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r the Chiefs to make a move in the secondary — but it might not be necessary"It’s likely you already know that with Dee Ford Reggie Ragland Jersey , Chris Jones and Justin Houston, the pass rush was one of the few bright spots on the Chiefs defense in 2018.The unit tied the Pittsburgh Steelers with 52 sacks on the season, which was good for first in the league.But like so many other volume stats, that figure can be misleading.The Chiefs ranked only eighth in sack percentage — that is, the number of sacks divided by the number of passing attempts — at 7.6%.This is because the Chiefs faced 632 pass attempts in 2018 — more than any other team in the league.So while the Chiefs racked up the most sacks, they weren’t the most effective team at getting them; the large number of sacks the Chiefs collected actually said more about the plays their opponents ran than it did about the Chiefs’ ability to get to the quarterback.You can probably already guess why this was the case: with the Chiefs’ high-flying offense behind Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs scored early, fast and often.Opponents were frequently playing from behind — which naturally led to more passing attempts.And that led to more passing yards — another volume stat that tells a misleading picture of the Chiefs defense.The Chiefs allowed 4,374 yards passing in 2018 — 31st in the NFL.Without looking more deeply, someone might easily conclude that the Chiefs secondary was awful.Many fans (and media members) have apparently done just that and reached that conclusion. But the deeper numbers say it wasn’t awful.Even using the traditional (if somewhat flawed) passer rating statistic, you can see this was true.In 2018 Jarvis Jenkins Jersey , the Chiefs defense allowed a passer rating of 92.7 — tied with the Houston Texans for 12th in the league.That’s right: 12th.Not great.Not even good.But solid.And way better than 31st.If your quarterback is Mahomes — whose passer rating was 111.7 in 2018 — that 92.7 opponent passer rating will win you a lot of games.Whatever problems the passer rating statistic may possess — and it has quite a few of them — it does correlate pretty well with winning games.A 19-point differential between your quarterback and your opponent’s will definitely indicate wins are likely — maybe even quite a few of them.Looking at other passing statistics leads to similar conclusions.For the three primary passing yardage statistics — yards per attempt, net yards per passing attempt and adjusted net yards per passing attempt — the Chiefs came in at 7.5 (16th), 6.4 (12th) and 6.3 (12th) respectively.Football Outsiders — whose top-level DVOA statistic ranked the Chiefs defense 26thinstead of 31st — rated the Chiefs pass defense at 4.7%.That’s a bit below average — negative numbers are better than positive ones — and that figure was 12th-best in the league.But what’s even more interesting is what you see when you look at how FO rated the Chiefs passing defense against different types of pass receivers.Chiefs' 2018DVOA Against Receiver TypeWhat this shows is that against first- and second-tier wideouts, the Chiefs actually did very well in 2018 — ranking ninth and fifth against them — but poorly against other types of receivers.This means that in 2018, Chiefs cornerbacks tended to play pretty damn well — certainly better than most people realize — and against the pass, Chiefs safeties and linebackers tended to play poorly.Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty ImagesI’m not going to go through the numbers on run defense.The volume stats are awful, and so are the numbers that provide more context to them.The 2018 Chiefs run defense was just... bad.But with this information in hand, the moves the Chiefs have made in free agency and the draft may come a little more clearly into focus.Moving on from Ford and Houston was probably mostly about creating salary cap space and acquiring players better suited to Spagnuolo’s 4-3 Under scheme — players like Frank Clark, Emmanuel Ogbah and Alex Okafor.In total, these moves should bolster the run defense without a significant drop-off in pass rushing.Eric Berry’s release also freed up space, and created a roster spot for Tyrann Mathieu — a player who is much like Berry was in his prime: a multifaceted safety who can cover and also provide run support.If Veach selected well with Juan Thornhill — which early indications say he did — the Chiefs should have a solid player to pair with Mathieu.But if not Daniel Sorensen Jersey , they’ll have Jordan Lucas, Armani Watts and Daniel Sorensen from whom to choose.Since the Chiefs haven’t made big moves at linebacker, you could conclude the team is satisfied with the linebacker corps as it stands for the 4-3 scheme — or that another move might be yet to come.But the relative lack of inactivity at cornerback might now make more sense than it did when you started reading this article.In essence, the