The Chiefs continue the process of refashioning an outfit that managed just two last season. In addition to new coach Andy Reid, the team traded for quarterback Alex Smith (and subsequently released Matt Cassel), signed cornerback Dunta Robinson, and on the third day of free agency agreed to terms with arguably the best cornerback available, Sean Smith.
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A former second-round pick out of Utah, Smith spent his first four NFL seasons in Miami. In 2012, he had two interceptions, three forced fumbles and 12 passes defended. According to Football Outsiders, the Dolphins' pass defense ranked 17th against opponents' No. 1 receivers.
These numbers are bolstered by ProFootballFocus.com, which notes that "Smith is long on talent even if he did lead the league in giving up the most combined first downs and touchdowns last year. He gave up 1.17 yards per snap in coverage last year (27th best of all cornerbacks) and finished the year with a +0.7 grade in coverage on the back of a strong start and poor finish to the year."
But, at 25, Smith has plenty of time to become a more consistent player. And, at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, he already has the size to match up well against Broncos wideout Demaryius Thomas.
And while it's rarely the case that an offseason spending spree magically fixes a fatally-flawed team (Reid had first-hand experience with this in Philadelphia two years ago), at least the Chiefs are doing something. A seven- or eight-win season in 2013, by most accounts, would be considered not only a step in the right direction but a resounding success.