MAILBAG: Super Bowl thoughts, Weston Dressler, and Star Wars


It’s the first official week of the offseason, which means the questions should start pouring in as our curiosity builds with no football. Here’s what you were wondering about this week.

What did the Seahawks defense do against Denver that the Chiefs couldn’t do? – Todd in Columbia, MO

This was pretty clear to me during the Super Bowl: it’s all about the secondary. The corners in Seattle played very physical defense with Peyton Manning’s receivers. They jammed them at the line and played a good deal of press coverage, not allowing them to get comfortable. The unit also did a great job of keeping everyone in front of them, making tackles, and eliminating big play opportunities.

But the Seahawks also benefitted from pressuring Manning often. According to Pro Football Focus, the unit hurried the MVP 14 times. In two games against Denver, Kansas City’s defense could only garner 17 hurries. You saw a lot of happy feet coming from Manning in the Super Bowl, as he was continuously knocked off of his spot. Seattle got the pressure from its front four, allowing its secondary to focus more and take less chances.

What do you make of the Weston Dressler signing? – Chris in Blue Springs, MO

I’m pretty intrigued by this move. Obviously, the Chiefs need wide receiver help to take a step forward next year. This is an out-of-the-box way of trying to address that.

Dressler, from 2008 to 2013, was very successful in the Canadian Football League. He caught 442 passes for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns over six seasons. He was the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie back in 2008 and you can see some of his best plays here.

It looks like Dressler, considering his size and skill set, would be playing in the slot for Kansas City. That very well may signal the end of the Dexter McCluster era, as he is an unrestricted free agent. If he can produce anything like he did in Canada, then this will go down as a steal for Kansas City.

Ok, I saw the Star Wars inspired NFL helmets. You really think the Chiefs have the best one? – Scott in Raytown, MO

Damn straight I do! Look, there are actually a lot of really cool ones. I loved the Titans, Ravens, Colts, Chargers, and Patriots. But when you got Ewoks, you always win. 

How does the Chiefs’ roster compare in value to the Seahawks?

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  • Perry

    The key to beating Denver is to jam their receivers and allow our d-line time to get to Manning. Our secondary was exposed by good QBs because they played soft and let the receivers run free. You and I could complete passes to guys that wide open. Of course we don’t have a secondary like Seattle, so that should be our #1 focus in the draft as it is deep with corners and safeties.

    • Tyler Greever

      I’m right there with ya