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

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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.

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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.

Berry back, Charles gone as Chiefs make offseason moves

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MARCH 2017 – Eric Berry will be back, but Jamaal Charles will not be as the Kansas City Chiefs made a couple of significant moves entering March.

Berry agreed to a six-year $78 million contract making him the highest paid safety in NFL history.

“Keeping Eric Berry in a Chiefs uniform long-term has been a significant goal of ours,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “He’s a special football player and an incredible person. We’re thrilled we were able to get this deal done.”

Coach Andy Reid called Berry “one of the backbones of our defense and a team leader.”

Jeremy Maclin, Chiefs embark on “special” season

Jeremy Maclin

OCTOBER 2015 – The Kansas City Chiefs worked aggressively in the offseason to improve their roster, but is the hype surrounding the team merely the usual autumn hubris? Newly-acquired wide receiver Jeremy Maclin doesn’t think so.

“We’ve got something special,” Jeremy Maclin said.

Chiefs fixing the ‘Cracks in the Foundation’ by adding Jeremy Maclin

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APRIL 2015 – The remake of the Chiefs is underway with trades, franchise tags and free-agent signings, and there’s one consistent theme—besides the required, “he’s a great player, but he’s a better person

Free agents think it’s a great opportunity to play for coach Andy Reid.

“I’m very excited to be here,” said wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the biggest splash among the Chiefs free-agent signings.