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Chiefs’ defense hitting stride ahead of playoffs

Defensive lineman Charles Omenihu and cornerback Joshua Williams weighed in on the current state of the team’s defense.

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With their eighth consecutive AFC West title secured, the Kansas City Chiefs will finish the season against division opponent Los Angeles Chargers. As expected, many starters will not play in the season’s final game, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but cornerback Joshua Williams sees this last game as a momentum builder ahead of the playoffs.

“We’re still keeping that same tenacity we kept all year just so we can catapult into the playoffs and just keep up that high level of play and try to get back to that ball,” Williams said.

In a season of ups and downs, defensive end Charles Omenihu credits the team as having made great strides in their development.

“For the team, I think it’s been a season of just continuous growth, trying to piece everything together,” Omenihu explained. “For me, I think it was cut a little short, but I think I’ve really hit my stride this month, but I keep it going. You’re only as good as your last game.”

The rookies on defense had to quickly find their footing last season. Williams says this success that the second-year players on defense are having stems from another year together and strong leadership.

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Deon Bush and then rookie Joshua Williams celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII.
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“That cohesiveness in a second year - we were good last year, but this year, taking that extra jump, that’s due to another year in the system, the coaches taking it up a notch, and the players buying into the program,” Williams reasoned.

The Chiefs are the third seed in the AFC playoffs, and the outcome of Sunday’s game will not impact their playoff standing. The team will undoubtedly keep a close eye on the results of several games this weekend to see which team the Chiefs will play in round one of the playoffs. Omenihu told Wednesday’s media that he does not have a preference for the opponent for the first playoff game.

“It’s the playoffs,” Omenihu said, point blank. “If (you’re) hoping and wishing for a certain type of team, you already messed up.”

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