Jun 5, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid speaks to media after the mini camp at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Eye On Kansas City


An anomaly I always found very odd was that the lower San Diego region was infested with Kansas City Chiefs fans. I’ve experienced watching three childhood friends move to Kansas City. Whatever it is, I’m sure much like myself, there are plenty of transplant Chargers fans scattered throughout the nation, possibly in Kansas City too. Nevertheless, the Chiefs managed to lose their way into becoming cellar dwellers four times in the last six years which leads to high draft picks. Despite their 2-14 record, the Chiefs have a loaded roster and have the potential to break out. They upgraded their head coaching position with long-time Eagles head coach Andy Reid and their new quarterback Alex Smith will be taking over for Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn.

First, let’s examine their deep defense. Eric Berry when healthy is a legitimate threat at safety, even when he didn’t deserve nor played as respectably to Eric Weddle, he still received the nod to the pro-bowl. Joining him in the backfield are new comers Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson, not to mention Brandon Flowers. In the 2008 draft, the San Diego Chargers were projected to select Flowers at No. 28 in the first round, but instead chose Antoine Cason. It’s unknown what the Chiefs will do with the two high-profile cornerbacks when they already had one on the bench. Likely, Robinson will rotate in or play the nickel since he’s the oldest of the three. Having three reputable corners is never a bad thing. Rounding out the free safety position is Kendrick Lewis, not that it matters!

At linebacker, they have Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson, just a few household names. Thanks to the draft, the Chiefs could very well have shaken up their left inside linebacker position currently held by former Charger, Brandon Siler, to newly drafted Nico Johnson. Both Hali and D. Johnson made the pro-bowl but it was Houston who led the team with 10 sacks. They have a tough group of linebackers, it is to be seen whether they match up to the Chargers core of backers.

The weak link, the defensive line consists of Tyson Jackson, Dontari Poe and Allen Bailey. The first two men are former first round picks, the first, Jackson has been a disappointment to Kansas City, while nose tackle Poe won the team “Rookie of the Year” and expected to be a breakout star. It’ll be up to our new guards and incumbent center to keep these three at bay, aside from Poe this shouldn’t be too much trouble.
On offense, the Chiefs are slightly less stacked. They have arguably the best running back in the AFC West in Jamaal Charles and did themselves a huge favor by drafting Knile Davis. Davis will be taking over for Peyton Hillis who didn’t live up to the hype he brought with him from Cleveland.

Alex Smith is an upgrade at the quarterback position but it remains to be seen if Smith was a product of a Jim Harbaugh’s system. Smith didn’t truly flourish until his sixth season in San Francisco and even then he was still only a mid-level quarterback. Smith averages 6.6 yards per attempt, never thrown for more than 18 touchdowns in a season, and has a 38-36, win-loss record. Without Steve Breaston, the Chiefs will be back to relying upon Jon Baldwin to pair up with Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster. Will Bowe, McCluster and Baldwin be an effective combination to slow down opposing defenses? In my opinion, Bowe is highly overrated, he’ll get the job done, but shouldn’t be mentioned in the circle of elite receivers.

At tight end, they have Tony Moeaki and newly drafted Travis Kelce. Moeaki hasn’t had the most exciting career since being drafted in 2010 but really took a solid step forward as the third leading receiver behind only Bowe and McCluster. Kelce will be replacing Kevin Boss, who was supposed to have shared the starting role with Moeaki, unfortunately he didn’t start past two games. Kelce will be an immediate upgrade to start along side Moeaki.

The obvious, the Kansas City Chief did themselves a huge favor by taking the best player in the draft at the first pick, Eric Fisher. Fisher will start at right tackle since a certain veteran Brandon Albert refuses to leave his seat at left tackle. Their bookends are solid and Fisher would eventually swing over to his natural position at left if Albert doesn’t get a long-term deal in the next year. The Chiefs will also have to crown a new center with the retirement of Ryan Lilja. While at guard, Jeff Allen, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz will all compete for the two starting jobs. None of these players come with any real shock value, yet can be immediate starters.

