Kansas City Chiefs, Def, Chiefs
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2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jun-15-2015 by Shawn Childs
Kansas City will face seven teams with weak rushing defenses with most of those games coming over the second half of the year. Their two toughest games against the run are Houston and Cincinnati. They have three bad matchups against the pass – PIT and DEN (X 2) and seven games against teams with below average passing attacks.
The Chiefs finished 28th in the league in rushing yards allowed (2,036), but they only allowed four rushing TDs. Kansas City allowed 4.7 yards per rush.
Their best player by a wide margin is LB Justin Houston. He was a beast in the pass rush (23 sacks, eight QB hits, and 56 QB hurries) while adding solid value in run support. LB Tamba Hali added value in the pass rush (six sacks, seven QB hits, and 31 QB hurries), but his success was well below his best years in the NFL. Hali was only a neutral run stopper. LB Derrick Johnson missed most of 2014 with torn Achilles. He is expected be ready for the start of the season. Johnson was selected in the first round in 2005 so he is at the end of his career. His best asset is pass coverage. The last linebacker slot is up for grabs with LB James-Michael Johnson and LB Josh Mauga playing poorly in 2014. The Chief also have the services of 2014 first round draft pick LB Dee Ford who had minimal value off the bench last year. His best skill is rushing the QB.
2012 first round draft pick NT Dontari Poe had a career high seven sacks in 2014, but he faded badly against the run after showing promise in this area in the previous year. DE Jaye Howard was unimpressive in his first season as a starter. DE Mike Devito also saw his 2014 season end after one game due an Achilles injury. Devito's only asset is stopping the run.
CB Sean Smith was one of the top cover cornerbacks in the league in 2014. Receivers caught 49 of 86 targets for 597 yards with three TDs and one INT. His success was a huge step up from his previous couple of seasons. Rookie CB Marcus Peters is expected to win the other starting job at corner. Peters has cover skills, but NFL QBs will test his weakness in his first season. His game will improve with more experience, but he will allow a couple of long TDs. Both starting safeties are no more than league average.
Last year, Kansas City had 46 sacks while allowing the second lowest amount of passing yards (3,252) in the league. Receivers only gained 6.4 yards per catch with 22 passing TDs allowed and six INTs.
This defense is loaded with talent at linebacker with four first round draft picks on the roster. Unfortunately, two of those players are at the end of their careers. Their defensive line doesn't look like an edge and the Chiefs have one strong CB. A plus pass rush with help the risk in pass coverage. If the Chiefs' run defense improved and their offense did a better job scoring points, this defense would have a lot more upside when offenses become one dimensional. Kansas City will attack the QB and they flashed scoring ability on defense over the last two years. They need someone to step up and become a playmaker in the secondary to help increase the Ints production. This defense has top-10 value.
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