald Stephenson, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

     

    The Chiefs lost Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz on the first day of free agency. Eric Fisher allowed 8.5 sacks in 2013 and is expected to do better since he is switching to left tackle. Even so, Fisher appears to be the most viable lineman the Chiefs have.

    The Chiefs have a lot of inexperienced players who have seen limited time as starters throughout their careers. With some unknowns going into 2014, the Chiefs hope that Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson can use last year’s experience as a learning lesson and blossom into polished blockers this year.

     

    Possible Candidates Who Should/May Have Been Considered:

    LG Zane Beadles (signed with Jacksonville)

    C Alex Mack (re-signed with Cleveland)

    C Evan Dietrich-Smith (signed with Tampa Bay)

Kicker

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    Projected Kicker:

    Ryan Succop (Cairo Santos likely to be cut)

     

    Ryan Succop signed a six-year deal worth nearly $14.5 million before the end of the 2011 season. Since then, Succop has been on the bottom tier of kickers in the NFL. Just look at how he did last season compared to the rest of the league.

    He tied 26th in total field goal makes and 28th in field goal percentage. Succop made $715,000 last year and will earn $1.95 million for 2014.

    The Chiefs signed undrafted free agent Cairo Santos, but it doesn’t appear that he will push Succop for a spot on the team. Santos might have a similar role to what Matt Szymanski went through in 2012 when he played for the Chiefs during the 2012 preseason.

     

    Possible Candidates Who Should/May Have Been Considered:

    Garrett Hartley (free agent)

    Graham Geno (re-signed with Carolina)

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