Last Season: 2-14, 0-6 division Playoffs: Missed the postseason Stat Leaders: QB Matt Cassel (1,796 YDS, 6 TDS, 12 INTS); RB Jamaal Charles (1,509 YDS, 5 TDS); WR Dwayne Bowe (801 YDS, 3 TDS); LB Derrick Johnson (125 TACKLES, 2 SACKS) The Buzz: Kansas City was among the two worst teams in the NFL last season. However, the Chiefs made major offseason moves that should immediately translate to more wins. New coach Andy Reid takes over leading the franchise. Matt Cassell, who had twice as many picks as touchdown passes last season, is out and Alex Smith is charged with managing the offense. While Smith went through some tough seasons in San Francisco, he is a smart quarterback and can avoid turnovers. Jamaal Charles is an elite rusher who should thrive under Reid's watch. Receiver Dwayne Bowe also should thrive with the coaching change and a steady quarterback running the offense. Kansas City has playmakers on defense, with Derrick Johnson, Eric Berry, and Tamba Hali leading the unit. The Chiefs ranked No. 2 in the NFL last season with 20 interceptions. Luck Factor: Kansas City is making its own luck, taking aggressive offseason action to avoid another 2-14 season.
David Eulitt, MCT