Chiefs have replaced Steven Nelson with Bashaud Breeland at cornerback.They could conceivably stand pat with Kendall Fuller and Breeland as starters without seeing a significant drop-off in coverage — especially with the Honey Badger now on the field — and still have players like Charvarius Ward, Keith Reaser or Rashad Fenton backing them up.We can’t say with certainty that the Chiefs aren’t planning a big move to acquire another player in the secondary; one thing we’ve learned about Brett Veach is that he is unpredictable.But what the data shows is that the defensive secondary might be in better shape than we have imagined — or at the very least, the Chiefs may see it as the part of the defense that doesn’t need further attention.The Chiefs could do nothing, and be just fine. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have much time between the moment Kareem Hunt walked off the practice field to the moment they boarded an airplane without him for their trip to Oakland.It was about 24 hours in all.Yet the stunning downfall of their top running back hardly set the Chiefs back when they ultimately took the field against the Raiders on Sunday.Spencer Ware performed well starting in Hunt’s place, the Chiefs piled up 178 yards rushing — their second most all season — and Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the offense had another big game in a 40-33 victory that was never that close.“In this league it moves fast. You have to make sure you’re ready for every single week,” Mahomes said. “I was glad to get back on the football field. We had been on a bye week after a loss, so to get out here and get a win against a team that you’ve had a historic rivalry with is always a good win.”Especially given the circumstances.The Chiefs had just concluded their final practice Friday when TMZ Sports posted the video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February. In short order Harrison Butker Jersey , Hunt was sent home from the facility, placed on the NFL’s exempt list, summoned back to the facility and ultimately released.The move was as swift as it was stunning. And for many teams preparing to face a rival on the road, even one that has struggled as much as the Raiders, it could have been difficult to overcome.Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he never considered that an option.“You guys know me well enough that I’m not going to let certain things slide. I’m going to address them when they need to be addressed,” Reid said during a conference call Monday. “And then I bank on my locker room and the strength of my locker room, and they really stepped up on this.”The Chiefs (10-2) didn’t have time to alter their game plan, so they basically stuck with it with Ware in the backfield. The only problem is that Ware only took about 10 percent of the first-team reps in practice last week, and backups Damien Williams and Darrel Williams took precisely none.Yet with an assist from Mahomes, who scrambled for 52 yards, the Chiefs still did enough on the ground to keep the Oakland defense honest. That in turn allowed for Mahomes to throw for 295 yards and four touchdowns without an interception Demarcus Robinson Jersey , his seventh game with at least four TD passes this season.“I mean, that’s my brother,” Ware said of Hunt, “but the men in this circle, the men in the locker room, the organization, we all have one goal. That’s to win a Super Bowl. So we have to stay distraction-free and I don’t have anything else to say about that.”Reid acknowledged Monday that general manager Brett Veach had brought in a couple of running backs to provide depth. They ended up signing Charcandrick West, who is familiar with the system having spent several seasons with the Chiefs before getting cut in training camp.Yet the bulk of the carries will belong to Ware, who was supposed to be the starter last year before a knee injury in the preseason landed him on injured reserve.And lest anyone think there will be a major drop-off, consider that Ware’s career average of 4.6 yards per carry is only a tenth-of-a-yard less than that of Hunt, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is just as potent.“He’s been doing it for a while now Sammy Watkins Jersey ,” said tight end Travis Kelce, who had 168 yards receiving and two TD catches against Oakland.“He’s been a staple of this organization since he’s been here. He’s worked his tail off to be in the position that he is in. And he got back from an injury last year that set him back. He wasn’t allowed to be a part of what we were doing last year.”He figures to be a big part of what the Chiefs hope is a Super Bowl push this year.“The mindset of this team is whenever you get your opportunity, you make the most of it,” Mahomes said. “I feel like every single game someone else steps up. We kept our mind on that and playing football, the game we have loved since we were little kids, to keep this season going.”

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