Kansas City Chiefs
Last season’s record: 2-14
Coaching change: Fired Romeo Crennel, hired Andy Reid
Key players released: WR Steve Breaston, TE Kevin Boss, T Eric Winston, QB Matt Cassel, G Bryan Mattison, LB Andy Studebaker
Key free agents lost: DE Glenn Dorsey, TE Steve Maneri, DE Ropati Pitoitua, QB Brady Quinn
Key free agents re-signed: T Branden Albert, WR Dwayne Bowe, P Dustin Colquitt, LB Edgar Jones, LS Thomas Gafford
Key free agents added: S Husain Abdullah, CB Dunta Robinson, TE Anthony Fasano, QB Chase Daniel, DE Mike DeVito, WR Donnie Avery, CB Sean Smith, LB Frank Zombo, LB Zac Diles, S Quintin Demps, LB Akeem Jordan, G Geoff Schwartz
Key players traded: CB Javier Arenas
Key trade additions: QB Alex Smith, FB Anthony Sherman
Rd. 1 (No. 1 overall)… Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan
3 (63)… Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
3 (96)… Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
4 (99)… Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
5 (134) Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
6 (170)… Eric Kush, C, California (Pa.)
6 (204)… Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
7 (207)… Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton
Analysis: Andy Reid’s coaching stay with the Philadelphia Eagles clearly had run its course by the time he was dismissed at the end of last year. But Reid wasted no time jumping right back into an NFL rebuilding project, and he already appears to be off to a good beginning in Kansas City.
He has a quarterback, with the Chiefs having obtained Alex Smith in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. He has a top-shelf wide receiver. The Chiefs re-signed Dwayne Bowe in early March to a five-year, $56 million deal to keep him off the free agent market. He has a potentially superb tandem of offensive tackles. The Chiefs used their franchise-player tag to retain Branden Albert and then used the top overall selection in the NFL draft on Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher.
So the cupboard is not bare for Reid in Kansas City. The Chiefs added cornerbacks Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith as free agents. They added some tight end depth by signing Anthony Fasano in free agency and using their third-round draft pick on Cincinnati’s Travis Kelce.
There is a long way to go, to be sure. The Chiefs won only two games last season before ousting Romeo Crennel as their coach and Scott Pioli as their general manager, and no one should have any notions that they’re on the verge of challenging the Denver Broncos for supremacy in the AFC West. But Reid was part of an extremely well-run operation in Philadelphia, one that produced consistent winners but not a Super Bowl triumph. He already has taken some positive steps to getting things straightened out in Kansas City.
Why Redskins fans should care: The teams play Dec. 8 at FedEx Field.
Conversation starter: Will Andy Reid’s tenure with the Eagles be remembered as a success?
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