The Kansas City Chiefs’ defense has been devastated yet again this season, but should they fire defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo?
After being trounced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55, the Kansas City Chiefs appeared to be on a revenge mission. On paper, the Chiefs were juggernauts thanks to their free agency and trade block signings. However, as the season progressed, it became clear that this team’s defense would be a problem.
The Buffalo Bills shredded Kansas City’s defense in the first half on Sunday, taking a 24-13 advantage into halftime. Buffalo totaled 289 yards of offense, with quarterback Josh Allen accounting for 219 of those yards.
Is it time for the Chiefs to part ways with coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after the team’s troubles in the first month of the 2021 season?
Should Steve Spagnuolo, the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator, be fired?
No, there isn’t an answer to that question. This is the roster Spagnuolo took over for the 2021 season.
The majority of general manager Brett Veach’s offseason changes were aimed at improving the offensive line, which was a big factor in the team’s Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers. The Chiefs added a lot of offensive line depth through free agency, trades, and the NFL Draft. In terms of the defense, not much was said.
Frank Clark’s $18.5 million basic pay for this season reflects the defense’s substantial commitment in him as their top edge rusher. Due to a hamstring injury, he has only played in one game (Week 2 versus the Baltimore Ravens). That, and he hasn’t lived up to the contract he signed with the Chiefs during his time there. Anthony Hitchens, a linebacker, is making $5.8 million this season despite not playing particularly well. That’s a lot of money being spent on two players that aren’t performing.
With 12 games remaining on the schedule, there is still space for development. Spagnuolo may be able to turn things around and get the defense to play as expected. As a defensive coordinator, he won two Super Bowls. It is simply too early to make a hasty judgment at this time.