Mostly importantly, what will make this team look different from what their record suggests will be indicative of its newest addition, Andy Reid. Andy Reid coached the Philadelphia Eagles for 14 season, winning 1 NFC Championship, appearing in 5 NFC Championship games and 9 playoff appearances. Reid capped off his tenured in the city of brotherly love with his worse record to date as a head coach at 4-12. Whether Reid still has what it takes to win games is in question, but nobody should underestimate his football aptitude and knowledge of the game. It was Reid who made the blueprints to nearly stopping the 2007 Patriots, with a backup quarterback named A.J. Feeley. Before the Eagles met the Pats in game 11, the Patriots had dominated their first eight opponents by 20, sometimes 30 points. The Eagles, under Reid’s command took the lead twice in the game, the first and only team to do so in the 2007 season. After Reid’s Eagles lost by three points, three more teams used those same blueprints and would go on to keeping the score close before New England finished the regular season at 16-0. Andy Reid is not to be overlooked or laughed at, his new team could possibly creep up on the division. Reid came into this team with a loaded roster and soon we’ll see what the old dog has left up his sleeve!

Do we have what it takes to go pound for pound against the Chiefs? We have a strong defensive line and linebacking core. With the exception of Eric Weddle, the defensive backs are a bit shaky and unknown. The O-line isn’t largely repaired but will do for now. Rivers finally has an arsenal of receivers and running backs to make huge play. Lastly, I have good feeling Antonio Gates will return to form.

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  • Alter Ego

    Reid is scary good. His addition to the AFC West makes the division a three team race and will make the AFC West a tough out against other divisions.
    Mike McCoy is the perfect fit for San Diego. His ability to transform an offense utilizing the strengths of the talent on the field will make the Chargers a surprise loss for the majority of his opponents.
    I believe two teams emerge from the West to the playoffs – with Reid…it may be three.

    • arnie

      it’s easy to defend Ried. 1st down, pass. 2nd down, pass. 3 down, throw pass to the RB.

      • Alter Ego

        I wouldn’t call it easy. Nine playoff teams in 14 years is pretty damn good. Scary good.

        • arnie

          No doubt. No disrespect to Big Red. It’s a what have you done lately league, is where i’m coming from. Those scenarios are just a indication of his critics, and his questionable undoing the last few seasons.
          It’s like 60% or 70% percent of what Reid has done is passing. And he’s asking a QB that has never thrown more than 18 TD in his career.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Exactly.. and Smith also lost his job to a rookie QB. Not to compare apples to oranges, because KC & Philly are different animals, and had different circumstances. But, Andy Reid had one of the most stacked teams in recent NFL history (The Dream Team), and coached them to a fourth round draft pick. Perhaps the players never “bought in”, but isn’t that Reid’s job as a coach… to get the players to buy in? The same folks who are jocking the Chiefs right now were convinced that the “Dream Team” was going to the Super Bowl that year.. and they definitely didn’t predict the Eagles to be picking in the early rounds of the 2013 draft last year. As a matter of fact, they had the Chiefs unseating US last year as well… but they went 2-14. Can you be any further off? So, why are people buying into the Chiefs again? I don’t get it.

          • RepOurChiefs

            Smh smith lost his job do to good business. ..what they drinking on in san diego?!!! Lmao

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Bwahahahaha! Tell yourself whatever makes you feel better, son. He went down with a concussion, and they gave his job to a kid! One that is actually capable of getting them over the hump. They made Kaepernick the starter… not that there was even a remote chance Smith would get the job back. Mainly because Kaepernick can score more than one TD a game (and the Niners are STACKED).. and they never looked back. They realized taking Smith in the first round, instead of Aaron Rodgers was a foolish mistake, and got a better QB in there… one who had practically no NFL gametime experience. Good business? What are YOU friggin smoking? The Chiefs went 2-14! Hiring Andy Reid, and getting Smith was a good move, compared to what you had, or the QB options in the draft… but, acting like that immediately makes you a contender is a reach. Even if it does happen.. it is very presumptuous at this point for Chief fans to think they can go from 2-14, to making the playoffs, already… no matter what the morons at the NFL Network think.. who are usually dead wrong about half of their predictions.

