The heart-warming story of Kansas City going from worst to first may not have a sequel. As the AFC West has gotten stronger, the Chiefs have remained relatively the same.
The Chiefs 9-game turnaround in 2013 with the help of new coach Andy Reid after the tragic 2012 season was one of the heartwarming stories in the NFL. But after squandering a 28 point lead against the Colts in playoffs, the Chiefs went into the offseason with very little money and lost a number of key players.
QB Alex Smith, RB Jamaal Charles, LBs Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson, and DBs Eric Berry and Sean Smith are the core of what looks like a very strong team. The addition of Auburn DE Dee Ford may give the D-Line a much needed boost.
But there is a large void at the receiver position (which appears to consist of Dwayne Bowe and very little else) and the offensive line now lacks experience with the departures of Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz.
In a division that has been stockpiling all of the recent free agent talent, the Chiefs have fallen behind on their roster development and face a difficult challenge returning to the playoffs in 2014.
The Chiefs report to training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri on July 23rd.