Five moves that propelled the KC Chiefs to Super Bowl LIV
3. Trading in a Ford
It is rare when teams let go of premium pass rushers during the prime of their careers, but Veach’s decision to trade Dee Ford to (ironically) the San Francisco 49ers and then trade for Seattle’s Frank Clark will go down as one of the best offseason moves in Kansas City history.
This was not obvious for the first half (or more) of the season. Clark (admittedly) played hurt for much of the regular season. But fast forward through most of the first 10 weeks and you can see why the Chiefs made the move that they did to acquire Clark.
Not only is Clark a superior pass rusher to Ford, but he is one of the best run stopping defensive ends in football.
The third element that made the Clark trade so important was the attitude that he brings to the defense. The edge, the callout out of Derrick Henry, the nonstop motor—Clark is a game-changing, outspoken leader-with-attitude that Kansas City desperately needed.
In conjunction with safety Tyrann Mathieu, Clark has radically altered the defense in Kansas City and has played a tremendous part in moving the Chiefs in to Super Bowl LIV.