NFL.com says the Kansas City Chiefs still have a major roster hole that needs to be addressed this offseason.
And I think they’re spot on.
Kevin Patra, an NFL writer for NFL.com, pointed out the Chiefs’ pass-rushing unit as an area where Kansas City still needs to improve.
The Chiefs failed to bring back Melvin Ingram, leaving their edge-rushing group thin. As a result, a lot is riding on Frank Clark, who posted just 4.5 sacks last season, miraculously finding his form, and rookie first-rounder George Karlaftis being a home run out of the gate. Even if you believe Karlaftis is legit — I do — that’s a lot of pressure on a rookie. Kansas City ranked 29th in sacks last season with 31. The Chiefs need more help alongside Chris Jones to up that standing in 2022.
There’s been a lot of attention placed on the Chiefs losing wide receiver Tyreek Hill this offseason (who was traded to the Miami Dolphins).
But I think Kansas City’s pass-rushing unit is easily the biggest concern for the Chiefs in 2022.
Kansas City struggled last season to get after the quarterback — especially in the playoffs. The Chiefs only managed one sack against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game this past January. Burrow was sacked 18 times in the other three playoff games he played. If the Chiefs would’ve just had an average pass rush against Cincinnati, they probably beat the Bengals and play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LVI.
The only move the Chiefs made this offseason to improve their pass rush was to select Purdue’s George Karlaftis in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. I think that was a great pick that addresses a key need, but I’m not sure how much he’ll help Kansas City in 2022.
KC would’ve been wise to add a veteran pass rusher in free agency. Instead, they let Melvin Ingram walk and found a way to keep Frank Clark. They’re basically hoping for better results with the same cast of characters. I’m not sure that’s a smart strategy.
Adding someone like Trey Flowers, who is currently a free agent, could be a good move. Flowers isn’t going to be a star, but he could put up seven or eight sacks if he stays healthy. That could be the difference in a win or two for the Chiefs in 2022.
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