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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: 2018 Chiefs Coaching Staff

The Kansas City Chiefs have had one of the most stable coaching staffs over the last few years. Andy Reid has been the head coach since 2013 and many of the coordinators and position coaches have either stayed or been promoted around the league. Next season the Chiefs will look a little different at key positions.

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Andy Reid will return for his sixth season with the Chiefs. He has a record of 53-27 as Chiefs head coach. The Chiefs have reached the playoffs in four of his five seasons. Despite their success in the regular season the Chiefs have struggled in the playoffs under Reid. The Chiefs are 1-4 in the playoffs since 2013. Next season will be the first time Alex Smith is not the starting quarterback for the Chiefs in the Reid era. Andy Reid has a good history of developing quarterbacks and the development of Patrick Mahomes will have a big impact on the success of the franchise in the future.

Image result for bob sutton chiefsBob Sutton will be the Chiefs defensive coordinator again next season. Sutton joined the Chiefs when Reid was hired in 2013. Before joining the Chiefs Sutton held various defensive positions, including defensive coordinator, with the New York Jets from 2000-2012. Bob Sutton will have a tough task this season with the departures of Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Marcus Peters. The Chiefs success next season will depend on the coaching of Sutton. The offense is expected to score a lot and the defense will need to keep the team in games.Image result for eric bieniemy chiefs

The Chiefs will have a new offensive coordinator after the Chicago Bears hired former offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to be the head coach. It was the second time in three years a Chiefs offensive coordinator was named a head coach of another team, Doug Pederson was named the Philadelphia Eagles head coach in 2016. Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy was named offensive coordinator. Bieniemy was the Chiefs running backs coach from 2013-2017. He was also a player for Andy Reid on the 1999 Eagles. However their first meeting was in 1990 when Bieniemy was a running back for the Colorado Buffalos and Reid was an offensive coordinator for the Missouri Tigers. Colorado won the game on the infamous 5th down play. The controversial victory helped them clinch a share of the 1990 National Championship. Eric Bieniemy has a long history with Andy Reid and it will be interesting to see how he does as offensive coordinator.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: AFC West Analysis

Last season the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West for the second year in a row. They finished with a record of 5-1 against division opponents and will look to continue their success this season. Every team in the division improved through free agency and the draft. The competition for first place should be tough this season.

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The Los Angeles Chargers finished second in the AFC West last season. The Chargers started the season by losing their first four games, three of which were within three points. The Chiefs won both of their match-ups with the Chargers. Their biggest addition this off-season was safety Derwin James. He was expected to be a top 10 pick in the draft but fell to the Chargers at 17. He will improve an already strong secondary. Last season the Chargers gave up the third fewest passing yards per game. The Chargers defense should be a tough test for the Chiefs offense.

 

The Oakland Raiders finished third in the AFC West. The Raiders finished the season on a four game losing streak. The Chiefs lost the first match-up with the Raiders but won when they faced them at home. Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson is their biggest addition this off-season. He was acquired in free agency after he was released by the Green Bay Packers. Nelson is a reliable receiver that will give Derek Carr more options in the passing game. He has had over 1,200 yards receiving in three of his last four seasons. Last year his stats were limited due to the injury of Aaron Rodgers. The Raiders offense should improve this season.

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The Denver Broncos finished at the bottom of the AFC West last year. The Broncos had a rough stretch in the middle of the season where they lost eight straight games. The Chiefs won both of their games against the Broncos. Defensive end Bradley Chubb should make an immediate impact in his rookie season. Chubb was expected to be a top three pick but fell to the Broncos at five. He was the best defensive end prospect in the draft. At North Carolina State Chubb had 10 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. Chubb will join Denver pass rusher Von Miller. The Broncos pass rush should be even better next season with the addition of Chubb.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Schedule Breakdown Weeks 14-17

The Kansas City Chiefs will play their week #14 game at home against the Baltimore Ravens. The Chiefs last played the Ravens in 2015 when they won 34-14. The Chiefs will need to stop the Ravens passing offense in the game. Last season the Chiefs gave up the fourth most passing yards in the NFL at 247. The Ravens drafted quarterback Lamar Jackson in the first round of this year’s draft. Joe Flacco is expected to be the starting quarterback this season but Jackson could be used later in the season. The Ravens offense should be a good test for the Chiefs defense late in the season.

