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Kansas City Chiefs exit interview

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2015 season on a 10 game winning streak. Andy Reid is slowly becoming the next Marty Schottenheimer, a great football coach who can’t win a Super Bowl. Don’t get me wrong, it’s incredibly hard to win a Super Bowl.

However, Andy Reid has made the playoffs 11 times in 16 seasons with only one Super Bowl appearance. His teams are consistent but the question is, do they have enough talent to win it all?

Reid’s philosophy of having a strong defense and great running game has worked well but can they get it done with Alex Smith at quarterback?

The Chiefs still have a bright future and based on the way they’ve built this team, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to improve this offseason.

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS:

Running back, defense

Running back:

Jamaal Charles might possibly be the most complete running back in the NFL. He’s such a dynamic runner and he’s a great pass catcher as well.

After Charles went down for the season, the Chiefs playoff hopes took a big hit. However, the team rallied together behind Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and Knile Davis.

All three of them played a big role in the Chiefs resurgence as they finished 6th in the league in rushing yards. Kansas City have plenty of depth at running back, and once they get Jamaal Charles back, they should continue to have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL.

Defense:

The Kansas City Chiefs ability to get after the quarterback is one of the reasons why they have been so successful over the last couple of seasons. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston are two of the better pass rushers in the NFL.

Dontari Poe is a big nose tackle who does well at plugging things up in the middle. Derrick Johnson has been a solid linebacker for years now and Dee Ford will only improve. Marcus Peters had a phenomenal rookie year at cornerback as well and Eric Berry is an elite safety.

The Chiefs finished in the top 10 in total defense, and were 4th in the league in sacks. This defense was able to take a ton of pressure off of Alex Smith over the last 10 games.

WEAKNESSES:

Wide receiver

Wide Receiver:

This is a position that the Chiefs have had problems with for years. Jeremy Maclin was a great addition for this team. Maclin finally broke the streak of a wide receiver catching a touchdown pass. The former Missouri receiver gives the Chiefs a much needed threat down the field.

Alex Smith had the best season of his career with Maclin catching passes from him. However, outside of Maclin, the team really doesn’t have much. They’ll need Albert Wilson and Chris Conley to step up or look for other options.

TEAM NEEDS

PLAYERS TO RE-SIGN:

LB Derrick Johnson 

LB Tamba Hali

DE Mike DeVito

FS Eric Berry

CB Sean Smith

RB Charcandrick West

S Tyvon Branch

2016 FREE AGENT TARGETS ($ 28 MILLION PROJECTED CAP SPACE):

WR Alshon Jeffery

LT Russell Okung

RT Andre Smith

DT Brandon Mebane

2016 NFL DRAFT FIRST ROUND TARGETS (NO. 28 PICK)

OL Jack Conklin (Michigan State)

OL Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame)

WR Corey Coleman (Baylor)

DL Andrew Billings (Baylor)

Read Salute Magazine‘s other NFL exit interviews:

AFC East: Buffalo Bills | Miami Dolphins | New York Jets | New England Patriots

AFC North: Baltimore Ravens | Cleveland Browns

AFC South: Tennessee Titans | Jacksonville Jaguars | Indianapolis Colts | Houston Texans

AFC West: San Diego Chargers | Oakland Raiders

NFC East: Dallas Cowboys | Philadelphia Eagles | New York Giants

NFC North: Detroit Lions | Chicago Bears

NFC West: San Francisco 49ers | Los Angeles Rams

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