True or false: the Kansas City Chiefs make the playoffs this season, they will also rank in the top 10 of this list.
(Note that these are the top rushing grades from PFF ... not just yards)
The Chiefs were truly a team when rushing the ball last season. Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West, Spencer Ware and even Knile Davis got into the action. The Chiefs embodied the next man up philosophy.
I will say that if the Chiefs are a good team next season - which we expect them to be - they’ll be a top 10 team rushing the ball again. That makes sense, doesn’t it? The Chiefs are not good enough to be overly reliant on the pass.
The numbers say the Chiefs have been pretty consistent in their offensive attack over the past few years. They’ve been 12th-16th in rushing attempts in each of the past three seasons while they’ve been bottom five in passing attempts each of the past two seasons (hey, wait, I thought Andy Reid threw the ball all the time). The Chiefs don’t need to throw the ball a whole lot but they do need to be efficient when they do, which Alex Smith often is.
The key for the 2016 Chiefs will be maintaining that rushing attack. That will keep them in the battle. To push them over the hump the Chiefs need the passing game to open up some explosiveness down the field. Do those things together and the 2016 Chiefs will be very good.