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AFC West and the KC Chiefs

English: Chiefs running back Larry Johnson lin...

English: Chiefs running back Larry Johnson lines up on offense as the quarterback in a Wildcat formation. November 16, 2008. New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, Blair Stover takes a look at what to expect this year from the Kansas City Chiefs and if they’ll be the “sleeper” pick many are projecting them to be this upcoming season, after winning only two games last season. Last year, the Chiefs were arguably on the predictable side when it came to offense, but with the hiring of new head coach Andy Reid and the acquisition of new quarterback Alex Smith, a lot of changes can be anticipated for the upcoming season.

Joel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride recently talked with SB Nation’s Bolts from the Blue about what to expect with the KC Chiefs and the AFC West in the months to come. Thorman predicts a minimum five-game improvement over last year, which could be a significant improvement for a team with a new coach, quarterback, and offense. Thorman also predicts that Reid will stick with what he knows and run his signature offense, as he ran with the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Thorman, it seemed as if Reid was looking to pair up with quarterback Smith before he was even hired as head coach, so Reid may see some reliability in Smith’s ability.

As for defense, Thorman cautions that the defensive line may prove the weakest part of the Chiefs’ game this season, and that the potential for a winning season mainly lies in Smith’s hands.  All in all, if it seems that if Smith delivers, Reid runs his style of offense, and the defensive line holds their own, the Chiefs may secure a winning record this season, and build up the team after their two-win season last year.

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