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The Chiefs week #15 opponent will be the Los Angeles Chargers at home. Last season the Chiefs beat the Chargers at Arrowhead 30-13. The Chargers lost tight end Hunter Henry for the season with a torn ACL during OTA’s. Last season Henry had the third most receiving yards on the Chargers with 579. Henry was expected to be a big part of their offense this season. Last season the Chiefs gave up the sixth fewest targets to tight ends. The Chiefs should have a good match-up against tight ends in the game.

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The week #16 opponent will be the Seahawks in Seattle. The Chiefs last played the Seahawks in 2014 when they won 24-20. The Seahawks lost a lot of talent this off-season. Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham and Richard Sherman were all traded or released. The Seahawks are expected to be in a rebuilding mode but Russell Wilson will still be dangerous on the offense. Last season he had 4,569 yards of total offense. Seattle is expected to take a step back this season but they could still be tough for the Chiefs.

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The Chiefs final game of the season will be week #17 at home against the Oakland Raiders. Last season the Chiefs beat the Raiders 26-15 at home. The Raiders receiving corps should be a good test for the Chiefs secondary. They added Marcell Ateman, Martavis Bryant, Jordy Nelson and Ryan Switzer through the draft, free agency and trades. The Chiefs secondary is not expected to be very deep next season and the match-up could be a problem. The final game against the Raiders will be a good test for the Chiefs defense.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Schedule Breakdown Weeks 9-13

The Kansas City Chiefs will play the Cleveland Browns week #13 on the road. The Chiefs last faced the Browns in 2015 when they won 17-13. The Browns have only won one game in the last two years. They hired former Chiefs GM John Dorsey to aid in the rebuild. The Browns are a young roster and could start rookie QB Baker Mayfield in week #13. Mayfield started his college career at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma. His transfer from Texas Tech created a hole at the quarterback position, which Patrick Mahomes eventually filled and started in for three seasons. The match-up between the Browns and Chiefs could feature two young quarterbacks who are expected to have a lot of potential in the NFL.

The week #10 match-up for the Chiefs will be at home against the Arizona Cardinals. The Chiefs last faced the Cardinals in 2014 where they lost 17-14. Cornerback Patrick Peterson had a big game in the 2014 match-up. Peterson had eight tackles including one sack. He is a lockdown corner that will cover either Tyreek Hill or Sammy Watkins. The Cardinals defense could be a tough match-up for the Chiefs offense again this season.

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The Chiefs week #11 game will be against the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City. The Chiefs last played the Rams in 2014 when they won 34-7. They have not played a regular season game against the Rams since they relocated to Los Angeles. Todd Gurley was a big part of the Rams offense last season. He finished with 1,305 rushing yards, second most in the NFL behind Kareem Hunt. Gurley led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 13. The game should be a battle between two of the NFL’s best running backs.

The Chiefs will have a bye in week #13. They will face the Oakland Raiders on the road in week #14. Last season the Chiefs lost in Oakland which snapped their 12 game win streak against AFC West opponents. The Raiders hired their former coach John Gruden to a 10-year, $100 million dollar contract this off-season. He was 5-3 against the Chiefs as a Raiders head coach. Gruden did well against the Chiefs as the Raiders head coach and it will be interesting to see how he does after being away from coaching for 10 seasons.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Schedule Breakdown Weeks 5-8

The Kansas City Chiefs week five opponent will be the Jackson Jaguars. It will be the Chiefs second home game of the season. They last played the Jaguars in 2016 where they won at home 19-14. The Jaguars had a breakout season in 2018. Last year the Jaguars had the second ranked defense in points allowed at 16.8. Jacksonville will be a good test for a young Chiefs offense.

