Why Jeremy Maclin was cut, and what it means for the Chiefs

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On Friday, Kansas City shocked the football world by releasing their best receiver, Jeremy Maclin. QB Alex Smith, like many of us, said he was in shock. TE Travis Kelce said it ripped his heart out. After catching 88 passes for 1,088 yards and 8 scores in a career-year 2015, he was hampered by injuries and with the sudden rise of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, his numbers fell to 44 catches, 536 yards, and 2 scores. Still, with no other proven receiver on the roster, his job appeared safe heading into 2017. Keep in mind, this year was just the third of a five-year, $55 million contract he signed in 2013. (The Chiefs were later charged with the tampering of Maclin, and lost 3rd and 6th round picks because of it.) Now, they are without the services of the 29-year old, but also gain $10M in cap space - money needed to sign their top two draft picks (QB Patrick Mahomes and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon). The thing that confuses most people, including myself at the time, is that if the Chiefs were [Read more...]

A Way Too Early Chiefs 53-man Roster Prediction

With the draft over and mini camps starting soon, there's not too much going on in the NFL world. Sure, Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement was rejected by the league, and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, but nothing major has happened. So, once again with fellow Chiefs enthusiast Brandon Norris, I bring you a way-too-early 53-man roster prediction for the Kansas City Chiefs. Brandon’s differences will be noted in parentheses. QB (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray Cut: Joel Stave Joel Stave doesn't seem like he'll beat out Tyler Bray, considering the latter remains on the roster despite being an undrafted free agent while drafted QB's Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan (both 5th round) are no longer with the team. RB (4 – 3 + 1 FB): Spencer Ware, Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman Cut: C.J Spiller Hunt will probably steal much of West's snaps on third down, and may even steal Ware's workload as the season progresses. Ware was far better in 2015 when the [Read more...]

Grading the Chiefs draft

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With the NFL Draft clearly in the rear view, its time to take a look back at what the Kansas City Chiefs did in effort to improve their roster. Unlike 2013-2016, where John Dorsey hoarded picks and was eager to trade down, he made some impressive trade ups – entering the draft with 10 picks, but selecting just six guys when it was all said and done. Most, if not all, of their picks were surprises to some degree. Round 1, Pick 10: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) I’m giving the Mahomes pick a B- for two reasons. One, we don’t know what his target start date is. Will it be 2018? 2019? It will heavily depend on how quickly he learns the offense. Two, whether or not Alex Smith continues to decline will also factor heavily into Mahomes’ start date. If he begins struggling, and fan outcry peaks, I don’t doubt the coaching staff will put Mahomes on the field. As far as Mahomes himself, I love what the Chiefs are doing. They have a Super Bowl caliber team, but not quarterback. Mahomes, with [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

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We're a mere hours from the NF draft. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our last shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft. Round One, Pick 27 My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson) I haven’t budged from this pick since day one, and spending the week re-watching the Chiefs 2016, I was reminded of how limiting Alex Smith is to this offense. With the help of Reid and the coaching staff the best can be brought out of him, and sitting behind Smith for a year or two will give him time to learn, and going from Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce is a rookie QB's dream. Brandon’s pick: RB Dalvin Cook (Florida St) Even though he had a bad combine, his film is special. He is amazing and will be an immediate replacement for Jamaal Charles. Round Two, Pick 59 My pick: CB Quincy Wilson (Florida) I picked Wilson here because the Chiefs need an upgrade at corner opposite Marcus Peters, and even if Terrance Mitchell is the real deal, can [Read more...]

NFL Mock Draft: Three Round Edition

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The NFL Draft is one day away, and it’s time for the second installment of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. These picks based upon whom I believe these teams need to take, given their current roster and draft tendencies. Once again, I collaborated with Brandon Norris, but unlike our first mock, we’re mocking three rounds this time. Round 1, Pick 1: Cleveland Browns My Pick: EDGE Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) Brandon’s Pick: EDGE Garrett Neither of our picks changed here. The Browns need an impact rusher who can make the lives of Ben Rothelisberger and Joe Flacco living hell. Round 1, Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers  My Pick: EDGE Solomon Thomas (Stanford) Brandon’s Pick: Thomas The 49ers need pass rushers, and Thomas reminds me of Julius Peppers on tape. Round 1, Pick 3: Chicago Bears My Pick: WR Mike Williams (Clemson) Brandon’s Pick: CB Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State) Mike Glennon needs someone to make plays for him. Do you really trust Cameron Meredith, Eddie Royal, or Markus [Read more...]

