Nov 3, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; The Buffalo Bills offense lines up against the Kansas City Chiefs defense during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Chiefs beat the Bills 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Defense Will Win a Championship for the Kansas City Chiefs (Or at Least a Playoff Game)


Defense wins championships. Next to “It’s not the X’s and O’x, it’s the Jimmy’s and Joe’s”, that is my favorite football cliché. Football is a gritty game that has evolved from being just a contact sport into being a collision sport. Even with all the new rules in place implemented for player safety, football is still a violent game and that is most seen on the defensive side of the ball. While quarterbacks put up big numbers and corners are barely allowed to breathe on receivers, defense is still nearly 50% of the game.

Although most teams in the NFL are now trending towards that big time gunslinger quarterback who throws 40+ times a game, teams are figuring out how to combat it. While those quarterbacks had an incredible run of eye dropping years, placing multiple quarterbacks in the span of a few seasons somewhere high up on the list of most passing yards in a season, their effect is becoming somewhat diminished. Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense was incredible to watch for 14 weeks of the regular season, with their multitude of illegal pick routes, but it still wasn’t enough to allow for him to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

In fact, the reigning Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks did not have the high-powered offense that seems to be rampaging the NFL. The Seahawks scored 417 points last year: 13 LESS than our own Kansas City Chiefs. Let that sink in. With all of our offense woes and the complaints throughout the season of “no deep ball”, we still scored more points than the Super Bowl champs.

While both the Chiefs and Seahawks didn’t put up astronomical numbers in the regular season, they fared just fine come playoff time. Apparently the Chiefs played in the Wild Card round and scored 44 points (I say apparently because I honestly can’t remember that game that people have mentioned. It must have been bad, because I have a huge mental block on it in my head). And you all know the Seahawks trounced the donkeys 43-8. And while not all of the Seahawks points came off of offense, their offense was still dominant in that game.

Again, yet another similarity between the two teams is their offensive focal point. While Russell Wilson is developing into a great quarterback, it’s hard to argue that Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch isn’t their centerpiece for the offense at the moment. Racking up over 1500 total yards last year along with 14 touchdowns, Lynch proved to be a consistent option to continue to ease Wilson into a larger role. Hmm, a back who catches passes out of the backfield and is a solid runner, who the team uses as the focus of their offense. Don’t know where I’ve seen that, but dog gone it, it seems awful familiar.

Keep in mind, I’m not saying the Chiefs are at the level of the Seahawks yet. The Seahawks roster is incredibly stout on both sides of the ball. Their entire defense is ferocious, and some of their offensive weapons fly slightly under the radar, such as Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. On top of that, their team is mostly young, and still has room to grow.

However, I am saying that the Seahawks are an excellent model for what the Chiefs need to do to win a playoff game, and ultimately a championship. And I feel as if we are on the right track to do something like that. If you’ve followed us here at Arrowhead Addict at all the past few weeks, there have been some incredible articles about the offense. Basically, our tight end situation seems, at this point, to be fairly solid and will provide Alex Smith with more options over the middle. At receiver, all hope isn’t lost with Jenkins and Hemingway, as they are both young and either could develop into another good receiving option. And of course, everyone loves talking about De’Anthony Thomas, the speedster who has a chance to make a huge impact both on special teams and at receiver for us. If you haven’t been up to date with the site this past month or so, I strongly recommend you scroll through and give some of these articles a look through.

Offensively, we have the tools to be successful. Will the 2014-2015 Chiefs rewrite the record books? Most likely not. The team isn’t built for that, and that’s not have Reid’s philosophy works. I do think the offense will be more than good enough to put us in position to win games. All that relies on after that is the most important factor for this team, the defense.

In that dreadful playoff game, we had a 38-10 lead. I’ll do the math for you, that is a 28 point lead. 4 touchdowns along with the extra points. And yet we blew it. I’m not going to go into the why, except to state the obvious: That is on the defense. Sure, the offense could have put up a few more points here and there, but a 28 point lead? I mean come on, that’s something you should be able to hold onto, and we flat-out couldn’t.

