We’ve had some spies infiltrate PO this week.
Arrowhead Addict believes that collectively, as fans, we may be over confident. They also say that the Broncos’ real area of concern when the Chiefs play them should be the secondary.
The secondary is our first target: Of the Broncos’ few holes, perhaps the biggest was their defensive secondary…
Barring injuries, the Broncos are going to be a great team once again. But the weak link in the chain remains their secondary. Rodgers-Cromartie was part of the trade that gave the Philadelphia Eagles the “Dream Team” misnomer two years ago. He has struggled with inconsistency. When the Chiefs play the Broncos, Champ Bailey will be on Dwayne Bowe. Can Rodgers-Cromartie keep up with either Donnie Avery or Jon Baldwin?
If the Chiefs are to beat the Broncos, this matchup may be the decisive factor in winning one against Denver this year. Addicts, what do you think?! Can the Chiefs split the series with the Broncos this year?! – Arrowhead Addict
Let’s dissect this little argument right now.
The first point about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s consistency is unfair. Of course entering a new system, any player will struggle. In DRC’s first year with the Philadelphia Eagles, he had 28 tackles and no interceptions, but he was part of a 10th ranked defense in points allowed, not to mention a 10th ranked pass defense. I would take that over what he did in 2012 when he had 51 tackles and three picks, but played for a team that gave up 27.8 points per game, which was 30th in the league.
Defense is a team effort and when the unit doesn’t function well as a whole, players are exposed or don’t perform up to what they’re capable of. In DRC’s three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, he had at least 42 tackles and three interceptions in each season. With pressure coming up front from Von Miller, Shaun Phillips, and Derek Wolfe, expect DRC to excel in his new role opposite Bailey.
Can DRC keep up with Donnie Avery or Jon Baldwin? Is this the same Avery that had 60 catches for 781 yards and three touchdowns last year? Is this the same Baldwin that had 20 catches for 325 yards and a touchdown in 2012? Please.
If Chiefs fans believe that they can outscore a Peyton Manning-led offense that now houses Wes Welker by attacking the secondary, then they really must be living somewhere over Dwayne Bowe.