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Key Chiefs Defender Sees Worrying Drop in Playing Time

Mike Danna needs to get on the field more in Week 14

Mike Danna has 6.5 sacks on the season
Mike Danna has 6.5 sacks on the season / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chiefs' pass rush has seen a notable decline in the past several weeks, highlighted by giving up a season-high 27 points to the Packers in Week 13.

Kansas City generated just two sacks against Jordan Love despite averaging nearly 3.5 per game on the season, continuing a two-week trend that's seen the defense give up early points.

One standout defensive player saw his snap count decrease in those two games, raising questions about strategy moving forward. Let's get into it.

Mike Danna's Decreased Playing Time Hurts Chiefs Defense

Mike Danna has been one of the Chiefs' most impressive defensive players this season, compiling 6.5 sacks while proving he deserves an extension beyond this season.

However, in recent weeks we've seen Danna's snaps decline in favor of Charles Omenihu and Matt Dickerson. I have no problem with Omenihu's playing time, though Steve Spagnuolo shouldn't forget how well Danna is playing.

He's third on the team in sacks, including notching the one above against the Packers, and seems to always make big plays in critical moments.

To see Danna at only 59% of snaps in the Packers' loss doesn't feel like a coincidence. It was his second-lowest snap share of the season (Week 3), so I'm hopeful he gets on the field more against a potent Bills offense.

If not, we may be disappointed once again.


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