It’s finally over… never again will Tyreek Hill get behind the Denver secondary flying underneath a 65 yard bomb from Patrick Mahomes. The best deep passer in the league loses the best deep threat in the league, and defensive coordinators league-wide collectively exhale.
Along with losing Hill, the Chiefs completely dismantled their defense, losing star safety Tyrann Mathieu, along with starters Daniel Sorensen, Jarran Reed, Mike Hughes, and Charvarious Ward. From afar, it would feel like the dynasty is starting to crumble, and undoubtedly the changeover will lead to some growing pains next season.
But these moves opened up a ton of cap space and amassed a large haul of draft capital, and with that flexibility the Chiefs have revamped their defense to what I believe is the best it’s been since the arrival of Mahomes.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marques Valdes-Scantling, and one of my favorite rookies Skyy Moore will look to fill the shoes of Tyreek Hill. Meanwhile, the secondary has been much improved with the infusion of Justin Reid, Lonnie Johnson, Trent McDuffie, Bryan Cook, and Joshua Williams.
Additionally, George Karlafitis and Leo Chenal are perfect scheme fits for defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoula, and were two of the best value selections in the entire NFL draft.
As much as it pains me to admit it, I don’t think the Chiefs are going anywhere. They had arguably the best draft in the league, collecting consensus high-end talent with seemingly every pick. They maneuvered the loss of Tyreek Hill by signing two underrated receivers and drafting a sliding scheme fit. Tyrann Mathieu is a beast, but their secondary has never been a strong point, ranking 22nd in Defensive dropback EPA last season. I believe this new group of DB’s Kansas City has collected could be one of the most improved units league wide, as we saw with Kansas City’s interior offensive line in 2021.
For the first time in years, the Chiefs aren’t the favorite to win the division. But by no means should any team coached by Andy Reid and quarterbacked by Patrick Mahomes be taken lightly.