The Kansas City Chiefs‘ biggest weakness last season was easily their pass rush.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was sacked 19 times in the playoffs last season. The Bengals’ offensive line was dreadful, forcing Burrow to run for his life far too often.
Kansas City, however, only sacked Burrow once in the AFC Championship game. If they get to Burrow like the other teams in the playoffs got to him, it’s the Chiefs playing the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl instead of the Bengals.
Unfortunately for KC fans, the Chiefs haven’t done much at all this offseason to improve their pass rush. They didn’t re-sign Melvin Ingram, nor did they add any premier edge rushers in free agency. Instead, their big moves were to draft Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis in the first round and to restructure Frank Clark’s contract, allowing him to stay in Kansas City.
Drafting Karlaftis and keeping Clark were both good moves. But that wasn’t enough considering how porous Kansas City’s pass rush was last season.
The good news is that there’s a move the Chiefs can make that would help solve some of their pass-rushing woes in 2022.
They should sign free agent defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul.
Pierre-Paul isn’t in his prime anymore, but he can still be an effective pass rusher. The former South Florida standout is only two years removed from a Pro-Bowl appearance. He had a bit of a down year last year while missing five games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But when he’s healthy, he’s a player that is going to finish with around 8 to 10 sacks. That’s exactly what the Chiefs need.
And there’s a connection to KC for Pierre-Paul, too. Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo coached Pierre-Paul when they were both with the New York Giants. Pierre-Paul has always been an immensely popular player in the locker room, which would make this signing make even more sense. The Chiefs have a great locker room and they don’t want to bring in someone who will mess up that vibe. Pierre-Paul has a personality that would fit right in.
There are some potential signings that make so much sense they just have to happen. This is one of those signings. The Chiefs would be foolish to not sign Pierre-Paul to at least a one-year deal.
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