Kansas City Chiefs: 2015 Offseason Recap, Status Report, Schedule, Outlook
July 3, 2015
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The Kansas City Chiefs hope to build on last season’s 9-7 record, as they also hope to make the playoffs for the fifth time since 2000.
Here are how the Chiefs stack up entering the 2015 season.
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Key Player Losses: The Chiefs biggest offseason loss was watching Dwayne Bowe leave for the Cleveland Browns, as this is a receiver who topped 7,000 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns with the franchise. Tight end Anthony Fasano left after hauling in seven touchdowns in two seasons and Donnie Avery is still a free agent after 15 catches last year. Defensively, safety Kurt Coleman left after one season and 37 tackles, while cornerback Chris Owens also left after a one-year stop in Kansas City.
Key Player Additions: The Chiefs big offseason splash was the signing of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who has close to 5,000 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns in five seasons. If Maclin can stay healthy, he should provide a big spark for Kansas City. Defensively, Kansas City got safety Tyvon Branch, who spent his first seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders and racked up 368 tackles and 20 pass deflections.
Draft: The Chiefs landed the best cornerback in the draft in Marcus Peters, who probably would have been a top-10 pick if he didn’t come with baggage. Peters should be a starter rather quickly. Mitch Morse is a tough offensive lineman who can play multiple positions and Chris Conley is a big play receiver who can stretch the field and give this offense a boost. Also, Ramik Wilson was a great pickup out of Georgia, as he has great instincts and would be very effective in stopping the run. The Chiefs got some solid under-the-radar players.
2015 Outlook: The Chiefs once again are going to have an above-average defense, but I still question if this offense can get out of its own way. Yes, Jamaal Charles and Maclin are fabulous pieces who can hold their own, but Alex Smith has yet to prove he can be the difference maker needed to get this franchise over the hump. The Chiefs will have their chances in a wide open AFC West, but I’m not 100 percent sold.
Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 at Houston Texans, 1
Sept. 17 Denver Broncos (Thu), 8:25
Sept. 28 at Green Bay Packers (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 4 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Oct. 11 Chicago Bears, 1
Oct. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Oct. 25 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1
Nov. 1 Detroit Lions (London) 9:30 a.m.
Nov. 8 BYE
Nov. 15 at Denver Broncos, 4:25
Nov. 22 at San Diego Chargers*, 8:30
Nov. 29 Buffalo Bills, 1
Dec. 6 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05
Dec. 13 San Diego Chargers, 1
Dec. 20 at Baltimore Ravens, 1
Dec. 27 Cleveland Browns, 1
Jan. 3 Oakland Raiders, 1