The Chiefs were one of the most exciting teams to watch in 2018.
The Chiefs are already sitting in a good place thanks in part to the electric Patrick Mahomes, who is coming off an MVP campaign. Andy Reid returns and no matter what you may think of his clock management, he is one of the best coaches in the league.
Defensively the team is going through major changes, as they try to improve from being one of the worst last year. The team is also facing questions after two of its star players were involved in domestic violence issues. Kareem Hunt is no longer with the team, but Tyreek Hill still is and the team must decide if his talent outweighs his off the field issues, of which there are many.
If Patrick Mahomes is what he was last year, or even close to it, the Chiefs will be an offensive juggernaut again. He can do things that no one else can do at the quarterback position, and should be an MVP candidate again (and for the foreseeable future).
Damien Williams showed real potential after the team moved on from Kareem Hunt last year, and should enter the year as the number one running back. The team also brought in Carlos Hyde who should factor in goal line situations. At wideout there are more questions.
Tyreek Hill is one of the best in the league but he might not be available to play to start the season, if at all. Hill is under investigation for allegedly beating his son and will remain on the commissioner's exempt list until it is resolved, and expect a lengthy suspension if they find anything that proves he is guilty. Sammy Watkins has the pedigree of a number one but has failed to live up to the hype since being drafted fourth overall by the bills in 2014. He will need to step up in Hill’s absence.
The team also has Travis Kelce, who is arguably the best tight end in the league, especially with Gronk retiring. There shouldn't be much changes along the offensive line going into 2019 but one player to watch in camp is Kahlil McKenzie who is transitioning from the defensive side of the ball to interior offensive line.
Defensively the Chiefs are going through a bit of a rebuild. Dee Ford and Eric Berry, two of the mainstays on the defensive side of the ball, are gone. The team brought in Tyrann Mathieu at safety, who is one of the league's best. They also brought in Kendall Fuller from the Washington football team, who will be a drastic upgrade over their disastrous corner play in 2019.
At linebacker the team has strong depth. Reggie Ragaland has shown flashes but needs to be more consistent. They traded for Darron Lee from the Jets who has also shown potential but needs to work on his game to become a three down player. He will likely factor in on passing downs with his elite speed. Along the line the team still has Chris Jones who is one of the better interior players in the league. They also traded for Frank Clark from Seattle who was one of the best pass rushers in 2018 and should fill the void left by Ford. If the Chiefs can field even a league average defense they should be one of the top teams in 2019.
Grade: B+ | Expected 2019 AFC West Finish: 1
The Chiefs are one of the best teams in the NFL. They did a good job of bringing in fresh talent to reshape the defense. Tyreek’s availability will impact how good the team can be, but as long as Mahomes is lining up behind center, they should be Super Bowl contenders.
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