While I am still bitter about that, this article is about how our defense can take us to the next level, and I firmly believe that. While we aren’t as deep as Seattle is, the Chiefs do have a number of solid players all throughout the defense. The secondary was a concern last year that has carried over to this year, but for now let’s say that they perform at an adequate level. Our linebackers have improved with the addition of Dee Ford, and the defensive line is once again solid, and was even upgraded some in free agency. The pieces are all there for our defense to hold strong against the new age offensive assault of the NFL.

While the Seahawks’ secondary was incredible with the combination of Sherman, Browner, Thomas, and Chancellor, the Chiefs’ aren’t there at the moment, and are going to have to rely on something else to disrupt passing games. What better way to do that than to make sure the quarterback doesn’t have time to pass? With Dee Ford now in the mix, we have two proven pass rushers to get after the quarterback, along with a third one to learn and grow while getting his chance to shine in certain situations. Sutton was praised early on in his time here for the variety of ways he got after the quarterback, and I look for that to continue with this group of pass rushers.

All in all, as much fun as it is to speculate on the future of Alex Smith and how DAT will fit into the offense, those aren’t the most urgent factors for the success of this team. We need to improve our defense in some way, shape, or form if we want to compete. Our offense has shown that they can handle themselves in the big game, and our defense needs to do the same.

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  • trinity

    That’s a safe bet, because it definitely won’t be this offense as it is now

  • micah stephenson

    We gone have to win it with defense. Last yr 10-0 when holding teams @ 17 pts or less. 1-5 when giving up more than 17.

    • trinity

      Great point. if the defense can help Alex out immensely, there’s a chance for a playoff victory

      • Chris Tarrants

        What are you two clowns gonna have to whine about next year after Smith throws for 4,000 yards 30 td’s with 8 ints? That’s my prediction right here right now. I honestly don’t understand why you guys think he is so bad? The man can play ball! Is he Peyton manning? No. Is he Tim Tebow? Absolutely not. He falls somewhere in between. He is OUR guy at the moment, get used to it. Stop all the hate, be a fan and root for this entire team for gods sake

        • micah stephenson

          I do root for the entire team, but it will b hard to convince me to settle for just avg at QB.

          • Andy

            Average is looking pretty dam good. We haven’t had average since Green, and he never won a playoff game,

          • micah stephenson

            Avg is looking good is the type of attitude that permits the Chiefs to never attempt to sign/draft/develope an Elite/above avg QB. The Chiefs know they can just keep trotting out Cassels and Smiths, and winning 8-9 games a yr and the fans will b ok with that.

          • pestcontrol

            Ummm you are a fucking idiot! Your not a chiefs FAN! You been sucking donkey dick since the day you got shit into this world!

          • micah stephenson

            I must have hit a nerve. The truth hurts, don’t it?

          • Andy

            Also, Smith didn’t give up 40+ points to Indy. We scored 40 without Charles and little TE help. If Bowe did not drop that first down pass, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

          • micah stephenson

            Uh…who said anything about the indy game.

          • Chris Tarrants

            We don’t have any other option. I was with you on the whole Geno thing but that ship has sailed, Smith is our QB so we might as well roll with it. He isn’t a world bearer but he is steady and dependable.

          • micah stephenson

            Geno is so two years ago. Now Bridgewater, Menziel, and Carr is so last month. I want to see what Murray can do. If he ain’t the answer, mayby we draft a guy next yr.

          • Andy

            So Geno was your elite QB? You just lost all credibility with me.

          • micah stephenson

            Never said he was elite. I’d rather draft and develope than keep using other teams thrash. Geno should pass up ASS11 in production this yr.

        • micah stephenson

          You do know Smith has never thrown for more than about 3300 yards in a season. Why do you think after dam near ten yrs he morphs into a 4000 yard passer? Is it becuase its 2nd yr in the same system? That will help some but not so much that ASS11 will pass for that many yards.

        • trinity

          What in the world makes you think he’s going to do that? You do realize it took him almost 10 years to throw for 20 touchdowns right?

