Pro Football Focus ranked the Kansas City Chiefs as the ninth-best roster in the National Football League.
PFF debuted its 2016 rankings for each of the 32 NFL rosters on Monday morning, and the Chiefs came in ninth. Within the AFC West, Kansas City checked in behind the Oakland Raiders (7th) but ahead of the Denver Broncos (11th) and San Diego Chargers (22nd).
So my beef? PFF states that the five best players on the team are Jamaal Charles, Mitch Schwartz, Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson.
With all due respect to Hali and Schwartz, no reasonable person has them ahead of Jeremy Maclin, Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters or Eric Berry. Heck, you could argue that Dontari Poe should be in the top five.
Schwartz has an argument because some believe he’s the best right tackle in football, but Hali is not who he once was. Certainly he is still an impact player and one of the top players in terms of pressing the quarterback, but is he better than Maclin at this stage? Nope.
Also, the Broncos and Chiefs both have much better rosters than Oakland. Look, the Raiders are much improved and deserve to be given credit, but come on. The Raiders have some very nice players at the top of the depth chart (as do Kansas City and Denver) but the depth isn’t anywhere close to the Broncos and Chiefs.
Denver and Kansas City have both shown the ability to take on injuries and keep winning. If the Raiders lose Khalil Mack and and Sean Smith for any extended time, it’s all over. In addition, Oakland has holes throughout the starting lineup, mostly up the middle on defense. The offense is good, but who is the tight end? The tackles are decent but are they great? Nope.
PFF does a decent job of quantifying players and teams, but with the Chiefs, it always seems to miss the mark one way or the other.