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Season Predictions: Slight chance the Chiefs will make it to AFC Championship Game

Well, football season is rapidly coming upon us. It’s funny how it seems to creep up on us when the Kansas City Royals are competing towards the goal of making the post-season. With that being said, we all know what time it is – BLT time. Yes, my annual football branches, limbs and twigs predictions for the KC Chiefs.

I didn’t do too bad last year, but 2017 may be a bit more difficult to break down the season for our Chiefs – but here it goes:

BRANCHES: Solid predictions that I feel have a better than 75 percent chance.

1. No Chiefs running back will amass more than 1,000 yards in 2017. Spencer Ware accumulated 921 yards last year, but he will out for the season after a knee injury in the third exhibition game. Rookie Kareem Hunt will start in Ware’s absence. Charcandrick West will get his share of carries. Coach Andy Reid may go with the hot hand during the season or parcel out the carries to several backs, but the loss of Ware hurts. Look for KC to run for more than 1,500 yards this year without a 1,000-yard rusher unless Hunt emerges as a real threat.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce could fix the team’s red zone struggles

Travis Kelce

One of the Chiefs’ biggest weaknesses last season was their ability to score in the red zone. While the Chiefs didn’t add much to their offense during the offseason, other than the selection of Kareem Hunt, but the key to fixing the problem is already on the roster. The answer is simple: get the ball to Travis Kelce.

Justin Houston: He has ‘No Problem’ – healthy Chiefs linebacker says he’s going to be better

Here’s a scary thought, especially for Kansas City Chiefs opposing quarterbacks in 2017: Justin Houston thinks he’ll be better this season than he was in 2014.

How good is that? Let’s refresh your memory. Houston finished the 2014 season with 22 sacks, one-half sack off the NFL record set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in2001.

Justin Houston says he’s more than ready to return to old form.

Are the Chiefs looking for a new identity and changes made matter in the 2017 season?

Brett Veach Chiefs

With all the changes and questions heading into the season, are the Chiefs looking for a new identity or brand and will it matter this year?

It’s pretty common for any sports organization to look for another path or brand that ultimately leads to success.The 2017 New York Yankees are winning with home-grown players, where in years past, a George Steinbrenner owned team bought their championships.

Some teams move from one city to another and others simply change uniforms or logos. Teams look to acquiring players to replace the ones they can’t afford or who just didn’t get the job done. Any way you look at it, change is inevitable in pro sports, but does it equate to future success or a repeat of the past?

This leads me to where the Kansas City Chiefs are heading entering the NFL season.

Chiefs Kingdom is big reason team training camp should stay in St. Joseph

Training Camp

Since 2010, the Chiefs have hosted their training camp on the Missouri Western State University campus. At the end of this training camp though, the contract the team and the school have will be up and the Chiefs could look for a new camp destination.

The team does have optional extensions the next two years to stay in St. Joseph, but will they choose to stay there? According to team president Mark Donovan, you can expect to see the Chiefs back at Missouri Western for future training camps.

Things look bright for Derrick Johnson’s 2017 comeback with Chiefs

Derrick Johnson

One BIG questions coming into training camp this year is whether Derrick Johnson be recovered from his Achilles tendon injury suffered towards the end of last season. In the offseason, Johnson insisted he would be ready for training camp, and he has stuck to his word. Plus, from what we’ve seen and heard so far, things are “a go” for the 34-year old linebacker in the regular season.

Derrick Johnson has had a somewhat speedy recovery. It’s just been seven months since his surgery. Many questioned if Johnson would be ready for the season, but Johnson answered those questions by being out on the field during the first days of training camp.

With Jeremy Maclin gone, the KC Chiefs have a big gap to fill

Chris Conley Maclin Chiefs

The game of football is all about gaps. On offense, you’re trying to create gaps, while on defense you’re trying to close them. For the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2017 season will be all about filling the gap left with the departure of leading receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was released in June.

Maclin appeared to be a salary-cap cut victim. Cutting him when they did saved the Chiefs $10 million against this year’s cap, room they desperately needed.

Is selection of Patrick Mahomes a big gamble or great fit for KC Chiefs?

patrick mahomes

Taking quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round of the NFL draft was a risky proposition for the KC Chiefs.

For every Aaron Rodgers (taken by Green Bay with the 24th overall pick of the 2005 draft), there are more busts like Akili Smith (third in 1999), JaMarcus Russell (first in 2007) and Ryan Leaf (second in 1998). Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert (10th in 2011) failed to live up to such a high pick.

While many more first-round QBs are simply competent and serviceable – like Alex Smith (picked first overall in 2005) – they are nowhere near the lofty expectations of a “franchise” signal caller.

Yet that is the tag being applied to Patrick Mahomes, for whom the Chiefs traded up 17 spots.

Chiefs: Off-season answers from Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware

Chiefs Andy Reid Spencer Ware Dee Ford

Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine caught up with the KC Chiefs Andy Reid, Dee Ford and Spencer Ware and discussed a variety of off-season topics including the QB position plus recent draft and contract decisions that could affect the 2017 season.

ANDY REID

Q: How important is it to establish that this is Alex Smith’s team coming into camp?
REID: “I think a given is that Alex [Smith] has been here, he’s done well and all the guys understand that. There’s more than just stepping back and throwing the football. That position has grown into a tough thing to pick up right away. That young kid [Patrick Mahomes] is going to learn. That’s what he’s going to do. He’s got a great room there to learn in between the players and the coaches in there. Then I expect Alex [Smith] to go in and win. That’s what he’s going to do. He doesn’t think any different than that. He’s not looking back, he’s moving forward and that’s an important thing. He’s been around it a little bit.”

Will Chiefs selection of Patrick Mahomes and other bold draft moves lead to big dividends in the future?

Patrick Mahomes draft pick

They finally did it! The Kansas City Chiefs traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, which had Chiefs Kingdom all abuzz. Then, they took quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the first round. The trade was the first of four the Chiefs made to improve selections in the draft. The world as we know it changed.