          • RepOurChiefs

            Well I dont predict anything..im a lets see kind of guy. Still wld like to know what you guys are drinking on that got yall all up in your feelings though..lmao. Rivers sucks..Smith sucks..ok..mooooving oon..lol

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Not worked up, but you left two comments for me, and are littering this “Chargers Blog” with comments like “you are delusional”. The comparison between Alex Smith, and Philip Rivers is the only “delusional” thing here. Your team would take Rivers over Smith in a heartbeat!

            Alex Smith is a one TD average per game “game managing” QB, despite the fact that he had the best offensive line in football, a top notch running game, a wicked defense, and arguably the best coach in football. Philip Rivers is a multi pro-bowl QB, who was forced to carry the team. He made mistakes, because he was constantly under duress… had an awful o-line.. no running game… a general manager who traded away his best weapons.. and had the one of the worst coaches in football. He STILL had an average year, and cranked out 7 wins to your 2… and you guys had an unprecedented 6 pro-bowlers, and one of the best running backs in the league… you still got swept by the Raiders! We had no pro-bowlers, and still only missed .500 by a game.

          • RepOurChiefs

            Ok chief..lol its your world. See ya game time…there’s more littering to do. A classic rivers meltdown wld make my season as well when tamba and company get after em. #Red&Gold

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            He only had one sack in each game against us, and we had an undrafted rookie free agent at left tackle, and a sack of potatoes for a left guard..Tamba Hali had a whopping 9 sacks on the season (which is pretty average, if you ask me). In fact, he registered a big fat goose-egg in 8 out of 16 games last season (That’s half of the games!). What were the scores again? 37-20.. 31-13.. hahaha. See ya on the grid iron, when Freeney shows his spin move to Alex Smith ; )#Blue&Gold

          • arnie

            The only thing Rivers sucks at, is figuring out how to lose to the chiefs.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        hahaha… not predictable at all… will Charles be as good as Brian Westbrook? that is the question

        • arnie

          the faces may change, but the man behind the mustache remains the same. LOL

        • Clint Moran

          Will Charles be as good as Brian Westbrook? Really? Look, I stumbled across this article from arrowhead addict, so I am a chiefs fan, but with plenty of respect to the rest of the afc west (well, except the raiders). Jamaal Charles has the highest ypc average in nfl history. Think about that for a bit, now think about the qb play that has accompanied him. So opposing defenses new that the only threat facing them, was Charles. Teams have game planned against him his entire career, yet he still holds that record. I’m not sure what the future holds for this new offense, but Charles, will be Charles, barring injury, of course.

          • RepOurChiefs

            They wont even give JC his due as a proven back…! Wow..delusional much charger fans? Lol

          • arnie

            The only delusions i have, is being worried Reid can take a 2-14 team to playoff team, “with the same squad”.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    The main problem that KC had last season was QB play. Fortunately for us, they picked a weak QB draft year to go 2-14 (depending on how you feel about us not getting a left tackle this year, as they all went off the board, because there were no QB’s). So, they did the next best thing, which was get Alex Smith as a stop-gap. Unless he balls out (which I think is unlikely), they still need to fill that hole. So, they will either need to be REALLY bad again.. trade the farm to get a good QB moving forward.. Or, hit the jackpot on some unknown 3rd round QB like Russell Wilson. Not that it can’t be done…. But, I hope they do really bad, or trade the farm, and end up with a bust of a QB.. LMAO!

    • FaAmos

      You nailed it, the Chiefs were a product of terrible QB play. Just take a look at the Colts, Redskins, 49ers, and Seahawks all four teams vastly improving when once they found a solid QB under center and that shows all you need to see to understand that in today’s game you must have a great QB to win, no more winning Super Bowls with a Trent Dilfer under the helm.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Agreed, FaAmos. Alex Smith is definitely an upgrade, but he just lost his job to a rookie QB, and is widely considered a “game manager”. He MIGHT be enough of an upgrade to get you to the playoffs.. but, probably not much further. Having said that, one of the best games I saw him play was against the Saints in the 2011 playoffs, where he went toe to toe with Drew Brees, and won! I was cheering for him that day. But, I didn’t see that same kind of fire the following season, before he got injured. The question is “Which Alex Smith is going to show up”? The guy who put up a ton of points against a REALLY high powered Saints offense, in a “do or die” situation.. or the guy who plays it safe, averages one TD per game, and can’t use the entire field? We’ll see.

