Hello, Houston! It's time (or close enough) for this week's cross-blogging edition of Ask A Chiefs Fan. First, let me say that I hope Matt Schaub is healthy by this weekend. I won't bore you to death with statistics on the Chiefs, because let's face it, stats are boring, right? Nothing exciting about 10 sacks in one game, or a Defensive Rating of 101 or whatever metric. No. All I'm going to say is that as of right now, through the first six games of this season, the Kansas City Defense has been off the charts.
Returning many of the same players from last year, but with a new GM, HC, DC and yes, a new QB on the other side of the line. (Yawn). Mind you, Alex Smith has been a godsend to this team that had been straddled with Matt Cassel for far too long. The mantra of "protect the ball" has never had more meaning than to this year's edition of the Chiefs. Oh, the team still has Jamaal "I play with blisters on my feet" Charles and Dwayne "I don't need to catch a ball to be able to block downfield" Bowe ... no, we have those guys and we're (mostly) thankful that we do (some fans are less than enamored of Bowe this year, but that's another story altogether) ... the main story this year is the Chiefs incredible, amazing, awesome, overpowering and other-worldly Defense.
Look, last week this unit had the Raiders staring down a 4th and 48 at one point ... you read that right. A 4th and 48, which resulted in a 46 yard punt. Go back and read that again, I'll wait. Done yet? Good. Oh, by the way, our top CB (Brandon Flowers) didn't even play. Now, granted it was the Raiders and we all know how they love to self-destruct, but come on ... seriously? This is the team that held Dallas to 16 points, the same Dallas that rang up nearly 50 against Denver. This is the team that held the Eagles to 16 points. The same Eagles team that's been scoring 30 points fairly routinely. The Giants and Raiders? Just 14 points combined. Sure, we've heard all the talk about how the Chiefs haven't played a good team yet. We know, trust me we know. We also know it's not quite true. So, how are they doing it? What's the amazing secret of the Kansas City Chiefs? The truth is, there's no real secret, other than Andy Reid doing a fantastic job of leading the team in a workmanlike manner, John Dorsey scouring the waiver wires for the best of the best of the guys other teams release and Bob Sutton coming up with the best defensive game plans this side of Gen Patton.
Big Red Reid has this team sticking together like family, working hard and then working a little bit harder each and every day, and absolutely believing in themselves and each other. If one player goes down, it's "next man up" every time, and thus far each and every one has come through. Sean Smith. Akeem Jordan. Marcus Cooper. Quinton Demps. Husain Abdullah. Dunta Robinson. Mike DeVito. Sorry, what was that you said? You've never heard of these guys? Yeah, me either ... until now. Add some remarkable play by all of those guys to Eric Berry, Tyson Jackson, Dontari Poe, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson and you end up with what might end up being one of the best defensive units in the history of the NFL. No joke. Right now, these guys really ARE just that good. Will it continue? Nobody knows, of course, but for as long as it does, Chiefs fans everywhere are loving it. Personally, I think it's magic, but what do I know.
Here's to a good, hard-fought and injury-free game of tough, old-school football. You have questions, we have answers. (I don't, but the other guys who'll be along soon do ... I'm just the warm-up act!) ... until Sunday, enjoy the conversations and remember: play nicely!
***Editor's Note - I'd be completely remiss in my duties if I didn't add this link, one of the best posts that I've seen in a long, long time. Want to know why the Chiefs are REALLY this good? --->Read this Trust me. (H/T - RDOGuy)