The Jacksonville Jaguars make their 2013 regular season debut this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs with a completely revamped roster and coaching staff. Like the Jaguars, the Chiefs changed quite a few things after joining the Jaguars at the top of the draft last year. We decided to get some intel on this year’s Chiefs by asking our Fansided Bro Andrew Kulha from Arrowhead Addict a few questions…
1. The Chiefs seemed to be locked into Luke Joeckel with the first overall pick until a week or so before the draft when buzz started to grow about Eric Fisher. Has Fisher looked the part of the first overall pick and has the decision to take him over Joeckel looked good thus far?
Fisher has had his ups and downs this preseason. He dealt with some lingering minor injuries and his play has been inconsistent. He looks how a rookie lineman should be, a bit overwhelmed. Still, he obviously has tremendous talent, good size and overall, he’s progressing. I don’t think many are worried about him.
2. How has Alex Smith looked in Andy Reid’s offense? Was a second round pick too much to give up for him?
Alex Smith is who we thought he would be. He’s very accurate and isn’t afraid to check down and go with the safe throws. I think he’ll do great in Kansas City. The Chiefs have talent for him to throw to, and Reid’s scheme will only empower that talent. Smith may not light the world on fire with his numbers but he’ll be able to lead this offense and that’s what Kansas City needs from him. The Chiefs needed a quarterback, so I’m fine with them giving up a second round pick.
3. The Chiefs had some talent last year (6 Pro Bowlers) but still finished with only two wins. What’s going to spark the turnaround this year?
This is simply just a new franchise with a new mindset and direction. John Dorsey is a smart general manager who learned with a great organization in the Packers. Andy Reid is a proven coach, and his assistants have brought a lot to the table as well. Special teams, offense and defense is all new.
4. Who is an under-the-radar player the Jaguars should be looking out for this Sunday?
Wide receiver Donnie Avery. He’s been tabbed as the No. 2 wideout opposite of Dwayne Bowe, and if the Jags roll coverage over Bowe, Avery is talented enough to rack up some nice catches.
5. What’s an area of concern for the Chiefs going into this game against the Jaguars?
Overall, there’s a good vibe surrounding the team. The concern is that we haven’t seen anything when the wins and losses mean anything yet. Talk is talk, and now we want to see if the Chiefs can walk the walk when it really matters.
Check out Arrowhead Addict for my answers to Andrew’s questions
- Daniel Lago
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