The Chiefs will need balance to succeed

The Kansas City Chiefs are making a good-faith effort this offseason to turn the franchise back around. That process started by hiring Andy Reid. Although the Chiefs weren't taking a shot on an "up and comer," they were able to land one of the best offensive minds in football with a proven record of winning as a head coach.

The offseason rebuild continued with Alex Smith. Smith was brought in to fix the quarterback problem in Kansas City, and like Reid, Smith is a guy that's been around for awhile, but he's proven himself at the NFL level.

Still, a head coach and a quarterback can't carry a professional football team, and Alex Smith is aware of that. When asked in a short interview on NFL Network what he thought the Chiefs' strengths were, he gave a quick, cliche answer, but that doesn't make it any less true.

"The first thing that jumps out at me is balance," Smith said.

Jamaal Charles will no doubt be a key piece of the Chiefs offense. As important as Smith will be in the passing game, Charles will be just as important for the Chiefs' ground attack. Kansas City just isn't talented enough offensively to be a one dimensional team week in and week out.

At wide receiver, the Chiefs actually appear to be in good shape. Dwayne Bowe is one of the best in the business at catching balls, and Donnie Avery had something of a coming out party with the Colts a season ago. If he can continue with that level of production, the Chiefs could be dangerous through the air.

Ultimately, what Alex Smith believes is a strength is the driving force behind the Chiefs' offensive attacks. This will be a building year, and that balance will keep defenses guessing. Smith is a solid quarterback with some weapons around him, meaning the Chiefs may surprise a lot of teams with their offensive proficiency once the season gets underway.

About Shane Clemons

Shane Clemons came from humble beginnings creating his own Jaguars blog before moving on to SBNation as a featured writer for the Jaguars. He then moved to Bloguin where he briefly covered the AFC South before taking over Bloguin's Jaguars blog. Since the inception of This Given Sunday, Shane has served as an editor for the site, doing his best not to mess up a good thing.