ESPN’s Ryan Clark throws shade on KC Chiefs defense

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 03: Kenneth Gainwell #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field on October 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 03: Kenneth Gainwell #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field on October 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Ryan Clark retired from the NFL six seasons ago. If you ask him today, he believes he might be able to help the Kansas City Chiefs defense.

Of course, Clark was joking when he posted on Twitter that he was planning his comeback with the Chiefs, but he was right on point when discussing the fact that the Chiefs defense has looked abysmal in these first four weeks of the regular season. Through four games, the Chiefs are a surprising 2-2 and have lost important games against the Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens, all because the defense couldn’t stop anyone.

Coming into the season, there was a lot of preseason hype (and hope) in the defense to turn the corner with so much youth. The defensive line looked deeper than ever with the addition of Jarran Reed and the abundance of young players. The secondary had former first round picks in Deandre Baker and Mike Hughes to put alongside guys like Tyrann Mathieu and L’Jarius Sneed. The Chiefs also had two high picks at linebacker for the first time in years.

ESPN’s Ryan Clark has decided maybe he could help the Chiefs by coming out of retirement.

Unfortunately things haven’t played out that way so far in 2021. Guys are missing tackles and assignments. Older guys look very old and everyone looks slow. Even the fundamentals are missing as tackling is poor and communication is worse. Hence the reason why Clark posted this on Sunday afternoon during the Chiefs win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Clark’s point that he’s “super washed” but could still help the Chiefs is a funny joke (unless you’re a Chiefs fan, because then all you can do is nod and continue to cry). However, he’s also telling the truth. “Every able body deserves a proper look” is a fair statement. At this point, the Chiefs can’t pretend that one player coming back from injury is suddenly going to make everyone faster, better, and more mentally sharp than before.

Yes, the Chiefs will get Charvarius Ward back in the secondary. They’ll also welcome Willie Gay at linebacker and Frank Clark from a couple games missed up front due to a hamstring. But the Chiefs played horrible with two of those guys already in the lineup to start the season and there are needs beyond that.

How will the coaching staff respond? Will the players step up? Can we expect a move from general manager Brett Veach? We’re not sure what’s going on, but everyone knows that changes need to be made, and now even ESPN commentators are jumping into the mix.

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