Denver is still the team to beat. They have the king of regular season QBing in manning who makes everyone around him better. If our DB's do not pan out, denver (and maybe the rest of the league)will be passing all over us
We were 0-6 in the AFC West last year. And in the past 6 years we are 11-25, Oak. 17-19, SD 25-11, and Den. 19-17. Looks like we need to learn how to beat these teams.
The holes are obvious:
Questionable qb- We know that when the opposing team scores points, Alex Smith doesn't win.
Questionable corner opposite of Flowers (Sean Smith had perhaps the worst year of all the corners in 12)
Lackluster defensive line
The bottomline is the defense is going to have to play well for us to win. Alex Smith isn't going to be able to win if he's down early.
- Gave up 19 runs of 20+ yards not many teams can say that. In fact only 1 team gave up more and 2 other teams gave up 19.
- Only had 27 sacks again, not many teams can say their defense was only able to sack the QB 27 times or less. 2 Teams, Jax & Oak had less sacks and one other team had 27.
- Had only 7 ints only one other team can boast in taking the ball away 7 times.
- Gave up 29 passing TDs and only 5 teams gave up more.
- Gave up 8.0 yds/pass only two teams were worse with NYG & NO giving up 8.1 yds/pass
- Gave up 135.7 yds rushing per game only 5 teams gave up more.
Let's stop looking at the hype and look at production, KC defense is as overrated as it comes...
It would be interesting to see at what point in the in those games the defensive production declined. A case might be made that in the majority of those games the second half is where our defensive performance was at it's worst. This could leave one to a reasonable conclusion that the defense was spent at half time having been on the field for much of the first half due to inept offensive performance.
The truth is the defense just wasn't that great last year first or 2nd half. So many Chiefs fans wanted to put last year on the QB spot well it was a lot worse then that. The Offense hurt the D with turnovers but there were a lot of games where the D just plan stunk up the place even without the turnovers. They Made Josh Freeman one Sunday afternoon look like a hall of fame QB and His WRS look like Hall of famers as well. It was horrible. The whole team was horrible. That points to coaching. There were times the D played outstanding. There were times the offense moved the ball well. Those times were just few and far between. The biggest problem the 2012 Chiefs had was the coaching staff. They never put this team in a spot where they could do well. The MNF game John Gruden was literally laughing at the offense playcalling of the Chiefs on the air. I was screaming all of this all last season but some just wanted to focus on the QB spot. While the QBs hurt the team big time the coaching was FAR FAR worse. They went out and got a proven NFL head coach who has been to the playoffs more then a few times. They went out and got really the best QB they could in a year where the QB draft class was WEAK. They have addressed there main needs. How it works out remains to be seen. This team has potential to be really good. But that was said last season as well. It will be interesting to see how it plays out