Chiefs prepare to trim
KC has decisions to make to get the roster down to 53 by Saturday.
With the four cuts made over the weekend, the process of paring the Chiefs’ roster to the NFL-mandated regular-season limit of 53 players has begun.
Coach Todd Haley is hoping the remaining decisions are every bit as tough to make.
“If these first few (moves) are any indication, it’s going to be much more difficult,” Haley said. “That bodes well for the team. The harder those decisions are, generally the more competitive and the better team you’re becoming.”
The Chiefs must be down to the 53-player limit by Saturday. They’ll get one final chance to evaluate in Thursday night’s final preseason game at home against Green Bay.
It’s evident the Chiefs will lack depth at many positions, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines.
“We don’t have enough depth anywhere,” Haley said. “That’s just life. It’s becoming that way across the league. Coaches are never going to be happy with their depth. …
“We’re going to have to win games a certain way. They’re not going to be pretty. We’re going to have to do a lot of things right, and one of those would be to stay healthy.”
When the Chiefs get their roster to 53, it won’t necessarily be set. They will scour the list of cuts around the league and may make a few moves.
“We have a lot more information on most of the (current Chiefs),” Haley said. “You tend to grow fond of them, develop relationships, get a comfort level with guys. So those are always difficult decisions to make. But we’re on it. We’ll do the work necessary and have been doing the work necessary to pull the trigger if we have to.”