NFL First Round Mock Draft 1.0

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With the NFL draft just three weeks + one days away, it’s time for the first installment of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. These picks based upon whom I believe these teams need to take, given their current roster and draft tendencies. Round 1, Pick 1: Cleveland Browns: EDGE rusher Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) The Browns need a QB, but there’s not one in this draft worth the top pick. Garrett has the tools to build a defense around, and maybe even a franchise. Round 1, Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers: DE Solomon Thomas (Stanford) Great defenses have great pass rushers. Thomas can be that man. Round 1, Pick 3: Chicago Bears: DT Jonathan Allen (Alabama) The Bears need a true presence in the middle, and Allen can stop the run while pushing the pocket as a rusher. Round 1, Pick 4: Jacksonville Jaguars: SS Jamal Adams (LSU) The Jags have dedicated a ton of cap space and draft capital to their defense, so why not replace Jonathan Cyprien with a hard-hitting safety to scare teams away from the [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

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With the combine over, Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. With needs at quarterback and inside linebacker, the future of the franchise could ride on 2017's selections. Last year, the Chiefs hit home runs in the 2nd round (Chris Jones) and 5th round (Tyreek Hill and Eric Murray), but are needing depth at guard and defensive tackle. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our dart-board shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft. Round One, Pick 27 My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson) Brandon's pick: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) In both cases, the Chiefs get their man of the future. Alex Smith regressed in 2016, even though the team, particularly the offense, is loaded with playmakers. Mahomes is a gunslinger who can get outside of the pocket and make plays, too. He has inconsistent foot work, but possesses the arm strength and willingness to make plays down field, while Watson demonstrated an uncanny ability to [Read more...]

Breaking down the Chiefs busy week

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During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, soon-to-be free agent safety Eric Berry said he would not play 2017 under the franchise tag. On Tuesday, the Chiefs eliminated the possibility of Berry, the 5-time Pro Bowler, sitting out the upcoming season, by signing him to a 6-year, $78 million deal. With $40 million guaranteed and a $20 million bonus, Berry, coming off a career year in 2016 and two years seasons removed from beating cancer, has the largest contract ever awarded to a safety. Berry’s contract details include: $5 million first year cap hit. It includes a base salary of just $900,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000 (bonus is same in each year). $13 million cap number in 2018 $16.5 million cap number in 2019 $13.5 million cap number in 2020 $16 million cap number in 2021 $14 million in 2022 Berry is the heart and soul of the team, locker room leader and fan favorite. While the franchise continues to wilt under pressure, Berry has risen above the [Read more...]

Chiefs Early Offseason Outlook

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Happy Super Bowl morning to you and yours. While we wait for the big game, let's take a sneak peak into some decisions looming for the Chiefs this offseason. I've spent the month mourning, then wondering why I was so surprised that the Chiefs lost. With contracts to negotiate, players to move away, and coaching staff adjustments to be made, the season never truly ends for men like Clark Hunt, John Dorsey, and Andy Reid. 1. Re-sign Eric Berry, at all costs After playing out 2016 on the franchise tag, the gig is up for the Chiefs front office. It's time to pay up on their leader, best defensive player, and beating heart. Berry single-handedly turned the tide in wins at Atlanta and Carolina, and was a driving force in others. At 27, he's well in his prime and is arguably the game's best safety. It's possible he gets tagged again, but I'd find that to be disrespectful to Berry, who has gone through a lot to suit up for this franchise and Berry already said he won't play under the tag [Read more...]

Chiefs looking for 3rd home playoff win in Arrowhead History

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The NFL "flexed" the kickoff back to the primetime "Sunday Night Football" 7:30 slot in efforts to avoid the brunt of a potential Ice Storm, giving 7+ additional hours of anticipation for fans waiting to see the Chiefs first home playoff game since 2010 (and the third since 2003), where the Chiefs will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the right to face the winner of the AFC's other divisional round matchup (Texans travel to the Patriots Saturday Night) in the AFC divisional playoffs. The last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game? 1994 (1993 season). The opponent? The Steelers. These two teams met back in Week Four, and the Steelers routed the Chiefs 43-14. Many are pointing to that game as the main reason why Pittsburgh will win again, but there are some fundamental differences between the Chiefs team of then and the one of now, which is the reason why I believe Kansas City will advance in the playoffs. For starters, let's deal with the obvious. Star pass-rusher Justin [Read more...]