Are some players hitting the wall in 2021?
Bill Belichick was always known for being the sort of heartless coach/GM who traded away talented players before they were officially used up in order to not have to watch them suddenly hit the wall while on his roster. Former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was known as the opposite, a talented drafter who would often keep players around for longer than he should have.
At this point, we’re wondering if a couple players are in that same sort of zone of having the league catch up to them in a way that makes them a negative asset on the field—or at least replaceable by someone behind them or not yet on the roster.
Specifically, it seems a worthwhile endeavor at this point to have the Chiefs make a couple moves, if we’re cool with the “learning curve” at multiple positions. We’ve already discussed the need for more of Juan Thornhill, but at the same time, we also need to cast some doubt on Dan Sorensen, who seems like perhaps his time has come.
In addition, Alex Okafor is another name here who is older and part of a defensive front that is not getting the job done. The team is not setting the edge defensively, nor are they getting after the passer. The Chiefs flirted with other options before deciding to re-sign Okafor for another year when it was clear they needed some additional veteran help. However, we question how much is left in the tank.
On the bench, the Chiefs have a project in Joshua Kaindoh who has the measurables to be taken in the fourth round despite little-to-no production in college. If someone is going to be ineffective in the present, at least make it the kid with the unknown ceiling who could use the reps.