        • Kisersosay

          I’ll take the Alex Smith that won more games than the Chiefs and Chargers combined….

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Not to be argumentative, but the 49′ers were an AWESOME team w/ great coaching, and won in spite of Alex Smith throwing one TD per game.. not because of it. He didn’t throw a lot of INT’s, I’ll give him that. But, he is not a pro-bowl caliber QB, or even close to it. He’s about as good as the Freemans, Ponders, and Bradfords of the league. And, I have a hard time throwing Bradford in that mix.

          • Kisersosay

            My point was that you should throw Rivers in that group the way he has played the last couple of years….and don’t be surprised if AS > PR in 2013….His stats have been better the last two years than Phillip’s other than the TD’s. BTW I find it funny that you think a team wins 13 games despite their QB that had 8 game winning drives in the fourth Quarter….

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            He also had the best offensive line in the game, a top notch run game, and a top notch defense that could keep games close. Philip had a crappy o-line, and a horrible head coach, and a GM that let all of his weapons walk out the door. Not to mention he is a Pro-Bowler, and puts up an average of 4,000 yards per season, despite all of this. To even insinuate that he should be mentioned in the same conversation as the guys I mentioned is ludicrous. Ask any team in the NFL to pick between Rivers, Ponder, Smith, Freeman, and Bradford.. And I am certain they would all pick PR17. Including the Chiefs, FYI. And, you could probably add about ten more QB’s to that list.

          • Kisersosay

            Wait….didn’t Phillip have all that a few years ago? Seems like you are talking out of both sides of your mouth….One is a good QB with all that and another is the rest of the team is good….funny…..

          • RepOurChiefs

            Hahaha…as you can see he wont even give you credit for the great points (facts) you are mentioning. Cry baby rivers isnt a elite qb either and they know that but time to put up or shut is upon us.

          • arnie

            My QB has never thrown for less than 3,000 YDS. Yours has reached that bench mark “ONCE”.
            Keep talkin’, it’s all you have.

  • klr

    If there are any charger fans in kc . Iv never seen them

  • Joel

    Well the chiefs strength is their D-fence . Arguably the chargers and chiefs have roughly equal defenses… The chiefs fans might cry foul on that because they have more “pro bowl” players and a better pass rush, but still as a whole their defense still couldn’t stop 14 teams from coming away with a W last year. The chargers have a top 10 D and lots of potential and young players who haven’t peaked yet so I think this is fair.
    Where things change is offense, the chiefs can’t hold a candle to the chargers WR, TE or QB. Only the O-line and RB are potentially better with the chiefs. Hopefully the chargers O-line holds up enough and the bolts can put a scoring frenzy on the chiefs. I just don’t believe in Alex smith, and it does seem like Andy Reid has declined unlike mike McCoy who seems primed to break out

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I remember the KC / Steelers game from last season. It was brutal to watch. It was Matt Cassel against Byron Leftwich. Leftwich was AWFUL, and kept giving KC chance after chance to win. But, KC just floundered. Their “D” actually held up pretty well (even if it WAS Byron Leftwich). But, Cassel was horrid, and the ground game couldn’t bail him out. I don’t think Smith is that much of an upgrade, so it just shows me that no matter how good their run game is, they still need a better QB than him. Even if he does get them a couple more “W”s in sloppy games like the one I just mentioned.. they won’t be able to contend with high scoring teams like Denver, or us.

      • RepOurChiefs

        See above. Smh They havent started scoring yet! Lol New Season!

        • arnie

          We haven’t played a game. we still win.

