Injuries took a major toll on the Chiefs' offense in 2011, with RB Jamaal Charles, TE Tony Moeaki and QB Matt Cassel missing a combined 37 games after landing on injured reserve. With inferior backups playing in their place, Kansas City’s offense struggled, tallying 9.6 fewer points and 38.9 fewer yards per game in 2011 than they did in the division-winning season of 2010.
To ensure a similar drop-off doesn’t occur, GM Scott Pioli made it a priority to improve depth all across the offense. The Chiefs were aggressive from the start of free agency, adding a backup QB in Brady Quinn, a complement to Charles in RB Peyton Hillis and a second receiving tight end in Kevin Boss. All of that was rounded out with the addition of starting ORT Eric Winston, who should anchor an improved offensive line.
Given how much Pioli has invested in the offense, both this offseason and last year, we hear the defense will be the focus of the Chiefs’ 2012 draft class. Finding a run-stuffing nose tackle and ball-hawking linebacker will be the top priorities, as well as more depth in the secondary.