The Kansas City Chiefs are in big trouble. Andy Reid‘s squad is currently sitting with a 2-3 record, good for last place in the AFC West. Patrick Mahomes and the offense have some issues of their own to fix, but the most significant weakness right now is the defense.
The Chiefs’ defense has looked so bad this season that some of the team’s fans tried to jump into action and save the day before things go from bad to worse.
The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense looks awful
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has to look in the mirror and try to tell himself he can turn things around.
Teams have picked the Chiefs’ defense apart week after week. After finishing the 2020 season with a top-15 unit, Kansas City now has the worst defense in the NFL.
Opposing offenses have scored a league-high 163 points on Kansas City through the first five games. The Chiefs have also allowed 2,187 total yards.
KC’s Sunday Night Football matchup against the Buffalo Bills was supposed to be a potential AFC Championship preview. However, the product didn’t match the billing. The Bills had their way with the Chiefs’ defense.
Josh Allen threw for 315 yards and rushed for another 59 yards. He scored a combined four touchdowns on the evening, leading Buffalo to a 38-24 defeat of the Chiefs. The Bills were just the latest team to take advantage of Kansas City’s porous defense.
Fans started a GoFundMe to buy out Daniel Sorensen
Similar to the Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs have a loyal and rabid fan base. However, even they can’t excuse the defense playing so poorly.
Tyrann Mathieu, Chris Jones, and Frank Clark are the leaders of this defense. As talented as they are, though, they can’t get the job done by themselves. Now, a group of fans is trying to step in a save the day.
Starting safety Daniel Sorensen has had a rough go of it to kick off the 2021 season. He leads the NFL with 12 missed tackles in five games. The eighth-year veteran has also struggled in coverage.
Fans on Twitter blasted Cris Collinsworth for saying Sorensen is usually one of the Chiefs’ best defensive players. He’s not, and it’s hurting Kansas City’s defense.
A Chiefs’ fan took it upon themselves to start a GoFundMe campaign to buy out Sorensen’s contract. The campaign raised $85 before being shut down. The struggling defensive back’s contract is worth more than $2.4 million, so the fans weren’t close. Still, Sorensen must play better than he has.
If the Chiefs get torched by the Washington Football Team, these fans will lose their minds.
The Chiefs are not a Super Bowl contender right now
The Kansas City Chiefs have made six straight playoff appearances. They’ve represented the AFC in the past two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl LIV in 2019.
Andy Reid and company entered the 2021 season as the favorites to win the Super Bowl. However, the team doesn’t at all resemble a Super Bowl contender right now.
The defense is the most apparent weakness of this Chiefs team. All of the best teams in the AFC put points on the board. The Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers, and Buffalo Bills exposed the holes in KC’s unit. There’s no easy fix for the team’s defensive problems, either.
The Chiefs’ offense is the only reason this team has a chance. The unit ranks No. 5 in the NFL in scoring. Still, Patrick Mahomes hasn’t been as dominant as years past. He’s thrown six interceptions so far in 2021, and his decision-making as a whole has been questionable.
The Chiefs could very well be 1-4 if not for the Cleveland Browns falling apart in the season opener. This is not the same Kansas City that has run through the AFC over the year. The 2021 version has more questions than answers.