Defense is no problem. If Mike Bell stays healthy, the Chiefs have a set of ends—Bell and Art Still—as good as any in the league. The secondary is terrific, and it should get even better as third-round draft choice Lloyd Burruss works his way in at strong safety. The offense was the worst in the NFL, statistically, last year. The line couldn't cut it, and there was a strong difference of opinion about the ability of the No. 1 draft, Guard Brad Budde. That conflict led to the eventual firing of very popular Line Coach Joe Spencer, who's now with the Saints. The quarterbacking is in young hands, Bill Kenney filling in for a month or so while Steve Fuller recovers from a knee injury. The draft produced instant offensive help, particularly two tight ends, South Carolina's Willie Scott and Southern Mississippi's Marvin Harvey, each of whom is better than what was there, plus a dashing little running back named Joe Delaney. The question is, how much does this club want it?
No attitude problems on the SEATTLE Seahawks. Johnny Kai won't allow it. Who's Johnny Kai? The new motivation coach, a former Green Beret instructor who has the players growling that they're tough. Seems that this system had a tryout in Vietnam.
Now if Kai could find the Seahawks some offensive linemen, they'd have it made. Last year the sack total jumped from 23 to 51, and QB Jim Zorn wore the haunted look of a man pursued by demons. When Halfback Sherman Smith went down with a knee, the offense went kaput. After a tentative start Smith seems to have regained his old form, but Guard Tom Lynch, one of the few big league linemen on the team, is a holdout, so darker days may lie ahead. As the offense was dying last year, though, the defense was coming on. And No. 1 draft Ken Easley, an instant starter at safety, should make that defense even better.