KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here is this week's edition of the Kansas City Chiefs mailbag. To ask a question for a future edition, send it to me via Twitter (@adamteicher) and tag it #ChiefsMail.
@adamteicher I'm a big Alex Smith fan but having said that do u see them going after RG3 next season if he becomes available?— mike baker (@bakerlegend11) November 28, 2014
@adamteicher: No. The Chiefs are committed to Smith in both the draft picks they had to give up to get him and the contract extension they signed him to over the summer. They're in no position and no mood to spend another pick or two and fork over money to Robert Griffin III. Smith has met the expectations the Chiefs had when they traded for him. They can always change their mind on this but at this point I don't see it happening.
@adamteicher: The Chiefs plan to get Avant involved but significant playing time might be another story. He's a veteran and familiar with Andy Reid's playbook from their days together with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs are also short a couple of wide receivers, so they need help from Avant Sunday night against the Broncos. But it's not realistic to think he's going to be up to speed on every play the Chiefs use. He also needs more work with quarterback Alex Smith on the practice field before he's ready for a full role.
@adamteicher with the unexpected and unfortunate circumstances with Eric Berry does the focus on the draft for from WR to safety?— MAS CERVEZAS (@Winterburg) November 28, 2014
@adamteicher: It's too early to know when Berry will return but the Chiefs went 4-1 without him early in the season so the safety positions may not be as big of a need as some people think. Regardless, the Chiefs have no other position of need like they do at wide receiver. They need help there in both the short and long terms.
@adamteicher do we know why Dee Ford is never in game? Seems like Chiefs don't trust him, even in obvious passing situations.— Pj (@TheAzmon) November 23, 2014
@adamteicher: With the Chiefs having Pro Bowlers at outside linebacker in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali and Ford making the transition to a new position, it was obvious he wasn't going to play a lot. But you are right, it's more than that now. He's been all but forgotten. The Chiefs aren't blitzing as much as they did last season and are trying to get pressure on the quarterback mostly with four guys. That doesn't leave any room for Ford in that role. As we've seen, he's got a lot to learn in playing the run and covering receivers, so there's no use for Ford in those situations, either. The result is a guy who hasn't played on defense in the past two games.
@adamteicher: I have them going 10-6. I think they will lose the next two games, against the Broncos at home and against the Cardinals in Arizona, but then finishing the season with wins against the Raiders, Steelers and Chargers.
@adamteicher: Avery was listed as probable on the final injury report of the week, so it's likely he will play. Avant will also play, though probably not a lot since he signed just a week ago.