Despite the Week 17 loss, the Kansas City Chiefs will be heading into the playoffs with their heads held high. With 19 of 22 starters resting for the game, the Chiefs almost pulled off a road win against a hot San Diego Chargers team. In the closing seconds of the game with the score tied at 24, Ryan Succop missed a 41-yard field goal that would have ended the game.
The officials should have called a penalty on the Chargers for lining up more than six men on one side of the field, but they missed it and San Diego took care of business in overtime. None of that matters. Win or lose, the Chiefs looked great and showed off their depth. GM John Dorsey turned over more than half the roster from the squad that finished 2-14 last season, and several of the new guys had solid performances on Sunday.
On defense, LB Frank Zombo, LB James-Michael Johnson and DB Ron Parker have two things in common — all were brought in by Dorsey, and all looked great against the Chargers. Zombo had a sack and three QB hits, Parker had six tackles, two defended passes and an interception.
Johnson had six tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss. DB Husain Abdullah, CB Dunta Robinson and LB Nico Johnson were also brought in under Dorsey’s regime, and had good showings against San Diego.
On offense, QB Chase Daniel had his first start of his five-year career, and showed Kansas City fans that they are not hopeless if Alex Smith misses time. Daniel completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and added 59 yards on seven carries. Rookie RB Knile Davis also impressed with 80 yards on 27 carries with two scores and most importantly, no fumbles on 30 touches.
Thanks to Dorsey, the Chiefs have tremendous depth, which is an aspect of the game that is constantly overlooked. Depth isn’t often thought about until not having it blows up in a team’s face. Dorsey deserves a lot of credit for the job he’s done with the Chiefs, and owner Clark Hunt deserves a lot of credit for signing him.