Where do Kansas City Chiefs rank on Pro Football Focus?
Nov 30, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) celebrates after scoring during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos won 29-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Pro Football Focus is a good website to learn about football. It gives us a bevy of statistics about the team and individual performances for each game and season, grading almost every movement. While PFF does not tell the entire story, it helps us grasp how some of the Kansas City Chiefs are performing in comparison to the rest of the NFL.
Let’s run down some of Kansas City’s starters, and see where each ranked from last season.
Alex Smith – 16th of 39 (+2.5 grade)
This feels about right. Smith is a good, solid quarterback but definitely not elite. Surprisingly, Smith was actually dinged on his run grade, falling into the negative grades.
Anthony Sherman – 1st of 23 (+9.3)
Sherman is the best fullback in football, and PFF supports that notion. Sherman is rated +2.9 ahead of anybody else at the position in 2014, and somehow wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl or All-Pro team. However, he was rewarded with a nice, new contract. How’s that trade of Javier Arenas for Sherman looking now?
Jamaal Charles – 13th of 57 (+5.0)
This is laughable. How Charles, who catches, runs and blocks, is rated below C.J. Anderson, Steven Jackson, Jonathan Stewart and Branden Oliver, I’ll never know. Charles is, at minimum, a top-3 back, if not the best. It should be noted that missing games hurts you, because the grades are cumulative.
**Knile Davis is ranked as the worst running back in football, getting a -14.2 grade.
Nov 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) catches a touchdown pass against Houston Texans defensive back Andre Hal (29) during the first half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Maclin – 14th of 110 (+9.1)
This seems about right. Maclin is one of the best receivers in the game and is graded as such. Maclin gets sandwiched between Mike Evans and A.J. Green. The Chiefs’ big addition ranks much higher than any Kansas City receiver last year, with Dwayne Bowe coming in 45th.
Travis Kelce – 4th of 67 (+11.6)
This seems a tad high. Kelce was a terrific weapon in 2014, but he also had fumbling issues and didn’t play all that much early on. Kelce is a rising star in the league, but he needs to refine parts of his game.
Eric Fisher – 72nd of 84 (-17.5)
Fisher has been disappointing, but I feel he’s probably around an average tackle. However, Fisher has games where he gets beaten for 60 minutes, so it’s understandable. If Fisher doesn’t step up in 2015, he will justifiably be labeled a bust.
With the First Pick
Zach Fulton – 64th of 78 (-14.6)
This seems fair. Fulton started to play much better toward the end of the season, but the struggle was real for a majority of the campaign. The last five weeks of 2014, Fulton graded out at +0.1, so there is something to build off.
Ben Grubbs – 35th of 78 (-0.1)
Grubbs gets graded as average, and I strongly disagree. A few months ago, I broke down film of Grubbs and found him to be athletic and strong in both the run and pass game. I believe that in Andy Reid’s system, Grubbs will be a top guard in 2015.
Next: Moving onto the defense