Oct 26, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe (92) congratulates defensive end Allen Bailey (97) after Bailey
Here are two facts about the 2014 Chiefs’ defense:
- It gave up the fewest points last season in the AFC since the 2011 Baltimore Ravens.
- No team scored 30 points against them in one game.
That was against a second-place schedule, and included games against the Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers — and Broncos and Chargers twice — which is no small task.
And this offseason?
All they have done is hold on to each key player, add a stud corner in the first round of the draft and welcome back injured starters Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson.
Yes, the Justin Houston contract/holdout situation is troubling, but he hopefully will be back in the fold at some point.
Dontari Poe should be arriving in to the early part of his prime, hopefully 2014 first-round pick Dee Ford has learned from Houston, Johnson and Hali, and 2015 first-round pick Marcus Peters certainly has Pro Bowl talent.
The offense has upgraded, and here’s to hoping a wide receiver actually catches a touchdown this season, but there is no reason the defense won’t be one of the best in the league.
And as they say, defense wins championships.
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