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The Kansas City Chiefs Run Defense Is Running Out Of Excuses

Below I wanted to provide a bit of statistical evidence that our run defense hasn't changed in five years despite an array of new personnel, a new head coach and a new (but certainly not improved) offense.

Below are our current run defense numbers for the 2008 campaign:

Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End
Plays: 27 Plays: 35 Plays: 11 Plays: 81 Plays: 15 Plays: 31 Plays: 38
NFL Rank: 13 NFL Rank: 5 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 3 NFL Rank: 23 NFL Rank: 9 NFL Rank: 2
Avg Gain: 8.26 Avg Gain: 5.14 Avg Gain: 4.73 Avg Gain: 5.42 Avg Gain: 4.07 Avg Gain: 7.16 Avg Gain: 4.87
NFL Rank: 30 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 26 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 21 NFL Rank: 32 NFL Rank: 17

As demonstrated by the numbers above, we are pathetic at stopping the run.  We all said the same thing in 2003 when our offense was top flight.  The excuse for the run defense then was that the offense scored too quickly tiring the defense out.

Now, check out our 2003 run defense numbers after the jump.

Left End Left Tackle Left Guard Up the Middle Right Guard Right Tackle Right End
Plays: 74 Plays: 33 Plays: 22 Plays: 186 Plays: 29 Plays: 43 Plays: 50
NFL Rank: 7 NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 29 NFL Rank: 1 NFL Rank: 24 NFL Rank: 25 NFL Rank: 18
Avg Gain: 7.38 Avg Gain: 7.09 Avg Gain: 4.23 Avg Gain: 4.95 Avg Gain: 5.79 Avg Gain: 5.07 Avg Gain: 3.62
NFL Rank: 31 NFL Rank: 32 NFL Rank: 21 NFL Rank: 28 NFL Rank: 27 NFL Rank: 28 NFL Rank: 7

What has changed?  Nothing!  I'd say Gunther's [in]ability to stop the run is becoming more apparent.  What's the excuse this time?

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