[Kansas City.com] For a year and a half, the Chiefs schemed to get Kris Wilson involved in their offense. They drew diagrams of plays for him on cocktail napkins. They reviewed with a knowing grin practice video of Wilson shredding their own defense. They virtually promised he would take their offense to an even higher place.
It’s all been for this through the season’s first four games: one catch, 6 yards.
One of the most unexpected of developments for the Chiefs in an unusual season is that Wilson is having little if any effect on the passing game.
“His impact on our offense,” offensive coordinator Al Saunders said, “is not as extensive as we anticipated it being.”
“When we put him in, we find people are going to nickel defenses,” coach Dick Vermeil said. “So is it better to have a wide receiver in there or him in there? Is it better to have Dante Hall in there or him in there? As we go along, you’ll see him in there in specific situations.”
The Chiefs anticipated that opponents might match up Wilson with a defensive back. Despite his size at 6 feet 2 and 251 pounds, Wilson is more advanced as a receiver than a blocker.
The Chiefs also anticipated that getting Wilson matched with a smaller defensive back might work to their advantage, at least when they ran the ball. If opponents tried matching Wilson with a linebacker, the Chiefs would benefit when they tried to throw.
The theories have yet to play out.