If only the Chiefs had a defense in 2018. Or, perhaps, if only Patrick Mahomes was allowed to touch the ball in overtime.
Well, if Kansas City’s defense did its job, Mahomes would have had a chance versus the Patriots in the AFC Championship game.
Rules aside, it would have been wonderful to watch a Bears and Chiefs Super Bowl — an elite defense versus an all-world offense. Those are the kinds of matchups fans crave.
But despite boasting a league-leading 52 sacks in 2018, the Chiefs still surrendered the second most yardage in the entire NFL last season. This unit had all kinds of problems defending against the run. And when the pass rush couldn’t get home, now-fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s secondary couldn’t handle the load.
And with EDGE Dee Ford possibly leaving via free agency, Kansas City will need its offense to pick up where it left off last year, bailing out the defense all the while.
K.C. would be wise to literally invest every one of its NFL Draft picks on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Re-signing Ford would be a smart move, too, as pass-rushers are nearly as vital as quarterbacks.
At least Mahomes and the offense provided more than enough entertainment for everyone across the league.