JACK'S SMACK: A rough upcoming season for the Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It seems like an eternity but we're only three months removed from that epic meltdown by the Chiefs in the playoffs back in January.

In case you forgot, they blew a 28 point second half lead and lost to the Colts in a 45-44 shootout.

The stench from that game is still out there.  It just won't go away.

Derrick Johnson said he still hasn't watched a tape of it and I don't blame him.

I bring this up because starting today the players are allowed to show up at Arrowhead for the beginning of off season for weightlifting and conditioning. It's not mandatory, but most of the guys do show up. Many of them have bonuses tied to their attendance. Others get $175 bucks a day.

This is going to be a very interesting season. I don't look for the Chiefs to even come close to matching the 11 wins they put up a year ago.

You'll recall, they won their first 9 games, but it was a soft schedule. Second half of the season it got much tougher and they lost 5 of their last 7 games.

They haven't done squat in free agency because they don't have much money to spend under the cap. That's going to be a problem.

They lost 2 offensive linemen. They lost their punt and kick return guy. The secondary is a mess and needs to be re-tooled. And the Chiefs don't have a second round draft pick this year.

I'm not trying to be a Debbie-downer, but have you checked this year's schedule? It is a bear. Eight victories might be setting the bar too high.

I know this: there is no way they're hitting double-digit wins this year, not with the team they have right now.

We can only hope that will change by September but I don't see that happening.

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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