Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/3/13
2012 Record: 2-142012 DownfallPoor Quarterback PlayMatt Cassel (he of the $62M contract in 2009) and Brady Quinn (a first round pick among the barren quarterback class of 2007) combined for 8 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Each man went 1-7 as the starter, with Cassel throwing 6 of the 8 touchdowns.The duo also combined (along with a Peyton Hillis incompletion) for a 63.8 passer rating, the second worst team rating in the league, ahead of only Arizona. Cassel was a far cry from his 2010 form that made the trade with New England look worthwhile.According to Cold Hard Football Facts' "Offensive HOG Index", the Chiefs were also near the bottom of the league in two vital categories: percentage of passing plays ending in a sack or pick (11.48 percent, fourth worst in the NFL), and third down percentage (33.02 percent, fifth worst).The Defense CrumbledThe 2011 Chiefs were in inconsistent team that actually had a strong defense. The offense did languish after Jamaal Charles bowed out for the year with an ACL injury, but it was Romeo Crennel's not-so-surprisingly stout defense that got the team to 7-9, including a win over the undefeated Packers after Crennel took over for the ousted Todd Haley.With Crennel in full control over 2012, the defense went by the wayside.In 2011, the Chiefs allowed 4.16 rushing yards a carry (fourteenth best in the league), but dropped to 4.50 yards a carry in 2012 (eighth worst in the league).The defense that recorded a sack or an interception 10.14 percent of the time (sixth best) diminished soundly to 6.92 percent in 2012 (fourth worst). Their stoutness on third down also devalued, from 34.29 percent in 2011 (eighth best) to 39.11 percent (twelfth worst).It becomes all the more clear how the defense that allowed 21.1 PPG in 2011 ballooned to 26.6 PPG a year later.2013 Projected Wins: 6.5Top 3 Rookies-Eric Fisher, OT (1/1): Top pick in the draft replaces Eric Winston, and will help solidify the right side of the line with his powerful run blocking, and exceptional nimbleness for a man his size.-Travis Kelce, TE (3/63): Andy Reid knows his brother Jason from Philadelphia, who has similar blocking credentials; little brother will come in handy downfield for Charles.-Knile Davis, RB (3/96): Despite a battery of ankle injuries (one that caused him to miss the 2010 season at Arkansas), still possesses breakaway speed for a larger back.Other MovesTraded for QB Alex Smith while cutting Matt Cassel. Also traded for FB Anthony Sherman, sending CB Javier Arenas to Arizona. They replaced Arenas by signing Dunta Robinson from the Falcons, and Sean Smith from the Dolphins, to try and fix the defensive issues.Reid set out to give Smith more offensive weapons, including wideout Donnie Avery (career high 781 yards last year), and veteran tight end Anthony Fasano (5 touchdowns in each of the last two seasons).Key players like Dwayne Bowe and Brendan Albert were also retained; Bowe gives Reid his first playmaking receiver with considerable size and strength since Terrell Owens in the mid-2000s. Reid also adds familiar Philly faces in LB Akeem Jordan and S Quintin Demps.Potential Starting LineupQB - Alex SmithRB - Jamaal CharlesFB - Anthony ShermanWR - Dwayne BoweWR - Jonathan BaldwinTE - Tony MoeakiLT - Branden AlbertLG - Geoff SchwartzC - Rodney HudsonRG - Jon AsamoahRT - Eric FisherDE - Tyson JacksonNT - Dontari PoeDE - Mike DevitoOLB - Justin HoustonILB - Akeem JordanILB - Derrick JohnsonOLB - Tamba HaliCB - Brandon FlowersCB - Sean SmithFS - Kendrick LewisSS - Eric BerryK - Ryan SuccopP - Dustin ColquittLS - Thomas Gafford2013 at a GlanceIt's a new day for Andy Reid, as he takes his coaching smarts to the AFC for the first time. The mind behind six division titles, nine playoff appearances, and a conference championship in Philadelphia is tasked with turning around a team that seemed poised to break out at the start of this decade under Todd Haley.Reid's brought with him a number of familiar coaches, including Brad Childress, Tommy Brasher, and Emmitt Thomas. New to his staff is defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who brings coordinating and coaching experience from the Jets, under both Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan.With Crennel as coordinator, the defense was a reliable workhorse as mentioned in earlier. In fact, despite the breakdown in 2012, that side of the ball still boasts three Pro Bowlers: Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, and Eric Berry.Robinson and Smith will look to aid Berry and Brandon Flowers, who combined for four of the team's miserably-low seven interceptions last season.To help the defense, the offense has to not turn the ball over, which they did 37 times in 2012 (third worst total in the league). Alex Smith thrived the last two seasons under Jim Harbaugh's basic offense, throwing 10 touchdowns in 25 games played (30 touchdowns).Although Colin Kaepernick's emergence in San Francisco made Smith expendable, Smith's still fairly young (29). One problem he's faced is breaks in his growth, due to having eight offensive coordinators in eight years with the 49ers.After flourishing under Greg Roman for two years, Smith is now paired with former quarterback Doug Pederson, which could be a downgrade.2012 wasn't a good indicator due to the numerous injuries along the offensive line, but Reid has a good eye for protection.Keeping Albert long-term was a must, and Reid saw world-class capabilities in Fisher, but center is going to be an issue. With Ryan Lilja retired, relatively inexperienced third-year player Rodney Hudson will try to fill his shoes.Reid's offenses have been notoriously pass heavy, despite the presence of running backs like Duce Staley, LeSean McCoy, and Brian Westbrook. However, with Jamaal Charles still on top of his game (1509 yards last season), and Reid bringing Chris Ault, inventor of the "Pistol" offense, to consult, it seems as though Reid's finally realizing that many of his problems in Philadelphia were due to imbalance and predictability.VerdictThe last time Reid presided over a team that had an influx of name talent, and various coaching changes, was the doomed 2011 "Dream Team" in Philadelphia. Injuries, ill-fits, horrid playcalling, and a lack of cohesion would be his downfall.Reid could eventually turn the Chiefs around, but it won't be in one year. There will be improvements, but it comes down to developing seamless play. Between a rebounding defense, and a revamped offensive line, those will take more than one season to hit their strides.Prediction: 5-11
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rondo rules himself out for Game 5, unsure about Game 6

Report: Vikings unlikely to pick up Bridgewater’s fifth-year option

Jets reportedly willing to trade No. 6 pick to Browns

Report: Lynch agrees to deal with Raiders, will be traded

WATCH: Jose Altuve leaves game after scary outfield collision

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Allen Iverson has savage response to Tim Hardaway’s crossover claim

Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo ‘longshot’ to return during Celtics series

Pat Riley: LeBron James’ departure from Miami ‘was personal’

Marcus Smart fires back at Jimmy Butler over ‘not about that life’ talk

Tony Gonzalez: Tony Romo did not cost me CBS job

Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated by NFL

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

Box Score 4/26: NFL Draft eve

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Stanley Cup Playoffs: The West is full of surprises

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker