Additional Kansas City Chiefs Info
It's the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs! The Chiefs defeated the 49ers in the Super Bowl this past February. They are on their way to the top of the NFL once again.
The Kansas City Chiefs had a rather “routine” 2017 season, finishing the year 10-6, winning the AFC West, and losing to the Titans 22-21 on Wild Card weekend. Realizing that it was time to stop settling for average, the Chiefs went in a different direction this off season.
So what was that different direction for the Chiefs? Well, that would be the trading of franchise quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. The Chiefs traded up in 2017 to draft quarterback Pat Mahomes from Texas Tech in the first round. With Smith gone, the reigns now go to Mahomes, who looks ready. The next move the team made was to release a few veterans- cornerback Darrelle Revis, who fallen a long way from his time with the Jets as the league’s premier corner, and outside linebacker Tamba Hali. The team then traded talented but troubled cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams for draft picks. The next move was to sign talented wide receiver Sammy Watkins to provide a big target for Mahomes. To provide depth and insurance behind Mahomes, the team added quarterbacks Chad Henne and Matt McGloin at the end of free agency.
For the draft, by the time they were done wheeling and dealing, the team ended up with six selections and went all defense. In round two they drafted Breeland Speaks, a defensive end from Mississippi to shore up their now weak pass rush. With their two selections in round three, they went with tackle Derek Nnadi from Florida State and outside linebacker Dorian O’Daniel from Clemson. In round four they went with safety Armani Watts from Texas A&M. To finish out their draft they went with cornerback Tremon Smith from Arkansas and defensive tackle Kahlil Mackenzie from Tennessee. It is a new direction for the Chiefs in 2018, but don’t expect Mahomes to take the team to the promised land right off the bat.
Even though the Chiefs were great on defense last season, they still needed a defensive end. They drafted Dee Ford from Auburn with the 23rd selection overall in round one. They also needed a cornerback so they drafted Phillip Gaines from Rice in round two. Since Dexter McCluster left in free agency, the team needed a replacement. They found on in running back/wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas from Oregon in round three. Even though Alex Smith is not their long term starter, he is good for the short term, and the Chiefs drafted Aaron Murray to develop behind him in round five. The Chiefs also added two offensive lineman late, Zach Fulton, an offensive guard from Tennessee, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a offensive tackle from McGill.
The Kansas City Chiefs were founded in 1960 as the Dallas Texans. The Chiefs have only called three places home since their inception. While they were known as the Texans, they played in the Cotton Bowl from 1960-1962. In 1963 they moved to Kansas City and became known as the Chiefs. From 1963-1971 they played at Municipal Stadium and in 1972 they moved into Arrowhead Stadium, which is their home to this day. Since their founding in 1960, this is an organization that has done nothing but win. They have made the playoffs 17 times, won their division 8 times, they won the old AFL three times, the Super Bowl once, and every year they are competitive.
The Chiefs have very quickly turned this around. After falling in the cellar, they picked themselves up and have established an identity as a tough defensive team. Now the offense must improve if they are going to go forward.
2015 was a tale of two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. They began the year 1-5, losing their best player, running back Jamal Charles in the process, and were looking at the number one pick overall, also possibly replacing Alex Smith. Then the unthinkable happened. The Chiefs rattled off 10 wins in a row to finish the season, and won their Wild Card playoff game, before losing to the Patriots in the next round.
This offseason, the Chiefs realized they had a thinning out roster, so they decided to go for quantity in the draft. After wheeling and dealing, the Chiefs ended up with nine draft choices in total. Their primary needs were defensive tackle and the secondary. In round two, they drafted Chris Jones, an athletic defensive tackle from Mississippi State. He could fill the shoes of Dontari Poe long term next season.
Kansas City needed depth at cornerback and they got it. In round three, they drafted their first of three cornerbacks, KeiVarae Russell, from Notre Dame. In round four they drafted Eric Murray from Minnesota, and in round six they drafted D.J. White from Georgia Tech. The Chiefs also needed depth at wide receiver and added a pair of those. First they took Demarcus Robinson from Florida in round four, then Tyreke hill from West Alabama in round five.
Oh what a difference 12 months can make. A year ago at this time, the Kansas City Chiefs were drafting first overall and looking at a long rebuild. Then Andy Reid came in and changed all of that. The Chiefs found themselves in the playoffs, and are now looking to build up a contender, not rebuild into one. Chiefs tickets for those playoff games were moving fast.
In 2016, the Kansas City Chiefs were playing for a shot at a Wild Card spot on the NFL playoffs. That was the case until Raiders quarterback Derek Carr broke his leg in week 15. Then the Chiefs, all of a sudden, found themselves as the AFC West champions and the number two seed in the AFC playoffs. In the divisional playoff round, they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their demise came in the game's final moments, in what was one of the better games of the entire NFL playoffs. This offseason, fans said goodbye to longtime running back Jamal Charles. They also signed All-Pro safety Eric Berry to a six year, 78 million dollar contract extension.
The Chiefs offices were dead quiet in free agency, and turned their attention to the draft. The Chiefs found themselves with just six draft choices after trading up in round one. However, the reason why they traded up in round one is to grab Patrick Mahomes, the Texas Tech quarterback. This could either work, or it could be the biggest mistake in recent memory. In round two, they worked on their defensive line with tackle Tanoh Kpassagnon. In round three they addressed their other big need with the choice of running back Kareem Hunt from Toledo. In round four they added wide receiver Jehu Chesson from Michigan. They finished their draft with two defensive players, linebacker Ukeme Eligwe from Georgia Southern and safety Leon Mcquay from USC. This was already a great team to begin with, they were just missing a great quarterback. Their is no middle ground with Pat Mahomes, this is either going to work, or this is going to blow up in their face.