The free-agency period has been good one way or another for every team. The 2017 NFL Draft is over as well. Hence, it’s time to take a look at the positives in our latest series for End Zone Score. Which newcomer to the club was the franchise’s best offseason move and why? We got things started with each of the 2016 last-place teams and now it’s time to focus on the eight division champions. You can get caught up on the entire series by clicking right here. It’s time for the Kansas City Chiefs to be in the spotlight.
NT Bennie Logan
Off a 12-4 record and the team’s first AFC West title since 2010, the Kansas City Chiefs also posted an impressive 6-0 record within their own division. In terms of total yards per game both gained and allowed, Andy Reid’s club boasted the league’s 20th-ranked offense and 24th-ranked defense. So how did this club overcome a 2-2 start and win 10 of its final 12 contests?
The Chiefs are a club built on a savvy defense. They feature a unit that is loaded at linebacker with Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Dee Ford and Justin Houston. The secondary is anchored by Pro Bowl free safety Eric Berry and ball-hawking cornerback Marcus Peters. In 2014, this club managed only 14 takeaways during a 9-7 campaign. That figure rose to 29 the following year. This past season, Reid’s squad forced a league-high 33 turnovers. The defense didn’t necessarily slow a lot of teams down but was extremely opportunistic.
A year ago, defensive tackle Bennie Logan teamed inside with Fletcher Cox to give the Philadelphia Eagles and potent tandem on their four-man line. But the former was a nose tackle in the Birds’ 3-4 defense before that. He’s a logical fit for the Chiefs and a solid replacement for Dontari Poe, now a member of the Atlanta Falcons. And if he can help this club improve its play against the run (26th in NFL in ’16), this defense won’t have to rely on takeaways to stop the opposition this season.