The 5 biggest surprises for the Kansas City Chiefs so far
Secondary to none
If you’d have asked any Chiefs fan before the season started what the biggest question mark on the team was, they’d have told you the secondary. Specifically, they would have said the cornerback position.
The Chiefs chose not to use a draft pick on a corner, and instead went in on another older, seasoned, not great free agent through the signing of Bashaud Breeland. That left the team with Breeland, Fuller, second year man Charvarius Ward, and a hodgepodge of younger, less experienced players to hold down the fort. It was pretty scary.
Instead, the unit has been the strongest of the entire defense. Led by veteran free agent newcomer Tyrann Mathieu, the secondary unit has more than held up their end of the bargain. Ward has been one of the best corners in football, Breeland has been a serviceable number two, Fuller is playing better back in the slot, and rookie Rashad Fenton has looked like a diamond in the rough playing in Fuller’s absence. Rookie Juan Thornhill took a couple of games to get acclimated to the NFL game, but has since been as good as advertised and veteran safety Daniel Sorenson has been his normal, steady, strong-against-the-run self.
The secondary has been so good, in fact, that according to Football Outsiders, the team boasts the fourth best secondary against the pass in all of football, by DVOA. That is really good for a team that ranked 31st against the pass last year.