          • Chris Tarrants

            I just have a feeling, write this on your calendar that on this date, well actually yesterday’s date. That I said he would hit 4000 and 30, remember it because I will sure as hell find the first blog I can and remind you.

          • trinity

            Lol I’ll keep you in mind Chris, definitely.

          • Suzi Conger

            you do realize that Smith was thrown into SF trash coaching and management for 6 yrs,,,don’t you? Everybody that knows anything about football knows that,,, (PS…your number of years is off) Oh, yeah, snort… only people that are intelligent about football rudiments would understand; sorry, leaves you out :-)

            Saw an interesting article recently; Smith put up more offensive points (36 pts/game ave) in second half of season than any other nfl QB = #1 (including pay-a-ton). If Chiefs Defense points allowed per game average were applied to ck7′s points per game ave (second half of season), SF would not have made the play-offs…IOW, SF’s Defense gets them deep into the playoffs and carries ck7. (ck7 has elite OLine, receivers and Defense, Smith has bottom tier receivers, OLine and second half of season average defense) Same holds true for RWilson; if he had Chiefs defense, Hawks would not have had the number of wins and/or SB berth.

            ck7 still could not pull off 13-3 last season to equal Smith’s ’11 season, I notice, lol….even though ck7 has the bennie of additional team-player upgrades since ’11…surely this season the Defense and Receivers can work hard(er) enough to carry ck7 to more wins and SB. SF has sent ck7 to 3 (!!!) special QB ‘schools’ in the last year !!, AND just hired an additional QB consultant…WOW talk about coddle-ing and pampering!! Whew.. harb will never admit that he benched/traded the superior QB

          • trinity

            Yes, I’m so without intelligence and such a waste of time, yet you keep amusing me with these novels you write me lol. Sure Suzie, sure. Now to reply to the little i did trouble myself with reading….kaepernick has failed to post the same win total high that Alex did. Hmm. You mean that year that Alex “wowed” us all with a whopping, amazing total of an entire 17 touchdowns in 16 games? Oh boy! Yeah, he really showed all of us. Lol that probably went over your head, so let me point out that that was sarcasm. Since kaepernick took over, all he knows is destroying the green bay packers, NFC championship games, and superbowl. All while still in development. His team is consistently a top 2 or 3 team. Meanwhile, your Alex “led” team is looking up at quite a few squads. And second, superior quarterback according to who Suzie? Lol certainly not the PFF you swear by, because you and I both know that isn’t true :). On that note, let me steer you towards an article. Since i bet you don’t know lol. PFF and ESPN just teamed up to do roster rankings. Very in depth as always. Spoiler, the Kansas city chiefs are 10th and the 49ers are 2nd. What they did was broke down and graded every player on each starting lineup. The players can either be graded elite, very good, good, average, poor, rookie, or not enough information to sum up the grading quickly. Kaepernick rated 1 step below elite in the very good category. Can you guess what your PFF rated Alex?? AVERAGE at his position as I’ve said all along. Hahahahahahahaha :D. As the PFF “expert”, you have seen it right? Lmao look it up if you want to honey :).

          • Suzi Conger

            lol, hahahahahaha,,,yes you are amusing. I’m looking at one of your previous fiction novels ( in which you say that you are not going to read my (reply) posts, much less respond ?*@#*!! lol ) you really do seem to have a memory and comprehension problem… I feel sorry for you :-) As usual you ignore my valid comments, don’t address the issues, and get off on a rambling tangent.

            Your sarcasm illustrates your ignorance. Geeez I highly recommend you enrolling in some Logical and Critical Thinking, English Comprehension, and Memory Retention courses…you can’t even remember that you were ‘not going to read your posts’

            ‘honey’…wow, you must be about 80yrs old,,,still living in the dark ages trinny? I’ve been showing your fiction novel posts to several of my 9er friends (I live in the Bay Area) and you’ve been providing us with some amusing laughs, thank you :-) They say ” Whoa he’s no 9er, too ignorant and embarrassing” Hey trinny Troll, why do you write your fiction novels at a Chiefs site?…Enroll in some constructive classes; you’ll be too busy to troll…Be true to your word; don’t read and/or reply ;-)

        • micah stephenson

          I wonder is DAT playing wr or check down back? I hope Kelce is a lot better than Fasano. Fasano good a sit n the zone for 5 yard catches but he not a vertical threat. I’m hoping Kelce can tear up the deep middle.

