Three weeks into free agency, the salary cap-strapped Redskins have focused mostly on retaining their own players. But that doesn’t mean their 2013 opponents haven’t been busy adding players, filling holes and reshaping rosters. Recently, we examined Washington’s NFC EAST foes, the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys. In the coming weeks, we’re going to check in with the rest of the teams who appear on the Redskins’ schedule next season. Go here to see our other Enemy Intel posts.
2012 record: 2-14
Key acquisitions: QB Alex Smith (trade), CB Sean Smith, CB Dunta Robinson, TE Anthony Fasano, WR Donnie Avery, DE Mike Devito
2013 outlook: Coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey wasted little time giving the Chiefs’ talent-laden but seriously underachieving roster a jolt.
Their biggest move, of course, was trading for Alex Smith, the best quarterback available. Is Smith a franchise-altering player? Probably not. But he’s a major upgrade at the game's most important position and a solid starting point for a club that won all of two games in 2012.
After securing their starting signal caller, Reid and Dorsey dived headfirst into free agency and created a bit of a splash.
In a span of two days, they bolstered their defensive secondary, signing free agent cornerbacks Sean Smith and Dunta Robinson to join standout Brandon Flowers. Last season, the Chiefs gave up 29 passing touchdowns (only five teams yielded more). With arguably the best secondary in the AFC West now, that number figures to decline.
The Chiefs also made a significant addition up front on defense, acquiring rugged and versatile defensive end Mike DeVito to aid a run defense that ranked 27th. The former Jet ranked as the 10th best 3-4 end last season, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
On offense, Smith is the centerpiece of a unit that already boasts Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles (1,509 yards) and wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (three 1,000 seasons in last five years). To that group, the Chiefs have added reliable tight end Anthony Fasano (23 TDs in last five seasons in Miami) and speedy wide receiver Donnie Avery (781 yards in Indianapolis) as well as backup quarterback Chase Daniel. They also locked up Bowe, who was going to be an unrestricted free agent, with a five-year, $56 million contract.
Kansas City also owns the No. 1 overall draft pick, which should yield one more potential starter.
Sure, there’s always uncertainty when a team hires a new coach and then leaps aggressively into free agency. But, on paper, the Chiefs appear to be a much-improved outfit. Therefore, it probably would be foolish to pencil them in as a ‘W’ on the Redskins’ schedule based on last season’s debacle.