Not discounting the loss of Maclin by any means, but Tyreek is a better deep ball threat than Jeremy and maybe the rest of the entire league. He made magic on limited touches as a rookie. Just wait until he's featured from week one.
As big a Poe fan as I am, Logan is better against the run. Jones is a stud. Allen Bailey is back, and KPass will be disruptive in spot play. Nunez-Roches grew up a lot last year and that should continue.
Hunt is a beast and will supplant Ware in the backfield.
CB is better going into this year than last.
ILB is a concern, but JML and Wilson have another year under their respective belts and I expect them to benefit from that and Logan in the middle.
GMs don't play on Sundays.
That's how I see it. I think the DL will be better. Chris Jones is unbelievable and will know his shit this year. Logan will make a huge difference against the run. We just got Mauga back, helping the LB's. The thing that makes for a #1 WR is being a #1 WR. Our current guys will get a lot more yds total than last year, when Maclin was hurt or hurting, because they will get the ball a lot more. I think total receiving yards will go up. I also think Alex will take more chances in the passing game, since he is fighting for a big contract with another team as early as next year. Chasson could emerge as a spot guy but will mostly be learning his routes this year. The O-line is young and will be together again, which makes all the difference. So they will be better. Hunt will improve the running game. Colquitt is back, eliminating that uncertainty.
I also agree with your GM comment. There is no reason to announce one now. A GM isn't really needed until after the season, anyway. I am pretty sure it will be Veach. He is the best candidate out there and is a super sharp evaluator of talent. HIghly sought after around the leage and already knows the team and Reid. So, I think the team will be better. But that lasts only as long as the first major injury or two, so it is always a crapshoot. But the Chiefs will be in the running for years to come, especially if Mahomes pans out. My biggest concern is the locker room atmosphere, the way Maclin was handled. But all the LR leaders are back, and I think they will keep the atmosphere great and on track.
The Chiefs will be a better team when they know that their GM will reward them for great play by re-signing them early in contract years instead of negotiating with them like they are unimportant and being hard nosed about it. Leaving them franchise tagged in a sport that involves career threatening injuries is bad for the tagged players, makes them too cautious on the field, and makes them feel undervalued by management. Overall a bad philosophy no matter how astute the talent evaluation is. FRONT load the damned contracts, also, instead of leaving all that dead money.
Oakland is the strongest team in the division right now because of Carr. But they paid way too much for him and will hurt them as far as trying to keep the rest of the team together. Again, a crapshoot, because they are just as susceptible as anyone to that one or two major injury threat. More so, because I think the Chiefs are much deeper.