Two games into the regular season may be a bit too early to judge our defensive turn around, but you have to be pleased with the early results. Coming into this season one of the biggest concerns with our defense was the run defense, our front 7 got gashed by opposing running games on a regular basis. So what was our answer to the problem, bring one new player into the front seven, a rotational nose tackle, and a new defensive coordinator with several Super Bowl rings. The early results?
Ranked 9nth in points per game
Ranked 10th in rushing yards allowed
Ranked 8th in rushing yards per play
Ranked 9nth in rushing yards per game allowed
Only 1 rushing TD allowed
Longest run allowed is only 23 yards
Tied for 5th for rushing 1st downs allowed
Tied for 1st with 3 forced fumbles
Is it early? Of course it is. Is our pass defense still suspect? Yes, but we are only allowing an average of 7.5 yards per pass play, and we have a ridiculously young secondary... there will be growing pains.
It would appear that Romeo has figured out how to reach all of these front 7 first rounders. Tamba is being Tamba, Dorsey is holding his ground and actually playing the 2 technique, DJ appears to have started out with some consistency leading the team in tackles for the second week in a row, and T. Jax was looking pretty fired up and nasty in that Chargers game.
Perhaps we are seeing the start of something positive on the defensive side of the ball, finally. Perhaps the Chief's brass knew that they had some pretty talented guys up front when they drafted zero defensive linemen and one late round linebacker. Perhaps these guys are finally developing into what could be a stout defense. The secondary will be good, I have no doubt, and perhaps this front seven will end being pretty damn good too.