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The Chiefs week six match-up will be on the road against the New England Patriots. Last season the Chiefs faced the Patriots in the NFL season opener where they won 42-27. The Chiefs have won the last two regular season match-ups with the Patriots. Kareem Hunt had a big impact in the game last season. He had 148 yards rushing and one touchdown after fumbling on the opening series. The Patriots have been one of the most dominant teams in the NFL the last few seasons but the Chiefs have been able to play well against them.

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The week seven game for the Chiefs will be at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs last faced the Bengals in 2015 when they lost 36-21. The Bengals have had success against the Chiefs in the last few match-ups. The last time the Chiefs beat the Bengals was 2007. The Cincinnati offense struggled last season finishing last in the NFL in average yards per game at 280.5. The Bengals have played well against the Chiefs recently but they should be a team that the Chiefs match-up well with.

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The week eight match-up for the Chiefs will be at home against the Denver Broncos. It will be their second game against the Broncos in the 2018 season. The Broncos are 5-2 against the Chiefs at Arrowhead since 2011. Denver’s new quarterback Case Keenum last faced the Chiefs in 2013 when he was a member of the Houston Texans. He threw for 271 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs won the game 17-16. Keenum will be an interesting match-up for the Chiefs because he has only faced the them once in his six year NFL career. The Chiefs have played well in the division in recent years but the Broncos are a tough opponent at Arrowhead.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Schedule Breakdown Weeks 1-4

The Kansas City Chiefs will start the season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. It will be the second year in a row the Chiefs start the season on the road. Last year the Chiefs swept the season series with the Chargers. Phillip Rivers has struggled against the Chiefs throughout his career. In 25 match-ups he has 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions and an average of 245 yards per game. The Chargers are expected to improve this season and it could be an interesting match-up week #1.

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The second game will be on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season the Chiefs faced the Steelers in week #6. The Steelers won the game 19-13 which ended the Chiefs five game winning streak to start the season. The Chiefs have struggled with the Steelers in recent seasons. The Steelers have won six of the last seven match-ups with the Chiefs. The Steelers have not lost a game to the Chiefs in Pittsburgh since 1986. The Steelers will be a tough match-up for the Chiefs in the early part of the season.

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The Chiefs home opener will be week #3 against the San Francisco 49ers. It is the latest home opener for the Chiefs since the 2007 season. The last time the Chiefs faced the 49ers was in 2014 when they lost 22-17. Jimmy Garoppolo will be the 49ers starter at quarterback this season. The Chiefs faced Garoppolo in 2014 when he replaced Tom Brady in the Chiefs 41-14 win over the Patriots. Garoppolo went 6/7 for one touchdown in that game. The 49ers should be one of the most improved teams this season and will be an interesting test for the Chiefs.

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The fourth game will be on the road against the Denver Broncos. Last year the Chiefs swept their season series against the Broncos. Patrick Mahomes made his starting debut in Denver last season. He went 22/35 for 284 yards and one interception. Mahomes led a 67-yard drive in the last minutes of the game to set up a game winning Harrison Butker field goal. The game was Mahomes first opportunity to get valuable playing time against first-string defenses. Denver is a tough place to play but Mahomes played well last season. Mahomes will need to improve on his performance last season in the week #4 match-up.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Draft Recap

The Kansas City Chiefs added six players to their roster in the 2018 NFL Draft. Five of the six picks were on defense. The Chiefs focused on depth rather than players expected to make a big impact immediately.

 

The first pick for the Chiefs was 46th overall in the second round. They selected Ole Miss linebacker Breeland Speaks with the pick. Speaks had 67 tackles and seven sacks last season with the Rebels. He did not miss a game in his three-year career at Ole Miss. Speaks projects as an outside linebacker for the Chiefs. He may need a few seasons of development before becoming a full time starter. The Chiefs needed more talent and depth at outside linebacker and Speaks should fill the role well.

