Chiefs Biggest Regrets Headlined By Trio Of Fan Favorites

June 17, 2022

As we enter the mandatory minicamp phase of the offseason, it’s officially that time of year to overact to what we see in practice — both good and bad — and give our rational and accurate opinions on what Brett Veach should do to make this Chiefs team the best it can be heading into the new season.

With that idea in mind, we’re going to have a little fun in this article and look back at three ex-Chiefs players that the organization wishes were still had on the roster heading into 2022.

NOTE: To keep this a bit more realistic, there’s going to be a five-year cut-off. Meaning any player that hasn’t been on the roster in over five years (2017 or prior) will not be eligible for selection.

Damien Williams, HB, Chiefs 2018-2020

To start our list off, we have the fan-favorite running back, Damien Williams.

Williams will certainly go down as one of the more beloved Chiefs players in recent history after that iconic surge of stellar play during the 2019 postseason run. If we’re speaking candidly, Williams should’ve been the Super Bowl MVP that year, as the former Chiefs running back was a crucial reason for securing the victory over the 49ers.

However, as great as the memories are of Williams, this isn’t a list comprised of fan favorites; it’s a list of those who the current Chiefs team wishes were still on the roster. So why is Williams here?

Ever since the release of Kareem Hunt in 2018, the Chiefs have had a bit of a revolving door at the running back position. From Spencer Ware to LeSean McCoy to Darrel Williams, Kansas City just hasn’t been able to find their footing at a position that historically has seemingly always been a very strong spot within the organization. Even after spending a first-round pick on Clyde Edwards-Helaire, stability has been lacking.

In the last four years, the best running back to wear the red and gold hasn’t been the one the organization spent a first-round pick on or the once former All-Pro. No, it was the running back the Chiefs decided to release in 2021 in favor of saving $2 million dollars in cap space.

Williams provided much-needed stability to the Chiefs’ running back room while also providing the most production out of the position that we’ve seen since the departure of Hunt. In Williams’ last playing season with the organization (he opted out of the 2020 season), the running back put up 12 total touchdowns in nine games started for the team (including postseason). In comparison, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has put up the same amount in his first two seasons combined with the Chiefs.

Kansas City may well be on its way to strengthening the position once again with the additions of Ronald Jones II and Isaih Pacheco. They also re-signed Jerick McKinnon this offseason, but it’s fair to wonder if Damien Williams would be HB1 if he were still on the roster in 2022.

Kendall Fuller, CB, Chiefs 2018-2019

Coming in at number two, we have yet another Super Bowl LIV hero and a bit of a forgotten name within the Chiefs Kingdom; cornerback Kendall Fuller.

The cornerback’s best moment came in Super Bowl LIV when the Virginia Tech alum climbed the ladder up over WR Deebo Samuel, picking off quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to seal the SB victory for the Chiefs.

Fuller arrived in Kansas City back in 2018 via trade with Washington in a trade package that sent quarterback Alex Smith to D.C in return for Fuller and a third-round pick.

Throughout his two-year stint with the Chiefs, Fuller was one of the more reliable players on defense and a huge asset to Kansas City’s secondary. Although not the biggest playmaker on the field (just three interceptions between 2018-2019), the cornerback provided stability at a position that has often been seen as a point of weakness among the Chiefs’ defense and equipped Steve Spagnuolo with another viable option at safety in the 2019 postseason after rookie Juan Thornhill went down with a torn ACL in the last game of the regular season.

Like Damien Williams and the running back position, however, the cornerback position looks to possibly be on the way up after Brett Veach spent a first-round selection on Trent McDuffie back in April. While you could make the argument the Chiefs don’t need Kendall Fuller heading into 2022, a cornerback trio consisting of Fuller, Sneed, and McDuffie would be quite appealing with Rashad Fenton as CB4 and depth if any of the starting three were to miss time.

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Chiefs 2019

Finally, at the top of our list of players that the Chiefs wish they still had on their roster — We have edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah.

Ogbah has to be the player Brett Veach regrets losing the most. Since signing with the Miami Dolphins in 2020, the pass rusher has tallied nine sacks in each of the last two seasons, earning himself quite the payday this offseason — a four-year, $65 million deal.

Kansas City acquired Ogbah in 2019 via trade with the Cleveland Browns in exchange for safety Eric Murray. A move that paid off handsomely for the Chiefs, as the ex-Brown totaled 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble in just four games started throughout the regular season.

Unfortunately for Ogbah and the Chiefs, neither side got to fully reach their max potential as the edge rusher (and team sack leader at the time) went down with a torn pectoral early in November of 2019, ending his season prematurely and ultimately his tenure with the team.

Taking down the quarterback was potentially Kansas City’s biggest weakness last season and the reason for falling short of a third straight trip to the Super Bowl. The team brought down opposing quarterbacks just 31 times (4th worst in the NFL) in the regular season and managed to get to Joe Burrow only one time in the AFC title game.

It’s safe to assume had Ogbah been part of the Chiefs’ defense last season, the pass rush certainly would’ve seen more production than it did as Frank Clark was the team’s second-highest leader in sacks with only 4.5.

A combination of Ogbah, Chris Jones, and George Karlaftis would’ve certainly provided Kansas City with ample opportunity to be amongst the best pass-rush teams in 2022.

Here’s to hoping the Chiefs already have their next Emmanuel Ogbah on the team.

All stats are provided by https://www.pro-football-reference.com and https://www.statmuse.com


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