Coming into OTAs and the preseason, the Kansas City Chiefs appear to have one of the best defenses in the NFL. If the Chiefs can stay healthy they could have a top 5 defense. Let’s have a look into what makes them a top-tier defense.
First of all, their linebacker corps is one of the most talent rich units in the NFL. The linebackers include many current and future Pro Bowlers such as Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Justin Houston. Those three linebackers have been proven stars in the past few seasons and will continue to do so, not to mention the additions of Akeem Jordan and Nico Johnson will bring great depth and young talent to the team.
Their linebackers aren’t the only reason that I think their defense will be great, however, as they also have a defensive line and secondary full of young talent. The defensive line includes second year player Dontari Poe and potential Pro Bowler Tyson Jackson. Poe struggled as a rookie in his first season with the Chiefs, but he has the skill set necessary to become a force at nose tackle and I expect he will have a much better 2013 campaign. Jackson is a versatile 3-4 defensive end who is on the verge of having a breakout season. He showed in a few games last season that he can be a force against opposing offensive tackles. 2013 could be a huge year for Jackson if he can play consistent football.
The Chiefs secondary has always been full of talent, and this year is no different as their secondary is led by two time Pro Bowler Eric Berry and standout cornerback Brandon Flowers. Berry is one of the best safeties currently playing in the league with the ability to stop the run and pick off opposing quarterbacks while in coverage. Add in Flowers and you have a perfect duo with Flowers turning into one of the better shutdown cornerbacks who continues to improve each year.
If the Chiefs can stay healthy they will have an elite group of players on defense. Chiefs fans should be excited for what the 2013 season could bring them.
Colin Barton is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @ColinBartonRS