The Kansas City Chiefs made a big mistake this week that could cost them come playoff time.
Kansas City is off to an impressive 2-0 start via wins over the Arizona Cardinals and the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Chiefs’ quick start has silenced some of the critics from the offseason that thought this KC team was about to take a step back.
There’s still one issue, however, that Kansas City needs to figure out — their pass rush has to be better.
Through two games this season, the Chiefs have five sacks. That’s not awful — it’s middle of the pack in the NFL.
What’s not good for Kansas City is that they’re 28th in the NFL in pressures according to Next Gen Stats. That number suggests that the Chiefs are going to struggle throughout the season to get to the quarterback (especially since most of their pressure has some from blitzing).
The Chiefs could’ve made a strong addition to their pass rush by signing veteran defender Jason Pierre-Paul.
But instead, Kansas City watched as Pierre-Paul signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens this week.
Pierre-Paul would’ve been a perfect addition for the Chiefs.
While he’s no longer a dominant force like he was early in his career with the New York Giants (he had 16.5 sacks in 2011), he can still be a consistent threat to get to the quarterback.
JPP has averaged 9.5 sacks every 16 games over the last four years of his career. He could’ve been an extremely valuable part of the Chiefs’ defense.
And he would’ve fit right in, too.
Current Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was Pierre-Paul’s defensive coordinator with the Giants from 2015 to 2017.
The big reason why the Chiefs didn’t reach the Super Bowl last season was because they couldn’t get to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in the AFC Championship game (they sacked him just once while he was sacked 18 times in Cincy’s other three playoff games).
Kansas City had a chance to make sure that same scenario doesn’t happen again this season. And they blew it. We’ll see in a few months how much they regret that decision.
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