Ah the old cliche that says a quarterback gets too much praise for the wins and too much blame for the losses, but it comes to fruition when talking about the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs. It seems Chiefs fans just can’t stop heaping praise upon their beloved signal caller who dinks and dunks the ball on his way to carrying the team to victory. Alex has been a fantastic game manager, but what has carried this team to its 4-0 start is the unbelievable way the defense has stepped up its game. I didnt know much about the Chiefs new defensive coordinator, Bob Sutton, coming into this season, but I have to give him a ton of credit. This is one of the leagues top units while forcing plenty of turnovers which gives the offense very short fields to operate in.
Justin Houston is the name you’ll most likely hear first when someone is talking about the Chiefs defense this year. He leads the league with 7.5 sacks so the fact his name would come up first is no surprise. However, I’d like to mention a presence in the middle we haven’t had since the days of Dan Saleamua and Joe Phillips in the early to mid 90’s. Dontari Poe didn’t show me much in his rookie season with Kansas City, but this year he is showing flashes of greatness. He’s getting a consistent push up the middle which is allowing Justin Houston and Tamba Hali to be more effective as the quarterback has nowhere to escape to. Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, and Eric Berry are playing at a high level as usual so no surprise there.
Some players who have shocked me with their performances are Sean Smith even though I loved his game when he was with the Miami Dolphins; the Chiefs haven’t had much luck with free agent cornerbacks in the past. Sean has played like extremely well and I look for him and Brandon Flowers to be a scary duo for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. Another cornerback is little known Marcus Cooper coming over from the Seattle Seahawks where they are loaded at that position. Marcus came into the game last Sunday against the New York Giants and held his own in coverage which is highly impressive for this young cornerback from Rutgers. Dunta Robinson is getting up in age so I can see Marcus Cooper being groomed to be the Chiefs new nickel corner in years to come.
I knew this defense would bounce back and be a much improved group from 2012, but I have to say I’m surprised by just how well they are playing. I give a lot of that credit to Dontari Poe’s improved performance, the addition of Sean Smith who gives the Chiefs another talented cornerback, and Bob Sutton whose attacking style defense fits this personnel perfectly. I’m not sure this defense is good enough to carry us through the playoffs and to a Super Bowl, but it would be a good start just to get back in the playoffs after last years disasterous 2-14 debacle. I still think we need to find our quarterback to groom to become our franchise guy. Then we can start talking about winning playoff games and contending year in and year out for that ever elusive and coveted Lombardi Trophy.