Friday, August 2, 2013
Brighter days ahead for Chiefs' offense
By Matt Williamson
The Chiefs are going to be better on offense in 2013. The wide receivers -- outside of Dwayne Bowe -- are a concern, but the team will be better coached on that side of the ball and have a better quarterback, offensive line and improved tight-end play. The Chiefs probably will have a more timely and effective rushing attack, too.
Andy Reid’s track record as an offensive creator and play-caller speaks for itself. The Chiefs' new head coach will coordinate a West Coast offense with a high percentage of passing plays, but with less predictability than we saw in Kansas City last season. The Chiefs will throw safe timing passes to set up the run while also taking a few shots deep downfield. The running backs should catch plenty of passes.
I am not the biggest Alex Smith fan -- and he certainly has some passing limitations -- but his skill set is a good fit for what Reid wants to do. Smith will get the ball out quickly -- and most importantly, we can pretty much guarantee that he will make fewer mistakes than Matt Cassel did a year ago. Turnovers from the quarterback position crippled this team in 2012. Smith will also throw more for the Chiefs than he did with San Francisco. Kansas City also brought in a high-end backup quarterback, Chase Daniel.
After Kansas City selected Eric Fisher first overall in April's draft, the offensive line should be one of the better groups in the NFL and should have with two outstanding offensive tackles, even though Fisher is just a rookie. Overall, there is excellent line depth. This group is quite athletic, which is key in getting out on screens and other movement-based plays that Reid likes to dial up.
Tony Moeaki’s health is always a question mark, but the Chiefs could have the best threesome of tight ends in football, and Reid is sure to use a lot of double- and even triple-tight-end sets. Anthony Fasano is an underrated addition as an edge blocker, which is key for a runner like Jamaal Charles. Moeaki is also a reliable target. I am also extremely high on Travis Kelce.
Knile Davis doesn’t excite me, and I thought there were better running back choices on the draft board when Kansas City selected him, but he does possess a rare combination of size and speed. But Charles is the guy you want on your fantasy football (as well as NFL!) team; the only back in the league whom I forecast to have more production this year is Adrian Peterson. Although Reid isn’t a run-first coach, he certainly has shown he knows how to use backs like LeSean McCoy and Brian Westbrook. Charles is similar, but with much better pure speed.
The Chiefs’ offense does have some areas of concern, but this unit will be noticeably better in 2013.