        • berttheclock

          er, Chris, you are responding to a non Chiefs fan. He lives in Louisiana and is a Niners fan. He only slithers out from under a rock to come here and present his usual Anti-Alex Smith drool. as far as micah, I have not a clue as to what he really is, but, he knows very little about football and has never learned how to converse in the English language.

          • micah stephenson

            F**k you. I just want to win. When yall was bitchin about Matt Cassel, I didn’t talk about yall. I pretty much like the whole team, just want upgrades at QB, wr, and TE. If you love ASA11 and Fasano and crew, that’s your right. I want more. A person wants more cus he wants to win not lose. I know waaay more about football than you think I know. I could build and coach a team better than you could, that’s for dam sure. If I don’t know english, what language am I using wise guy?

          • pestcontrol

            Ass hole language! Lol

        • A1 Yola

          Smith isn’t going to throw for 4,000 because they have JC! Throwing the ball is option 2 on this team. Especially now, since KD showed some flashes last year. Run to setup the pass. AS11 will get most of His yardage from YAC!

          • Chris Tarrants

            Well in 15 games last year Smith threw for 3317/23. That’s with the slow start to the season and missing week 16. Jamaal Charles was our offense last season and he still put up those numbers, what makes you think he can’t hit 4000 if he comes out of the gates swinging and plays all 16 games?

          • A1 Yola

            Because He has JC and Knile Davis. And because He won’t throw deep unless he has to.

          • Chris Tarrants

            He doesn’t have to throw it deep very often, that’s not how the west coast works. As you said above he lives off of YAC, like I said earlier this is just my gut feeling that he cracks 4000. If and when he does I will be on here reminding every detractor on here that I called it on this day in June

    • mnelson52

      I think you left out the part where Alex lead them to an average of 32 points per game in the last half of the season, which would win most games if the defense played well. He also did this with the receivers that you said you don’t have much trust in. Or was it you said not optimistic about?

      • micah stephenson

        If I did mention that they scored more points in the 2nd half of the season, I’d also have to mention that they played some of the worst pass defenses, worst overall defenses, and some banged up defenses the 2nd half. O and by the way most the teams in the lg score more pts the 2nd half of the season than they do they 1st half.

  • micah stephenson

    I like JC and Bowe but with the ASS11 to Avery, Fasano, Dressler, and what’s that other guys name, o yea Jenkins, forgive me if I’m not to optimistic about the offense.

    • Chris Tarrants

      I feel you on the Avery, Fasano, and Dressler part, but I will feel great when I see Charles, Bowe, DAT, Davis and every other TE not named Fasano take the field. This offense has a lot more fire power than anybody gives then credit for. Our problem last year was keeping everyone on the field at the same time.

  • tm1946

    And I thought the current roster was all set for the big run….. guess not.

  • Stan

    Well the 2 idiots are at it again.

  • Reggie Flenory

    Why must we continue to bring up that dam colts game!!!!

    • trinity

      Agreed. moral victories don’t mean a damn thing.

      • Reggie Flenory

        U got dam right homie f a moral victory lmao

    • Andy

      What colts game?

      • Reggie Flenory

        LMAO I LIKE DAT BRUH LMAO!!!!! #WhatColtsGame

    • berttheclock

      That Colts game is what Dorsey concentrated on in the draft.

  • Calchiefsfan

    Down the stretch and in the playoff game Smith and the offense did their job. It was clearly the D that failed. If Reid, Sutton and Dorsey have solved the free safety and pass rush issues then the Chiefs will be going to the playoffs again this year.

  • Andy

    One item missing from the article is… What if we have the pieces, but Sutton fails to adjust ? (In my opinion, like last year) I still blame Sutton for the playoff loss. He did not adequately compensate for, well a 28 point lead. You look in the Defense’s eyes and say ‘ just don’t let them get behind you’ .

