- Adam Teicher, ESPN Staff Writer
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The NFL’s trade deadline came and went without the Kansas City Chiefs making a deal. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the Chiefs. They could have used another playmaker for the offense, but couldn’t afford to give up a lot in compensation, either in salary or draft picks.
So the Chiefs will make a stretch run with what they’ve got. They’re good enough to make it work. Defensively, they didn’t need any help. They are deep in the secondary, so they could withstand an injury or two on the rear guard.
The Chiefs will need to improve offensively, and there’s reason to believe they can. Alex Smith last season completed 70 percent of his passes for San Francisco, so he should in Andy Reid’s version of the West Coast offense be able to get well above the 59 percent mark where he currently stands. That alone would make the offense better.
The Chiefs can get more in terms of yardage and big plays from Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery and Dexter McCluster. Their offensive line, comprised of two players once picked in the first round, two once selected in the second round and another once chosen in the third, can also get better.
Another thing to consider: The Denver Broncos made no trades. So they're no better off either.