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Chiefs Q&A: Trade targets, captain's patches and more

10/24/2013 7:10 PM

10/24/2013 7:10 PM

The third installment of The Star’s Chiefs-based Twitter Q covers a wide swath of topics, ranging from the possibility of the Chiefs adding a big-play receiver via trade to the reason the Chiefs don't wear captains’ patches. But we’ll start with some leftover questions from my live chat on Tuesday, so if you missed that, be sure to read the transcript here. • Guest: Yes, they're unbeaten but what do you see as areas the Chiefs need to improve? The passing game needs to be a little more dynamic if the Chiefs hope to make the playoffs. We’re a long way from the 2000 Ravens winning the Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer at quarterback. You can win with Jamaal Charles as your primary playmaker, but I think the Chiefs need Dwayne Bowe to be closer to the 2010 version of himself than he's shown so far. Donnie Avery, Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath are solid secondary targets, but if I were a Chiefs fan, I’d be worried this offense lacks the juice of a Super Bowl-caliber offense. • Matt: Should we be concerned about Charles’ workload? How are his feet this week? Yes. Sam Mellinger wrote a good column about this a week ago. I’m solidly with him. • Jake: Do you see the Chiefs bringing anyone in to improve the offense? WR, TE? Do you see any targets out there that make sense? I think Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks and Browns receiver Josh Gordon each have the kind of talent that can take this offense to another level. But Nicks, who will be a free agent after the season, has some knee issues, and Gordon has some major off-field issues. How much do you really want to give up for either? And what’s more, do you really want to mess with the locker room chemistry? This isn’t Madden. You trade for one of those guys, Avery or Dexter McCluster essentially gets demoted. Given the team’s 7-0 record, that could be a tough pill to swallow. • Art: Read on Yahoo today that the Browns are willing to ship Josh Gordon. Any chance the Chiefs try to make a move for him? Or any other receivers out there to help this offense out? For the reasons listed above, I doubt it. • Xchiefs: Historically, how does this year's Chiefs D compare against ’95 and ’97 teams? All three ranked first in the league in points allowed, so that's tough. All three teams have great pass rushers, a great nose tackle and great corners. This year's team is on pace to give up fewer points (186) than those two teams (232 in 1997 and 241 in 1995), but some of that could be chalked up to the general lousiness of their first seven opponents (15-33 combined record this season). Considering I was 11 years old in 1995, I’m tempted to go with this year’s group, especially because they figure to have as many or more Pro Bowl defenders than the ’95 team (three) and ’97 team (four) did. At this point, I think Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Justin Houston are locks, and Derrick Johnson and Sean Smith both have great cases. I also think Eric Berry will get a hard look. But I'd like to actually see them face a team like Denver before I anoint them, so I guess I'd go with one of the throwback teams. • Easz88: Do you think we should try the “Handoff to the invisible guy” more often? Haha it was a fun play and all but you don't want to rely on busted plays to gain yards in the NFL. I know I answered this way too seriously but I’m in a zone right now. I’ll work on my sense of humor. • Jake: I think a TE would benefit this offense more than a WR. Are there any TEs available through free agency or trade that would make sense? If there was any free agent that was actually good out there, they’d already be on a team. And like I said, I doubt the Chiefs are gonna screw with the chemistry too much. • Trent: (Adam) Schefter last night said that teams have offered a high pick and a player for Gordon. Chiefs cannot give up that much. Chiefs probably would not even be willing to give up that much. • Grant: Can you please tell Mellinger to get a haircut? Tell him yourself on Twitter, via @mellinger! I happen to be a fan of wild hair. In fact, I still regret cutting the Afro I grew out two years ago. • Jake: Over/Under 7 1/2 sacks Sunday? I'm assuming you're asking about the Chiefs’ defense vs. the Browns offense, so I’ll say under. Joe Thomas is a stud left tackle who will make life a little more difficult for Hali. While center Alex Mack is really sturdy. He probably won't get embarrassed by Dontari Poe. That leaves Justin Houston, who could indeed have a big game against Geoff Schwartz’s brother Mitchell, a rookie who has allowed eight sacks this year. But 7 1/2 sacks is asking a lot against a team that has allowed three per game. By the way, if you mean combined for both teams, I'll still take the under. Alex Smith has only been sacked 12 times this year, which averages out to less than two per game. • Justin: Do you think Alex Smith is getting more comfortable throwing to Bowe even when he isn’t wide open? Alex has said he probably should throw to Bowe in single coverage more, though I think it’s hard for him to change his stripes in that way. He’ll check down and go to the open guy most every time, which is largely a good thing with this defense. • Mike: The Chiefs are obviously 7-0 and off to a great start. How much do you think is their record a product of them playing a last-place schedule? That has something to do with it. The overall record of the Chiefs’ first seven opponents is 15-33. That’s pretty putrid. But I still think this defense is pretty darn good, and they'd be 5-2 or 4-3 anyway.^^ ^^A couple of observant readers correctly pointed out that the Chiefs haven’t played the only teams affected by their last-place schedule (Buffalo and Cleveland). The NFL schedule pits teams against their division opponents six times, then pits them teams from another division in conference and out of conference. That leaves two leftover games, which are contingent the prior year’s standings. For instance, these would pit a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year. So while the Chiefs’ opponents have generally stunk, it’s inaccurate to say it’s a product of a last-place schedule. Has nothing to do with it.