One of the themes throughout the Kansas City Chiefs offseason has been their depth. The Chiefs have some. They’re deep at a number of spots including running back and defensive line and potentially deep in spots like inside linebacker and tight end. Not to mention the quarterback depth (hi, Nick Foles).
Jeff Dooley of Pro Football Focus wrote a piece in the Washington Post looking at the NFL’s best returning starting lineups. Are you surprised to see the Chiefs land at No. 3 on that list?
"The Chiefs are arguably the most surprising inclusion on this list, in part because they don’t have the same perceived level of star power as teams that barely missed the cut, like Carolina, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati or Seattle. But their lack of weaknesses boosts them up to No. 3 on this list. They only have one starter who earned a grade below 60 last season (LB/S Daniel Sorensen, at 41.2), whereas the average team has 5.5 players below 60 and no other team has fewer than three."
I’m not that surprised, honestly. We’ve known the Chiefs have some pretty damn good players. On the defense alone, I count five first round picks (Marcus Peters, Eric Berry, Dontari Poe, Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson). Offensively, the Chiefs line is much better which was their biggest weakness. The receivers are still a question mark although we do have some optimism there. The tight ends are a strength and the running game is even deeper than we thought.
So, no, I’m not all that surprised to see the Chiefs listed here now that I think about it. The rest of the list: 1) Cardinals 2) Patriots 3) Chiefs 4) Packers and 5) Raiders. Read the whole thing here.