Chiefs roster evaluation: Cornerbacks exceed all expectations
What we learned
The ultimate takeaway from the 2019 season on defense has to be the changes in the coaching staff. From Spagnuolo to all of the positional coaches Kansas City brought in, it made an incredible difference. Even when injuries were adding up, the coaching staff had inexperienced young talent elevating their game.
There were plenty of speculations surrounding Spagnuolo when the Chiefs hired him to take over the defense. His ability to adjust his scheme to the personnel was a breath of fresh air. He continuously altered his gameplans to take away what opposing offenses wanted to do.
Even when the Chiefs lost starting free safety Juan Thornhill just before the postseason, the cornerbacks stepped up. Fuller helped the back end of the defense rotating back, elevating Fenton into the considerable playing time. The group played physical against the top receivers in the league.
While Fuller didn’t amount to his high expectations when he came over from Washington, he was a massive contributor to the Super Bowl victory. The group stepped up, proving that they could take away weapons of opposing offenses leading to coverage sacks consistently throughout the playoffs.
Cornerback is one of the most critical positions in the NFL, but the Chiefs won the Super Bowl without spending much at the position. They found a way to get their guys into a position to succeed and came out on top. None of the cornerbacks on the roster were lockdown corners, but they were enough to get stops to allow the offense to come back in every playoff game.