Welcome to “Behind Enemy Lines” with Will Petersen, Managing Editor of cover32.com/Chiefs.
And now, Will’s answers about the AFC West’s second-best team, the Chiefs:
1) What’s the single biggest question surrounding Kansas City at this very moment?
Whether or not they can win their first playoff game in nearly 20 years. Look, it’s been a great season for the Chiefs without a doubt, but it can be validated as a very special season with at least one playoff win. Considering the team got handled by the Colts in Week 16, whether or not they can bounce back and steal a big win on the road this weekend is all anyone cares about right now.
2) What’s the No. 1 issue the Chiefs must address in the offseason?
It all depends on how the playoffs go. The team’s defense was its strength through the first half of the season, but it tailed off dramatically down the stretch. Sweeping changes, particularly in the secondary, are entirely possible if the Chiefs get torched by Andrew Luck this weekend. The offense will almost certainly remain intact at most of the skill positions.
3) Who’s a player to watch in the playoffs / next year who’s under the radar?
Dexter McCluster. He was arguably KC’s best receiver this year, yet Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery garnered the most attention from the media. Not only did he have a solid year catching the ball (53 grabs, 511 yards), he was also a huge asset in the return game as well. McCluster fielded 58 punts, averaging an absurd 11.8 yards per return and scoring two touchdowns. Indy better not let McCluster get in open space this weekend, because he’ll make them pay.
4) Who’s a player who most certainly won’t be in a Chiefs uniform next year.
Tyson Jackson’s had a pretty mediocre year, recording just 34 tackles and four sacks. For a guys who’s making 7.2 million dollars and is eligible to just walk at the end of the year, I don’t see any reason why the Chiefs would be bring him back unless it’s for pennies on the dollar. McCluster, a free agent as well, is probably another candidate here as someone’s likely to overpay him after his big year.
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