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The second pick for the Chiefs was 75th overall in the third round. They selected Florida State defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi with the pick. Defensive tackle was a big need for the Chiefs and Nnadi should improve the position. Last season with the Seminoles Nnadi had 53 total tackles and three and a half sacks. Nnadi could make an immediate impact with the Chiefs because of the lack of depth at the position.

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The third pick for the Chiefs was 100th overall in the third round. They selected Clemson linebacker Dorian O’Daniel with the pick. O’Daniel had 88 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss last season with the Tigers. He will likely be an inside linebacker with the Chiefs. The Chiefs already have starters at inside linebacker but the depth for the future was an area of concern. O’Daniel will likely not see a lot of initial playing time but could be valuable for the Chiefs in the future.

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The fourth pick for the Chiefs was 124th overall in the fourth round. They selected Texas A&M safety Armani Watts with the pick. Watts had 87 total tackles and four interceptions with the Aggies last season. Safety was an area the Chiefs needed to address in the draft and Watts could see some playing time early in his career.

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The fifth pick for the Chiefs was 196th overall in the sixth round. They selected Central Arkansas cornerback Tremon Smith. He did not miss a game in his career at Central Arkansas. Last season with the Bears Smith had 41 total tackles and five interceptions. Smith could make an impact at cornerback because of the lack of depth at the position.

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The sixth and final pick for the Chiefs was 198th overall in the sixth round. They selected Tennessee defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie. The Chiefs expect to switch McKenzie to offensive guard in the NFL. Kahlil McKenzie is the son of Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie. He will need time to switch to the offensive line but will be a project for the Chiefs. McKenzie probably will not be expected to make an immediate impact but could see playing time in the future.

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Overall, the Chiefs addressed many of their needs in the draft. Most of their picks will be used for depth and it could take time before they become starters. The Chiefs have had a rookie pick make the Pro Bowl in each of the last three years and could extend the streak with this draft class.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Free Agency Recap

The 2018 NFL Draft was this weekend and it will be an opportunity for the Chiefs to add rookies to improve their roster. The Chiefs have already added some players that will improve their roster next season in free agency. They made a couple of big signings that will have an impact on next season.

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The Chiefs biggest free agency signing was wide receiver Sammy Watkins. They signed him to a three-year, $48 million dollar contract. Watkins was drafted 15th overall by the Buffalo Bills in 2014. He spent three years with the Bills before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams last season. Watkins has dealt with foot injuries throughout his career, which have limited his production. 2015 was Watkins best statistical season when he had 1,047 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Watkins will add talent to a wide receiver group that needed more depth.

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Another big signing by the Chiefs was linebacker Anthony Hitchens. The Chiefs needed help at linebacker after the departure of Derrick Johnson this off-season. Hitchens spent four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before signing with the Chiefs. Hitchens signed a five-year contract with the Chiefs. He played every game of his first three seasons. He was limited to 12 games last season due to a tibial plateau fracture. Hitchens should be a reliable linebacker for the Chiefs in the future.

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Chad Henne signed a two-year contract to be a veteran backup quarterback for the Chiefs. Henne has spent most of his career as a backup with the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars. He could help the development of Patrick Mahomes and be the next option in case of an injury. Henne only attempted two passes in the last three seasons with the Jaguars. Henne is not expected to see much playing time with the Chiefs but could be very valuable to the improvement of Mahomes.

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Punter Dustin Colquitt was signed to a three-year contract this off-season. Colquitt is the longest tenured player on the Chiefs. He was a third round pick by the Chiefs in the 2005 draft. Colquitt was named a pro bowler in 2012 and 2016. Last season he averaged 45.2 yards per punt. Colquitt has been consistent throughout his career with the Chiefs.

 

The Chiefs have had a successful free agency so far this off-season. They made signings that will improve their roster. The Chiefs could still make more additions but their foundation had been set for the 2018 season.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: 2017 Draft Recap

Last season the Chiefs had one of their strongest draft classes in recent history. All of the players saw playing time and many are expected to play a big role in the future of the franchise. All of the draft picks finished the season on the Chiefs active roster for the first time since 2014.

