Kansas City Chiefs 2013 Report Card: The Defense

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Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


The Kansas City Chiefs have finished their season, and the pain of the heart wrenching loss in Indianapolis has faded somewhat. It is time to reflect on the season and appreciate just how special it was going from the team that was so awful last that they had the number one over all pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, to finishing with the third best record in the AFC and making the playoffs.

The offense has already been graded out, and you can get a look at that report card right here.

From 2-14 to 11-5 is an amazing accomplishment. Winning is so much more fun than losing and Kansas City fans are not always accustomed to the Chiefs winning. Despite our frustrations as to how the season ended, the turnaround itself was pretty special.

People can talk about the easy schedule, and getting to play some against some pretty mediocre to bad quarterbacks early on, but teams have no control over that. They can only win the games on the schedule. The Chiefs did that more often than not in 2013, and following a team that is winning, and nit picking over the little things that may not have been perfect, is a whole lot better than what the fans had to endure on the field in 2012.

This team was far from perfect but the Chiefs still won 11 games. That was a pretty good season, but not a great one. There were some serious problems on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the last half of the season, and the playoffs.

Click next to see how the Kansas City Chiefs graded out on defense for the 2013 NFL season.

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