Andrew Harbaugh | March 3rd, 2019
Kansas City was a must watch team all year. They were also a must watch team in the news with a busy offseason that began the week of the Super Bowl. They reached many highs during the season but they also had several low points, unfortunately, both on and off the field. All in all the Chiefs had a very entertaining year start to finish.
Brett Veach Works the Phones
What became a very busy offseason began for the Chiefs on January 30th when they officially handed the reigns of the franchise to the young passer Pat Mahomes when the team traded established starting quarterback Alex Smith to Washington. They received back a great nickel corner Kendall Fuller and a 2018 3rd round pick which later became Derrick Nnadi.
They also traded top corner Marcus Peters and a 6th round pick for a 2018 4th round pick that became Armani Watts fand a 2019 2nd round pick. Peters was the main contributor at times for a solid Rams defense but he also showed as to why the Chiefs may have moved him.
These moves were seen as head scratcher by some but the biggest question the Chiefs and the fanbase needed answered was “Can Pat Mahomes handle becoming the starter?” Not only were the Chiefs in for a response to that question but the whole NFL was going to be surprised by the answer to that question.
Pat Mahomes takes the League by Storm
The Chiefs started the season 5-0 due to a healthy balance of running back Kareem Hunt, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and quarterback Pat Mahomes. They formed as lethal a three-headed dragon the NFL has seen since the 2001 St. Louis Rams who had Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Torry Holt.
They averaged 35 points a game those first five weeks and were rolling until they ran into the living legend that is Tom Brady on a cool night in Foxboro. In what would be one of the best games of the year with New England winning on a last-second field goal. Mahomes may have fallen victim to Tom Brady and the Patriots late just as so many before him but that would be what would derail this team.
One Legendary Night in LA
The matchup everyone had been waiting for was between the 9-1 Chiefs and the 9-1 Los Angeles Rams. The game was almost canceled after the field the game was supposed to be played on in Mexico City was less than suitable. The NFL ultimately moved the game to the LA Coliseum and NFL fans around the world rejoiced, especially fantasy players.
This game would set the record for being the highest scoring Monday Night Football game ever with a score of 54-51 with the Rams stealing the victory after a late Mahomes interception. The teams though combined for 1,000 total yards and both quarterbacks would throw for 10 touchdowns combined. It was the game of the year by many fans accounts and was an instant classic and a matchup NFL fans will reflect on once Jared Goff and Mahomes end their careers.
The most talked about storyline of the Chiefs season was yet to be discussed though.
A Cleveland Hotel and the Team’s Star Running Back
On November 30th TMZ released a video showing Kareem Hunt both pushing and kicking back in February 2018 and shortly after the video was released Hunt was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and was also cut by the Chiefs. The Chiefs had said he knew about the incident and questioned Hunt about the incident and what he said was not what the video showed resulting in his release.
The team replaced Hunt with Damien Williams who proved to be more than capable at producing adequate numbers for the flashy KC offense and with him in the lineups the Chiefs rolled into the playoffs with a 12-4 record.
A Playoff Run Cut Short by an Old Foe
The Chiefs after winning the AFC West the team had clinched a bye in the playoffs and home field advantage throughout.
They faced off with the Colts in the divisional round and knocked them off with a 31-13 drubbing, after that they would move onto an old friend in the New England Patriots.
The game, much like the first game, came down to the wire. The teams went into overtime and with the Patriots getting the ball first they did not want to give the ball to the Chiefs offense. They had a healthy dose of Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel grinding down the defense but the Chiefs did manage to pick off Brady, or did they?
Dee Ford was lined up inches offside and the Patriots got the ball back with the interception play being overturned. The Patriots would drive down and punch it in at the goal line with Rex Burkhead. They gave their fans an ultimate ride with a phenomenal season.
It did end on a positive note with the Pat Mahomes being named league MVP meaning the team had arguably its greatest quarterback in franchise history.
The Chiefs have several needs and positions that need resigned and the focus will be around the defensive side of the ball.
Notable free agents that should be resigned are headlined by Eric Berry who has been a pro bowler for the team for years and will apart of any future success they have. Other players that need to be resigned are names like Dee Ford, Chris Conley, Mitch Morse, and underrated offensive weapon Anthony Sherman.
So far some big names have also been mentioned to be signed by the team especially at safety where Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have been rumored to be targeted by the Chiefs so they can pair one of them with Eric Berry if he returns.
Last but not least in the draft they could draft a possible Dee Ford replacement at the end of round one and deeper in the draft add more corner help along with some linebackers as well. Linebackers should be picked earlier though as they are not as deep as the defensive backs and edge.
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