Fact or Fiction: AFC West

The Chiefs have too many holes on defense to repeat as AFC West champs.

Updated: June 3, 2004, 2:13 PM ET
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Each week during ESPN.com's offseason overviews we'll have two of our experts debate an issue for each division in Fact or Fiction. Today's Fact or Fiction question: The Chiefs have too many holes on defense to repeat as AFC West champs?

Fact or Fiction: The Chiefs have too many holes on defense to repeat as AFC West champs.
Mark Schlereth
Mark Schlereth
FICTION

I look at the Chiefs and know that they are going to have another juggernaut type of year offensively, which takes a lot of pressure off the defense. Also, the addition of new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, once their head coach, will help this defense. Cunningham is simplistic and will have his players pin their ears back and go, which is a far cry from the complicated schemes the Chiefs played last year under Greg Robinson and seemed to have trouble grasping. This defense won't be unbelievably improved, but it will be enough to help them repeat as AFC West champions.
Merril Hoge
Merril Hoge
FICTION

I don't think one guy can ever change a side of the ball, but I do believe one guy can make a difference. Hiring Gunther Cunningham as the new defensive coordinator brings a difference maker to this team. He will demand perfection and play to the strengths of his people and won't put them in bad situations. At times last year, this defense just quit playing hard and it cost them some games. Cunningham won't permit this team to ever quit and that alone will make this defense better. This team won't have the best defense in the league, but it won't be the sieve it was last year.

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