    • FaAmos

      Man you haven’t graduated to 2013 yet and seem to still be living in 2008, sorry bro but Gates is done and as been done for some time and all your offense has over KC albeit an important position but Rivers at QB is the only positon you have on KC’s offense. Your WR’s aren’t better than KC’s, KC’s Recievers aren’t better than yours they grade out about the same the only problem is we’ve had Matt Cassel’s joke ass throwing to them and not a solid starter like Alex Smith who isn’t Payton Manning but he’s a huge upgrade over Cassel and should give us time to find an elite QB that KC has dreamed of for so long but don get to cocky with Rivers because ever since LT has left Rivers numbers have dwindled each year and trading all the way up that you did to grab Ryan Matthews was a terrible move when it happened and still is a terrible move looking back at it so for Phillips sale you might wanna start finding a solid RB because Matthews is not that guy.

      • arnie

        Yet our done TE an average WR still managed 7 wins. how did your awesome squad do? 2008/2-14, 2009/4-12, 2010/10-6, 2011/7-9, 2012/2-14. seems like they’ve come full circle.
        2010 was good year. but oh, i’m sorry. this 2013. i think we can see who needs to wake up.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Maybe they like bad combinations of the numbers 2, 1, and 4?

        • RepOurChiefs

          Truth be told..no1 knows til they take the field. New season and the one b4 dont matter for either team..clean slate so lets just get ready for some football. Go Chiefs!

          • arnie

            Maybe you don’t know. But i know what team is capable of.
            Go Bolts!

          • RepOurChiefs

            Capable of and actually doing is two diff things and no1 is “doing” right now. A leaf is capable of falling straight to the ground out of a tree but while “doing” so can shift to left or right to glide. My statement still stands. Go Chiefs. #youhaventseennothingyet

          • arnie

            Well here’s some “actual doing” for you. Your coach is was fired for back to back losing seasons, with a stacked roster. And you expect him to do great things, with a ball-manager, that has never passed for more the 18TD an 2,000 in his career. You are not the 9ers.
            My New head coach was the old OC that kicked you teams tail. He is now the coach the QB that also kicked your teams tail. these are the facts. the dates may have changed, the results are the same.
            Your statement doesn’t have two legs to stand on.
            GO BOLTS!

  • bmoney

    Brandon siler = no longer a chief

  • FaAmos

    Actually I have ever seen a Chargers fan in Kansas City, mostly just Chief fans and thanks for passing up on Flowers, we couldn’t ask for a better second round pick.

  • tuvu

    Do you guys miss marty too?

  • Kyle ferguson

    You charger fans are so ignorant about Alex smith, ya he lost out to a rookie but look at what that rookie was doing, and he was more athletic wich was a plus in that system. And Alex didn’t get pulled he went down with an injury. He took the ninners to the NFC championship game two years ago and while he was under center last season a lot of people thought the ninners where the best team in the league, he has also shown that he can make big plays in big games when they where under dogs to the saints two years ago and put together his best game as a pro made big plays down the stretch not only with his arm but with his legs as well. He was hella clutch and willed his way to the NFC championship game. He brings leadership to the qb position for us and should thrive under Reid who has made guys such as Kevin kolb look like an nfl starter. The post also failed to mention the addition of Austen lane who has been a beast in camp, the fact that Tyson started looking really good at the end of last season, the addition of fasano at te giving us 3 threats at the position and the speedy Avery at wide out who is coming off a good year with the colts, and the center poison isn’t up for grabs Rodney Hudson who missed last season with a broken leg will be back to play center this season. I don’t see the chargers being a problem for us this season your d isn’t what it used to be and I don’t see how your going to stop Tamba or Justin when they bull rush who ever you decide to put a left tackle

  • RepOurChiefs

    Let me sum this article up. Whats it’s saying is …. (Beware, the Chiefs WILL be competing this year so cry baby rivers…pull it together!) Lol Go Chiefs

    • arnie

      let sum this Up. no way a 18 TD ball manager, is going to get better than 6 wins,if your lucky.
      Go Bolts!

  • Joe Myers

    You all suck your team sucks your city sucks yiur stadium sucks . Get used to it !!!