    • A1 Yola

      For some reason, He’s getting a pass?! I love it when the defense takes a TO. It makes the opposing offense rethink what they wanna do. It also halts opposing teams momentum.

  • Pat Cannon

    Where did this writer come from? This is a ballin’ article. Love it.

  • Edmond Dantes

    Part of the reason you keep bringing up the playoff game is added motivation. Ask the San Antonio Spurs how thinking about losing in the postseason or should i say collapsing can motivate a fire under you and you come back hungrier and stronger for next season. The chiefs will be in contention again only if we stay relatively healthy on both sides of the ball but that depends on depth. If Bailey/Ford/(insert 3rd guy) can spell or add to Houston/Hali it’ll make our defense that much better. We need a better season from Sean Smith. He constantly failed to turn around for the football and had he done that last year year after looking at the tape he could’ve had at least an additional 4 interceptions. We can use 4 more interceptiions. I think Cooper makes strides in his second season. He has the best physical makeup in terms of size(6’2) speed(Id say he is our second fastest corner) and upside(Still only 24 years old and will be for all of 2014) The offense is the least of my worries save Charles getting hurt. Although the playoff game showed Alex is capable of taking over a game regardless of circumstances.I trust Andy Reid/Smith to get it done

    • A1 Yola

      Smith does have technique issues. He needs to study His trade more and He could be a force.

  • A1 Yola

    With all the personnel going after the QB, I hope the back-end holds up! Expect alot of quick throws and rub routes like last year! Have they found out how to properly defend the rub routes they’ll surely see from the Donks?!

  • berttheclock

    Good points about the Seahawks, but, Browner was out the last part of the season. The Seahawks replaced him very well. Also, you did not mention the great work of their nickle back, Walter Thurmond, who really shut down the slot receivers of the Broncos. However, one other thing Schneider did was to beef up his front four when he signed Avril as a FA. That gave them the pass rushing strength and he was the one who hit Manning.

    • mnelson52

      It would be nice if we could find someone to play D-line that could force another double team beside Poe. That would improve our pass rush immensely, not to mention blocking up running lanes.

      • berttheclock

        I would love to see Kyle be able to step into NT on occasion and move Poe to DE. There would be a log jam on whatever side Poe was placed in trying stop both Poe and the OLB playing behind him. But, have you read the comments by DeVito about his new diet and lifting which has shifted his weight. More muscle, less fat and he expects to be able to rush more.

        • mnelson52

          Yes, and he also said Catapano has made a giant leap this year. He has put on weight, but it’s the right weight. He is bigger, stronger, and getting off the ball very fast. He said Catapano made that kind of leap quicker than he did. To me that sounds very promising.

          • Chuck Burrell

            Wouldn’t that be a dream come true

  • berttheclock

    With the addition of Dee Ford of whom fans will see a great deal this coming season, the pass rush will improve. But, I still wonder if Dorsey has considered bringing in Quentin Groves, the OLB who was just cut by the Browns. His ankle is healing and he does possess outside pass rushing speed. More of adding depth. I have read about the Steelers, possibly, giving him a call. He, originally, left the Cardinals to help the DC with the Browns install the 3-4, last season. For some reason, he fell out of favor with Pettine and Farmer released him without trying to get anything of value for him.

    • A1 Yola

      Linebackers are like shortstops to me. They play contain, but when they are not in position, thing can get ugly. The pass rush should come from the D-Line, that way the LB’s can focus on the RB and TE. And Batting down passes!

      • berttheclock

        Yes, you are correct about the 4-3. But, in the 3-4, the rush comes mainly from the LBs.

        • Nick the Kick

          I have never ever understood why DJ isn’t used more often as a blitzer. I hope Sutton uses more of the 3-3-5 D which has been successful with both Ryan brothers and the Jets, Saints, and Cowboys teams have nothing like the pass rush talent we have now. If our coverage holds up we should lead the league in sacks in 2014.

  • Hawthorne

    Barring injuries, it’s on Sutton this year. Too many good players on this D to get tore up like we did last year.