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Reasons the Chiefs Won’t Win the Super Bowl

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After a rough (1-5) start to the 2015 campaign, the Kansas City Chiefs went on to win their remaining 10 regular season games, which was good enough to land them a wildcard spot in the AFC. Not only that, Kansas City demolished the AFC South champion Houston Texans to the tune of 30-0 in their playoff matchup.

Having said all of that, this team is not built to win the Super Bowl for several reasons.

First of all, the Chiefs and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline, which leaves disappointment from both sides heading into this fall.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spoke on the matter.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to reach a long-term agreement with Eric’s representatives before today’s deadline,” Dorsey said in a statement released by the organization. “Although both sides would have preferred a different outcome, Eric is a true professional and a tremendous football player, and we know that he will continue to be a leader in our locker room. We look forward to resuming our discussions on a long-term agreement when the negotiating window reopens after the season.”

However, considering everything Berry has been through just to get back on the gridiron, it’s highly unlikely he’ll sit out the season.

Even with Berry in the mix, there’s major concerns surrounding this defense.

One of their top defensive players from a year ago is now a member of the Oakland Raiders, in Sean Smith. Also, we’re not sure how Justin Houston will recover from his offseason knee surgery and the Chiefs are converting Jamell Fleming and Marcus Cooper to safety.

Although Kansas City’s defense has some questions marks, I still expect this unit to be their backbone and the reason they should be in just about every game.

Offensively is where the Chiefs will come up short once again.

When you look back at their playoff defeat to the New England Patriots, Kansas City had plenty of opportunities to shift the momentum, but their lackluster attack proved to be their downfall.

In that game, Alex Smith proved the critics right.

Smith is a very smart quarterback, who rarely turns the ball over, but on the flip side, one can argue Smith’s turnover numbers are so low because he refuses to take chances down the field.

For as good as Kansas City’s rushing attack has been, when opposing defenses do find a way to slow them down on the ground, it forces Smith to beat you and he’s proven time and time again that he can’t do that on a consistent basis.

It also doesn’t help that outside of Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs don’t have another receiving threat that you must game plan for.

Sure, they have Travis Kelce, who is one of the top up and coming tight ends in the league, but there’s nothing like having another receiver opposite of your top guy that demands attention.

Maybe Albert Wilson or Chris Conley can eventually turn into guy, but as of right now, it’s a major concern for Andy Reid and company moving forward.

What’s even more concerning is the Chiefs young offensive line.

On paper, this could turn out to be Reid’s best line since coming to Kansas City, but until we see the finished product on the field, it’ll remain a question mark.

The addition of Mark Schwartz gives this line a chance to at least be above average, even though he’s considered the veteran of this unit at only 27-years-old. Both guard positions and the center will be filled with young players.

It’s fair to assume this offensive line unit will get better as the season goes on, but as mentioned before, we’re only projecting at this point.

At the end of the day, there’s no doubt Kansas City is talented across the board, but when it comes down to it, you must ask yourself, do you trust Alex Smith to make ‘the throw’ when it matters most?

I don’t.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.