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2018 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: Roster Changes
The Chiefs have let go of more big names than they have brought in this offseason but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The quarterback move is where it feels right to start. The Chiefs finally moved on from Alex Smith to clear the way for Patrick Mahomes, who the Chiefs moved up to take at #10 in last year’s draft. After a year of season under Smith, Mahomes would appear ready to take the reigns. From the sound of it, the Chiefs’ coaching staff and front office agree on that much.
Most of the secondary moves came on the other side of the ball, where both Tamba Hali and Darrelle Revis were let go, long beyond their finest years. Safety Ron Parker and linebacker Derrick Johnson were not brought back either.
The 26-year-old linebacker Zach Fulton signed a $28 million deal with Houston ($13 million guaranteed). The Chiefs will have to do more to replace Fulton than any of the other guys they lost on D. But it shouldn’t be too big a chore.
At least it shouldn’t be if Anthony Hutchins turns out to be worth his contract. The Chiefs inked Hutchins to a $45 million deal ($25 million guaranteed). They also paid Sammy Watkins big money, which feels a little suspect. He does give KC as fast a receiving core as any for Mahomes to target, though.
2018 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: Offense
The offense was awesome to start and end last season, which basically correlated with when Kareem Hunt got the ball a lot and did some things with it.
Hunt definitely hit a rookie wall midway through the year but he should have more help behind him this season with the return of Spencer Ware. Chanderick West is back with the team again, too.
Mahomes has all the talent around him to succeed but obviously he is the biggest unproven commodity and the most important one at that. It will be tough for him coming in as a first-time starter, as it is for anybody who has ever been in his position. It’s important to get off to a satisfactory start. He doesn’t have to light the world on fire but he doesn’t want to give the tabloids a lot to criticize him for, though. That’s what can start messing with a young guy’s head.
2018 Kansas City Chiefs Predictions: Defense
The defense was bad last season but that’s, in a way, the bright side of it all. It can’t get much worse for Andy Reid’s team on defense. And the fact that the Chiefs were still able to win nine games and make the playoffs speaks to how good the rest of the team was.
2018 Kansas City Chiefs Handicapping: (Strengths/Weaknesses)
There’s a lot to like about this team, if the defense can improve. If the defense is terrible again, it will still be a contender, just not a top one in an improving AFC conference. But if the Chiefs can improve it, and it shouldn’t be so hard to do, this team has a lot of room to grow.
I for one, believe in Mahomes but how much better can he be than Alex Smith? Smith is an easy target but he was pretty darn good in his Chiefs career. It isn’t going to be simple to just improve on one of the steadiest, most consistent quarterbacks in the league, as much as it’s may be necessary to try.
2018 Kansas City Chiefs Prediction (Final Record): 8-8
A, for all intents and purposes, rookie quarterback means an average year for KC, which won’t go from a bad defense to a good one in 2018-2019.
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