Coach: Andy Reid. The 62-12 months-extinct Reid enters his eighth 12 months with Kansas City (77-35 fashioned season/5-5 playoffs) following 14 years in Philadelphia (130-93-1 fashioned season/10-9 playoffs).
Final 12 months’s story: 12-4 (first in AFC West). The Chiefs defeated San Francisco to fetch their first Enormous Bowl in 50 years. Kansas City has obtained four consecutive division titles and on the least 10 games in six of Reid’s seven years.
Offensive play-caller: Used CU working wait on and assistant coach Eric Bieniemy is the coordinator, but Reid has known as the performs for his total head-coaching profession and has been accurately lauded by fashioning his offense to his quarterback’s abilities, be it Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick in Philadelphia, or Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City. No topic calling the performs, Reid has sent ragged coordinators Brad Childress (Minnesota), Doug Pederson (Philadelphia) and Matt Nagy (Chicago) to NFL head-coaching posts.
Quarterback Field: The finest within the NFL, length. The league MVP in 2018, his first 12 months as a starter, Mahomes is 24-7 within the fashioned season (76 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a 108.8 ranking) and 4-1 within the postseason (13 touchdowns, two interceptions and a 106.6 ranking).
And Mahomes doesn’t turn 25 till Sept. 17.
The Chiefs traded up in 2017 to draft Mahomes and then had him leer Smith for a season. Smith became flipped to Washington and Mahomes became handed the keys to Reid’s dynamic offense.
Mahomes is presumably the most delightful participant to leer in professional football thanks to his arm, his range of throwing angles and his skill to lengthen performs.
Serving to the quarterback: In 2013, the Chiefs drafted tight cease Travis Kelce within the third spherical and he has four consecutive years of on the least 83 catches and 1,030 yards receiving.
In 2016, they drafted receiver Tyreek Hill within the fifth spherical after he tumbled down the board thanks to off-the-discipline disorders. Hill is without doubt almost definitely the most game’s easiest home-gallop hitters (14.6 yards per get rid of) and knows the save the cease zone is located (36 total touchdowns in 59 games). After Hill, the Chiefs added receiver Sammy Watkins in 2018 and drafted Mecole Hardman within the 2019 2nd spherical.
The Chiefs dilapidated this 12 months’s first-spherical draft possess on working wait on Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who shall be an immediate threat as a receiver (55 catches agreeable 12 months at LSU).
The plenty of plus for Mahomes: He has stability on the perimeters in left deal with Eric Fisher and enticing deal with Mitchell Schwartz
Three key questions
1. Who replaces Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff and Damien Williams?
Duvernay-Tardiff, the Chiefs’ enticing guard, and Williams, their working wait on who rushed for 107 yards within the Enormous Bowl, both opted out of the season. The Chiefs hurried to brand ragged Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele to change Duvernay-Tardiff. Osemele, 31, has 96 games of NFL starting up trip and became named to the Pro Bowl in 2016-17.
Forward of Williams opted out, the Chiefs drafted Edwards-Helaire. He joins Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams within the backfield.
2. Does Reid desire the offense to be more balanced?
Final 12 months, the Chiefs ran on 38.4% of their performs, which became 23rd within the NFL, and they were league’s least-balanced playoff group.
On the one hand, with a weapon esteem Mahomes, Reid must be committed to centering any game concept on No. 15’s arm. Nonetheless on the varied hand, there’s a explanation why the Chiefs drafted Edwards-Helaire — they presumably are wanting to train the gallop to bleed the clock in games.
3. Has the comfort of the division closed the hole on Kansas City?
The Broncos, Chargers and Raiders possess spent free-agent money and high draft picks in pursuit of the Chiefs and the aim must be on the starting up save modest: Simply compete with the Chiefs.
Since the starting up up of 2016, the Chiefs are 22-2 in divisional play, their finest losses to the Chargers in 2018 and to the Raiders in 2017.
The Chiefs will repeat as division champions and despite the indisputable truth that the Broncos and Raiders possess made upgrades, Kansas City will sweep both.