The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a great start after wins against two potential playoff teams in the Arizona Cardinals the Los Angeles Chargers.
Kansas City, however, still has a lot of areas where they can improve.
Specifically, ESPN believes the Chiefs need to get better at rushing the quarterback.
Biggest early adjustment: Create more pressure on the pass rush
The Chiefs are 28th in the league in pressures (26.4%), according to NFL Next Gen Stats. But they are seventh in pressure when blitzing (40.9%). Other than Chris Jones, who has two sacks, the Chiefs aren’t getting the job done with their front four. They need the help of sending an extra defender. The Chiefs are 17th in the league in blitz percentage at 24%
There was a lot of talk about the loss of wide receiver Tyreek Hill this offseason and how that would impact the offense.
Kansas City’s pass rush, however, was always the biggest issue the Chiefs were going to have this season.
One of the biggest reasons why Kansas City didn’t reach the Super Bowl last season was because their pass rush couldn’t generate consistent pressure (just one sack against Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in the AFC Championship game).
If the Chiefs are going to win their second Super Bowl with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, they’re going to need to improve their pass rush. If they don’t, they could be sitting at home watching the Super Bowl with the rest of us come February.
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