The first pick for the Chiefs was 10th overall in the first round. They selected quarterback Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech. He was the second quarterback drafted in 2017. Mahomes made one start with the Chiefs and finished the season with 284 yards passing. Mahomes is expected to start the season at quarterback for the Chiefs. The Chiefs traded away two first round picks to select Mahomes. He will be a big part of the future success of the Chiefs.

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The second pick for the Chiefs was 59th overall in the second round. They selected defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon out of Villanova. Kpassagnon played in all 16 games and had 14 combined tackles. He made one start last season against the Denver Broncos. Kpassagnon was raw out of Villanova but is progressing and could play a bigger role with the team next season.

The third pick for the Chiefs was 86th overall in the third round. They selected running back Kareem Hunt out of Toledo. Hunt had a strong rookie season with the Chiefs. He led the NFL in rushing with 1,327 yards. Hunt was named a pro bowler in his first season. Hunt will be a key factor for the Chiefs next season and could be used even more with a young quarterback.

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The fourth pick for the Chiefs was 139th overall in the fourth round. They selected wide receiver Jehu Chesson out of Michigan. Chesson played in 12 games with the Chiefs mostly playing on special teams. Chesson played a bigger role on offense as the season progressed because of injuries. Chesson finished with two receptions and 18 receiving yards.

The fifth pick for the Chiefs was 183rd overall in the fifth round. They selected linebacker Ukeme Eligwe out of Georgia Southern. He played in 14 games and made one start against the Denver Broncos. He made five combined tackles and one sack. Eligwe should provide depth for the Chiefs again next season.

The final pick for the Chiefs was 218th overall in the sixth round. They selected safety Leon McQuay III out of USC. McQuay III started the season on the practice squad but was moved to the active roster late in the season because of injuries. He played and started in one game against the Denver Broncos. In that game he had four combined tackles and one pass deflection. McQuay III could provide depth at safety for the Chiefs next season.

 

The Chiefs draft this year could look different. The Chiefs parted ways with former GM John Dorsey last June. It will be the first draft for GM Brett Veach. The Chiefs have made some big signings in free agency and the draft will be an opportunity to improve the roster.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: First Half Mock Draft

The Chiefs are scheduled to have eight picks in the NFL Draft. They will not have a first round pick but will have five in rounds two through four. The Chiefs positioning this year will give them the opportunity to pick up some valuable depth players that could fill important positions on the roster.

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The first pick for the Chiefs will be 54th overall in the second round. Tarvarus McFadden from Florida State is a player the Chiefs could target if he is available at the end of the second round. McFadden is a big corner that should be able to play on the outside. Last season with Florida State he had 30 total tackles but no interceptions. McFadden would be a good choice for the Chiefs because he could make an immediate impact.

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The Chiefs second pick will be in the third round, 78th overall. Josh Sweat from Florida State could be a good fit. He could go earlier in the draft but is projected to be a third rounder. Sweat is an edge rusher that would fill an important need for the Chiefs. Last season he had 56 combined tackles, including 5.5 sacks. Sweat would fit in as an OLB in the Chiefs defensive scheme.

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Defensive tackle is another big need for the Chiefs and they could address it late in the third round. The Chiefs third pick will be 86th overall in the third round. B.J. Hill from North Carolina State could be a good fit. Hill is a prototypical nose tackle that has athleticism that the Chiefs defensive line needs. Last season at North Carolina State Hill had 55 total tackles, including two sacks. Hill likely needs some time before he is ready to start but he could be a valuable pick for the Chiefs in the third round.

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The Chiefs added Sammy Watkins this off-season but they are still in need of more depth at the wide receiver position. The Chiefs could pick a wide receiver with their first pick in the fourth round, 122nd overall. Javon Wims from Georgia is a player that should be available when the Chiefs make the selection. Wims at 6’6 is a big receiver that could help the Chiefs in the red zone. Last season Wims had 720 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. He played exceptionally well in the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma. He had six receptions for 73 yards and one touchdown. Wims would not be expected to make an immediate impact but could provide much needed depth at the wide receiver position.

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