The Kansas City Chiefs quickly went from one of the oldest teams to one of the youngest over the last few years in the Herm Edwards youth movement. The problem with going so young so quickly is that you don't develop much, if any depth at important positions.
The Chiefs still have a long way to go before we can consider them actually deep but on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, they showed how important their "backups" were.
S Jon McGraw was out again but KC didn't miss a beat with S Kendrick Lewis, who recorded his first career interception. Lewis has surpassed McGraw, in my mind, as the better option at safety but that doesn't mean McGraw's worthless.
CB Brandon Flowers was out of action as he recovered from a hamstring injury but CB Jackie Bates and CB Travis Daniels, among others, did an admirable job replacing him. Daniels ended with an interception (or two, depending on how you saw the replay on the drop).
LT Branden Albert was active but didn't play this week. This move put the Chiefs in a bind as they had to move RT Barry Richardson to the left side and slide RT Ryan O'Callaghan back into the game on the right side. It wasn't pretty at times but these guys ultimately got results.
Then there's WR Dexter McCluster, who has been out for five consecutive games. You think KC is learning to play without him? Points scored in games since McCluster has been out: 13, 20, 29, 31 and 42.
So that adds up to arguably the team's best defensive player and the man responsible for protecting the blind side of the most important player on the field missing in action.
And the Chiefs rolled.