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Comparing two Kansas City Chiefs defenses: What happened?

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A big story this season has been what’s wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Is it the players or the scheme?

This was an interesting statistical look at the Chiefs under Andy Reid, brought to my attention on Twitter...

What I found to be most interesting was the big drop off in total defense between 2015 and 2016. Now, despite the amount of yards given up last season, the defense still got the job done, albeit in different ways - namely, turnovers and red zone defense.

In 2017, they haven’t been able to rely on either of those factors, which has led to the downfall of the defense.

On this week’s episode of AHPKC Chiefs Podcast, we looked at what changed on the defense between 2015 and today...

Here’s a quick refresher on the 2015 Kansas City Chiefs Defense:

DL: Dontari Poe, Allen Bailey, Jaye Howard, Mike DeVito

LB: Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson, Josh Mauga, Dee Ford

DB: Sean Smith, Marcus Peters, Eric Berry, Ron Parker, Husain Abdullah, Tyvon Branch, Philip Gaines

So ... how does this year’s defense stack up against 2015 in terms of talent? Where are the biggest upgrades? Where are they similar? Hear our answers on this week’s episode.

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