“I got a chance to see some of the better players in this league,” said Hali about his experience at the 2011 Pro Bowl last January. “(You) go against them and compare yourself, and actually talk to guys like Dwight Freeney who has been an elite pass rusher in this league. Just talking to him and seeing where his mind is and how he prepares for games (was fun).”
It won’t be long until younger players approach Hali for advice. The seven-year veteran totaled 12 sacks in 2011, which followed a 14.5-sack campaign in 2010, and he said that his Pro Bowl experience would help him improve in 2012.
The Chiefs have their own ways of creating matchups offensively. Dwayne Bowe is a near clone of Roddy White, and could easily pick on our corners. I feel that Asante Samuel would be able to keep him in front just long enough to prevent him beating us for a big play, but Bowe will still get his catches. The other receivers are Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin, one who is a reliable slot receiver, and the other who is a second year player with a lot of potential who has a bit of a focusing problem. If QB Matt Cassel has time to deliver the ball, these receivers can make things happen. That being said, Cassel is the type of QB that the Falcons can eat alive, especially with a player like Samuel who can bait him into bad throws that become turnovers.