As Dontari Poe whizzed by the Chiefs offensive line, Matt Cassel had to be thankful he was wearing a yellow jersey. That jersey – and the “non-contact” rules that come with it – meant Cassel could avoid a high speed collision with the 346-pound rookie defensive lineman that would’ve resulted in a surefire sack.
The 3-4 defense isn’t designed to pad the stats of nose tackles like Poe. But since it was installed, the Chiefs have bucked that trend with defensive linemen that can sack the passer while simultaneously eating up blocks for the linebackers behind them.
To celebrate our 50th year in Kansas City, the Chiefs are awarding one grand prize winner the opportunity to join Trent Green, Paul Burmeister, and the award-winning 65 Toss Power Trap Productions crew at Lambeau Field!
You’ll join us on the sidelines as our second half reporter during the Chiefs fourth and final preseason game as an integral part of the team that provides the Chiefs Kingdom with inside information on game day. Starting July 16th, contestants 18 and older can register by filling out an official entry form at www.kcchiefs50.com.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel says he’s looking forward to having Moeaki back because he is a great competition and has worked hard to come back. Cassel says that the Chiefs plan to utilize their tight ends a lot more in the coming season. He says the tight end is an important position across the league and Moeaki can block and catch the ball and that makes him an important part of the offense.
Former Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi will also be back with the Chiefs for his second NFL season. Cassel says he’s already seen a lot of improvement from Stanzi this offseason. “I think it was a great offseason for him, he had a great spring,” Cassel says. He says all the rookies were hurt last year by not having offseason workouts.
What I Like About You: The Chiefs are a very young and yet somewhat experienced squad. They’ve added key pieces on both O and D, will lay it on the line for their head coach and feature Pro Bowl players across the defense. Eric Berry and Jamaal Charles, two of the top players from the 2010 playoff squad, return from injuries.
What I Don’t Like About You: No player on the roster has been in the league for 10 years or more, the quarterback’s never won a big game in January, and the loss of Brandon Carr in free agency could sting more than anyone realizes