Mailbag: Win-Loss Record Outlook

Answering questions from Chiefs Kingdom

You asked, I answer:

Dave from Wichita: What's the outlook for our win-loss record in terms of personnel (injuries) and strength of schedule?

After winning four of the last five games, there's reason to be optimistic about this Chiefs team moving forward.

If you take out the first game against the Tennessee Titans, a performance that isn't indicative of anything we've seen from the team since, even in the other two losses, both on the road against quality opponents, this team has the look of one that can compete with anyone.

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The Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers are considered two of the better teams in their respective conferences, and the Chiefs were within one offensive drive late in the game from tying or leading both of those games on the road.

It's hard to predict anything in the NFL because every team has talent, but it's not out of the question that this team finds their way back into the playoffs again.

After Week 1, I probably wouldn't have said that.

Considering the injuries they've faced this season, it just goes to show the job John Dorsey and Andy Reid have done bringing in talent and then developing them once they're here.

John from Iowa: There have been some recent articles circulating about the Chiefs top draft needs. With the Chiefs possibly having 11 draft picks in '15, what positions would you address?

Honestly, with so many young players and so much time left to develop this season, this question can't be answered with any kind of clarity.

You have young players like Phillip Gaines, Ron Parker, Frankie Hammond, De'Anthony Thomas, Josh Martin and Zach Fulton that all have seen development through the first eight games, we should know more at the conclusion of the season on where these guys and the other young players stand.

We saw that over this past offseason with the receiver position. Everyone on the outside was sure that a receiver would be selected in the draft, but the Chiefs decided to stay in-house and develop the young players they currently had on the roster, which goes to the core of how Dorsey and Reid said they'd build this team.

It will be interesting to see how many compensatory draft picks the Chiefs receive due to all of the free agents who signed elsewhere last offseason.

Also, if they don't play for K-State, there's a good chance I haven't seen them play this season either.

Nick from Jersey: If the Jets can keep Harvin and Decker, do you think the 2015-2016 season will have the Jets in the playoff picture?

I have no idea, this is a Chiefs Mailbag. See you Sunday!

Photos from the Chiefs week eight win against the St Louis Rams

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Pete from Manhattan: Who has the best nickname on the team?

It's either Mike McGlynn, "greasy," or Mitch Holthus' nickname for Anthony Sherman, "sausage."

Both are pretty good.

Fred from Wyoming: Will Joe Mays be back before the end of the season?

He has practiced in a limited capacity over the past couple of days as he comes back from wrist surgery.

The fact that he's out there has to be a good sign. Also, while he's been out, Josh Mauga and James-Michael Johnson have played well in his absence and that has to be a good thing for this defense overall.

Mauga might even be the surprise player through the first half of the season as he's been fantastic. Coach Reid said they will bring Mays along slowly, and he's got a couple of weeks before they have to make a decision.

Max from Florida: I'm wondering if the Chiefs will begin using De'Anthony Thomas as a deep threat receiver?

I don't think there's any particular route that's out of the question to utilize Thomas' skillset. We've seen that he's at his best with the ball in his hands out in space, and while he has the speed to beat anyone deep, he would have to have a good amount of separation on a vertical route because he doesn't have a lot of size to go up and win a jump-ball situation.

We've seen a lot of horizontal routes from the Chiefs offense, and each route plays off the other. Everything has a purpose for Alex Smith and the offense.

As long as they keep moving the ball and converting third downs as well as they have this season, there's no reason to change what they've been doing. That said, if there's a time to take a shot down the field, I like his chances getting behind the defense.

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