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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Wild Card Recap & Off-season Preview

The Chiefs were eliminated from the play-offs on Saturday. They lost to the Tennessee Titans 22-21. It was their sixth straight home playoff loss since 1994. The Chiefs are 1-10 in playoff games over the last 24 seasons. The loss could be the last game for a few Chiefs.

 

Alex Smith is one of the biggest trade targets this off-season. Patrick Mahomes is the future at quarterback for the Chiefs and they could move on from Smith next season. The Chiefs acquired Smith in a trade with the 49ers for two second round picks in 2013. There should be a lot of teams in need of a quarterback that will pursue a trade for Smith. Trading away Alex Smith should give the Chiefs a few more high-round picks.

 

The Chiefs will have some notable players hitting free agency. Dustin Colquitt, Zach Fulton, Anthony Sherman, De’Anthony Thomas, and Albert Wilson will all have their contracts end this off-season. The Chiefs will need to make a decision about who to keep and who to let go. The Chiefs roster could look different at many different positions in 2018.

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Offensive coordinator Matt Nagy became the Chicago Bears head coach on Monday. Nagy was the Chiefs quarterbacks coach from 2013-2015 and offensive coordinator from 2016-2017. He took over play calling from Andy Reid midseason and was considered one of the top head coaching candidates. Eric Bieniemy will replace Nagy as the Chiefs offensive coordinator. Bieniemy has been the Chiefs running backs coach since 2013.

 

Assistant head coach Brad Childress retired on Monday. He was an assistant coach and coordinator with Andy Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2005. He joined the Chiefs in 2013 as a spread game analyst. He was the co-offensive coordinator with Matt Nagy in 2016 and became the assistant head coach in 2017. The departure of Childress creates another spot in the coaching staff the Chiefs will need to fill.

 

The Chiefs should have an eventful off-season with trades and free agent signings. They struggled with depth in 2017 and they will need to build it back this off-season. There could be a lot of changes to the Chiefs this off-season. The biggest changes will be on offense. In 2018 they will have a new coordinator and possibly a new quarterback. The Chiefs played well in 2017 but the changes could make them better in 2018.

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