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Midseason PFF grades for the Chiefs

Here we are folks, halfway through the 2013 season. Like most Chiefs fans, I assumed we’d be sitting here at 8-0 at the midpoint. That’s 4-0 + 4-0 for the Haley lovers scoring at home. I figured we’d go ahead and look at the ProFootballFocus player scores to see how we got here. Now if you aren’t familiar with the PFF scoring formula then allow me to vaguely explain. Players who receive a grade of 0 are considered average. Anything above or below that means the PFF scorers believe that the players are above or below average.

Also, if a player you like on your favorite team receives a favorable score from PFF, then the site is deemed credible and the grade considered accurate. However, if a player you like on your favorite team receives an unfavorable score from PFF, then the site is considered worthless and compared to the likes of walterfootball.com. Credibility is also lost when a PFF player score supports an argument you’re currently winning.

Now starting with the offense, let’s dive in…..

Offense (Overall PFF Score: -37.6)

Starters

Player

Position

Score

Positional Ranking

Alex Smith

QB

-5.1

27

Jamaal Charles

RB

3.9

16

Anthony Sherman

FB

11.0

1

Dwayne Bowe

WR

0.4

61

Donnie Avery

WR

-4.7

101

Anthony Fasano

TE

-3.9

42

Branden Albert

LT

4.9

26*

Jeff Allen

LG

-8.8

63*

Rodney Hudson

C

-1.2

16

Jon Asamoah

RG

7.8

5*

Eric Fisher

RT

-17.9

71*

Note- An asterisk by a player's positional ranking grade means the ranking at the entire position and not just the specific position. So Branden Albert is ranked as the 26th tackle in the NFL and not just the 26th ranked LT.

High Score: Anthony Sherman (11.0)- The Sherman trade sounded insignificant when announced, but is now looking like another great move by Dorsey. And if you're still depressed about trading Gonzo for Arenas, you can now look at it as trading Gonzo for the Shermanator. What's that? Trading the greatest TE in the history of football for a FB still doesn't excite you? Hard to please.

Low Score: Eric Fisher (-17.9)- Ummmm...yeah. You're going to need to get yourself a Super Sunshine Pumper 2000 to try to twist this into anything positive. The guy has been bad this year and extremely inconsistent. For some perspective, Barry Richardson scored a -16.2 through his first 8 games during his final season with the Chiefs.

Surprise: Jon Asamoah- Regarded as one of our best linemen, I'm not sure many realize just how well he is performing this year. He's only had one penalty called on him this season that was accepted and only one sack allowed. In a very inconsistent o-line, he's the guy we can always rely on.

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Notable Offensive Players

Geoff Schwartz

T/G

2.7

26*

Sean McGrath

TE

0.6

17

Dexter McCluster

WR

-2.5

89

I'm not an Allen fan by any means. I actually wanted Warmack in the draft to replace him. Then I wanted Schwartz to replace him. I guess Allen has more "upside" than Schwartz, but if we're just playing him because he's younger then we'll be making a big mistake come playoff time. The Beard has filled in nicely with our injuries at TE this year and Dex is having his biggest season yet.

Defense (Overall PFF Score: 118.9)

Starters

Player

Position

Score

Positional Ranking

Tyson Jackson

DE

10.7

10

Dontari Poe

NT

14.8

9*

Mike Devito

DE

12.9

7

Justin Houston

OLB

20.8

1

Akeem Jordan

ILB

3.4

11*

Derrick Johnson

ILB

11.4

1*

Tamba Hali

OLB

14.3

4

Brandon Flowers

CB

1.2

40

Sean Smith

CB

5.4

54

Eric Berry

SS

9.2

4*

Kendrick Lewis

FS

2.7

26*

High Score: Justin Houston-Not much of a surprise here. He's taken the league by storm this year and is graded at almost 6 points higher than the 2nd highest graded 34 OLB, Robert Mathis. He's 2nd in sacks, 1st in hits, 2nd in hurries and has been called for 0 penalties.

Low Score: Brandon Flowers-He's experiencing an injury plagued season, but his backup has performed just fine in his absence. Plus, how good are things on defense when Brandon Flowers is your lowest graded starter?

Surprise: Mike Devito- You could easily make the case for Poe here, but Poe was the 11th overall pick last year and is supposed to physically dominate people. Devito has been a quiet assassin on the d-line. You rarely hear his name called but he takes care of business. The fact that he's the 4th highest graded player on our defense proves just that. It probably doesn't hurt that each of his biceps are bigger than my entire head.

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Notable Defensive Players

Marcus Cooper

CB

9.0

4

Quintin Demps

S

2.3

29*

Dunta Robinson

CB

-5.5

99

Much has already been discussed this year regarding Cooper. He just keeps stepping up. When Gordon was having his way with us last week, we simply put our secret weapon on him and shut him down. Even if his play drops off a little going forward he'll still be a hell of a player for us.

Special Teams (Overall PFF Score: 22.6)

Player

Position

Grade

Positional Ranking

Ryan Succop

K

19.1

7

Dustin Colquitt

P

6.9

13

Dexter McCluster

PR

3.3

8*

Quinten Demps

KR

2.8

11*

High Score: Ryan Succop- Succop has been as automatic as they come this year with FGs under 50 yards. He's a perfect 14 for 14. If he gets his accuracy up with the deep ones he might be regarded as the best in the game. He's also 4th in the NFL in average kickoff distance and the opponents average starting position after kickoff is just behind the 21 yard line.

Low Score: Dexter McCluster- Nothing against McCluster here as returners are going to grade lower than punters and kickers on PFF. He actually grades out as the 8th best returner in football and his fair catch percentage is at a ridiculous 8%. This number is insane. Seriously, as a former punt returner myself, returning punts might be the most terrifying job in all of sports. Let's just say that Chiefs fans like MHR more than Dex likes fair catching a punt.

Surprise. Nobody- Colquitt is a beast, Succop doesn't miss and Dex is scary in the open field.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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