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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Kansas City Chiefs decided to release Kareem Hunt because of a video that surfaced showing Hunt getting into an altercation with a woman. While releasing Hunt sets a great precedent and establishes a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this type of behavior. There’s no doubt that it hurts the Chiefs when it comes to their ability to perform on the field. Just last year Hunt led the entire NFL with 1,327 yards and he was on pace for another 1,000 yards this season. That’s a lot of output to lose out on and now there’s more pressure on Patrick Mahomes to produce. A lot of times there’s windows in the passing game due to the fact those linebackers are selling out to stop the run. Spencer Ware will have to step up and play well in order to keep defense’s honest. If Ware is sloppy though then there will be a ripple effect throughout this entire offense. Lets face it losing Kareem Hunt is a big hit to this team’s Super Bowl expectations. Hunt should’ve never allowed himself to be in such a poor circumstances but Kansas City has to put that in past and find a way to turn the page on this incident. Now if there is any good news it’s that the Chiefs did win some games in the first two weeks despite mediocre showings from Hunt. However that was at a point in time when Mahomes was playing at a level much higher than everybody else. The MVP candidate has thrown 10 interception in his last seven match-ups and it’s hurt his chances of wining that award. All of this makes it clear how difficult it’s going to be for Kansas City to come out of the AFC side of the playoff bracket. Mahomes is great but it takes a collection of outstanding players to be one of the elite teams in the league. Hunt was vital piece to the Chiefs’ DNA.
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Without Kareem Hunt the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t the same team.