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Chiefs Defense Is Key To Kansas City’s Super Bowl Dreams

Can the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl despite having an average offense?

At least according to Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, the answer to that question is “yes”.

When recently asked by the media whether or not a team can win the Super Bowl without “the ability to take the top off the defense”, Pederson seemed to focus more on the defensive side of the ball than anything.

“I would like to say yes, he said. “You look at the history and some of the great defenses with teams that have won the Super Bowl. Off the top of my head I can’t think of how many deep balls were actually attributed to wins. It’s part of the game and you have to do that and put your guys in position to make the plays down the field.”

For what it’s worth, I tend to agree with coach Pederson and I think that it was smart of him to sing the praises of Kansas City’s defense, rather than put that kind of pressure on his offense.

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They say that offense wins games and defense wins championships, and even in today’s NFL—that’s a phrase that still rings true.

Does having a prolific offense help? It certainly does. With that said, a good defense can really take the other team out of its rhythm and force an offense to get out of its comfort zone. Even the best quarterbacks have a hard time completing passes when their receivers are covered, or even worse, when they’re being hit by a charging defensive lineman.

Even more so than offense, a good defense can really set the tone of the game, and at least in my experience, the team that imposes its will is usually the one that wins the game.

So yes, a team can win the Super Bowl without a prolific offense.

Just ask the Baltimore Ravens or Tamba Bay Buccaneers. Or what about the undefeated 2007 Patriots and their high-profile offense? When met with New York Giants’ defense in the Super Bowl, even Tom Brady couldn’t pull out a win on the NFL’s biggest stage.

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Offense wins games and defense wins championships.

That’s good news for the Chiefs, because if they’re going to try to win a championship this season, they’ll need the defense to lead the way.

First things first though, go out and get the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Then and only then, we’ll revisit this conversation.

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  • Michael Shaw

    Okay, at the risk of being blasted by tons of my fellow addicts, but let me ask a question of all of you. Do you think that the Chiefs should sign a free agent WR like Randy Moss or Terrell Owens? I am not a fan of the TO show, but I have heard Eric Davis talk about how good of shape he has stayed in and who knows, maybe he could be the possession guy this team is desperately desiring. The same could be said for Randy. Neither one is as fast as he was 6 or so years ago, but they are at least, at this stage of their careers, good possession receivers that won’t likely drop the damn ball as much as the guys we have right now? Am I wrong, or do you have a better FA option since the trade deadline has passed????

    • kcchiefinlv

      The reason this Chiefs team is successful is because they play unselfishly. Enough said.

    • Troy Utt

      Michael, I asked the same question in reference to Moss earlier on in the season. Not that I have been a fan, but he has calmed down as he has grown in years. His salary & experience both should both lean in favor of the Chiefs? That said I would think it a better FA move than Chad Hall, especially in light of the season we are having…

      • KCMikeG

        Don’t forget AJ whatshisname….

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        • Troy Utt

          I believe Jenkins will most likely be released after the season. As he only had one year remaining on his contract, did he not? No doubt we will see a new stable of TE’s/WR’s in KC next year… After having a winning season landing prospects, with the new brass will be easier & much more lucrative!

    • T.Hagen

      I think our receivers need to step up. Where the hell is Jr. Hemingway?

      • KCMikeG

        Huge mistake not giving him more reps over Chad Hall.

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    • Calchiefsfan

      The Chiefs have such a great locker room attitude going right now that I’m afraid either one of those guys could screw that up and cause more damage than good.

    • KCMikeG

      My son and I were just talking/joking about this and we even tossed in Chad Johnson! We said it – turned and looked at each other and laughed and then said “would it really be worse than Jenkins and Hall?” Reid’s WCO doesn’t thrive with burners that can’t catch the ball. Short, quick passes to WR’s with great hands is the key. Help somebody this is starting to seem like a good idea!

    • micah stephenson

      No!!!! The Chiefs don’t like the wrs like T.O, Moss, or Chad Johnson, even when they where young Chiefs rather go without a wr before signing those guys.

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  • Mike Diel

    If we keep playing like we have all year we have a chance. That’s a big “if”. Have we ever won a playoff game with out Joe Montana or Len Dawson? As for the offense / defense thing if you’re plus four in the turn over ratio it’s hard to lose.

  • kcpauly

    Put Jr. Hemmingway in the damn lineup as a starter, he has great hands and good size, so we have our possesion receiver Reid just needs to play him more, get him reps. and experience
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!& NE!!!!

    • T.Hagen

      Amen brother.

    • KCMikeG

      Totally great call! I have been on his bandwagon since seeing him in camp last year before he got hurt. Why won’t they give him more plays? He catches everything near him and has a TD – on four catches- only two with more than him are JC (2 on 49 catches) and Bowe (3 on 37 catches).

    • RepOurChiefs

      And go back and sign Rico Richardson!

    • RepOurChiefs

      We have and let go perfectly good WR laying in wait!

  • Calchiefsfan

    I keep thinking that at some point the Chiefs are going to look to Rico Richardson and he becomes their Marcus Cooper of the offense.

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  • trinity

    You guys are kidding yourselves if you think the chiefs can win the superbowl. That defense simply is not enough to overcome this flat offense. This was proven when they lost against the first high powered offense they went up against. Barely being able to score 20 points simply will not cut it in the post season, and Alex smith will not win a game for you guys. Just face reality.