Chiefs’ Mike DeVito Talks About Dontari Poe, Tyson Jackson


The Kansas City Chiefs did their best to retain as many of their top free agents as they could, but one player that was allowed to depart was DE Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey’s replacement, former New York Jet Mike DeVito, is already hard at work helping  his new teammates learn defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s defense. DeVito played for Sutton for four years in New York.

“Yeah, it’s been a real blessing being in this defense for four years,” said DeVito. “When you’re coming to a new place, I’m sure that’s probably one of the hardest things is learning the playbook. So I really have been trying to help these guys, especially up front to get lined up, to get set. But these guys have got it. Tyson [Jackson], [Dontari] Poe, Dan Muir, these guys pick it up fast because they’re true professionals and you can see that in the classroom and on the field. So you don’t really have to say too much and that’s great because now these guys can get lined up and focus on what they’re supposed to do and not have to worry about the playbook.”

DeVito is expected to step in and start in Dorsey’s old DE spot. If the line remains the same as last year, he will play alongside two first-round picks in NT Poe and DE Jackson. According to DeVito, both players are exhibiting their talents and athleticism at OTA practices.

“Man, I’ll tell you. Poe, he reminds me of Kris Jenkins, just so big and so athletic,” said DeVito. “When he puts his hand down and gets going there’s just no stopping him. Tyson, just a complete player. A guy that can play the run, explosive with his hips, can rush the passer. Those guys are great to be around and I’ve learned a lot from them to try to implement some of the things that they do into my game.”

One area where all three of the Chiefs’ projected starting defensive lineman have struggled, is in the pass rushing department. Sutton’s defense is reportedly much more aggressive than former head coach and defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel’s scheme. It will be interesting to see if the varied blitz packages the Chiefs are expected to implement will help DeVito, Poe and Jackson create more pressure.

What do you think, Addicts? Will the Chiefs’ defensive line be better in 2013 than it was in 2012?

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  • Arrowhead Magic

    In this new scheme we’ll definitely see more sacks from our d-line. Poe will have a break out year, and Jackson will be playing for a new contract. I like how our defense and the whole team is shaping up. There’s no reason we can’t make it to the playoffs and make some noise.

  • BigGil

    I think Sutton’s attacking defense will help these guys with their pass rushing success some. Romeo’s system was a reactionary system and if the down situation could call for the offense to either run or pass I think he expected the DL to consume their blockers first in case of run, and if it turned out to be a pass, then try to fight through the blockers after a couple seconds of momentum has been lost and pass rushing becomes more difficult. In a system not so focused on reactionary defense, where the guys (or one or two of the guys) are given the go ahead to attack the pass right from the snap, there should be an increased chance at the DL getting to the QB. Nothing sucks more in the trenches than to be told to stuff the gap(s) in case of run first, and then if it looks like pass try to regain your momentum to blow the blocker, and thereby the gap, open (after just exerting yourself to seal the gap shut).

    • Colton

      That’s why its supposed to be the 3-4 Romeo was traditional. he was our d coordinator during a couple good years rushing the pass 2010 good players came from it tambas best years yet Houston is playing good Jackson seems to be Turning a corner I hope. Poe just needed to get used to nfl level play now he’s adjusted. Mike divito or (Danny) like everyone says is perfect for the blitzing man coverage scheme because he can take up blockers, and then have a substantial pass rush. With ss dr bf#1 on the outside taking care of business we will be a Nasty defense all we need is one more receiver but we will see if alex can bring out Baldwin mccluster and Avery cuz bowe is no worry we need Charles catching passes then

  • ArrowFan

    Gp get em boys it would be nice to see the 1st round guys live up to it.

  • chiefdeorty

    I can see a top 5 defense in these guys and if we have a top 5 defense. And if Alex can be the QB we are hoping he will be than we could easily see a top 10 or top 5 offense this year. I do think our o-line will be a top 10 line and that means a lot yards from the running back position. The passing game might be as good as it was with Trent Green, oh watch out donkeys the CHIEFS are on the WAR PATH.

    • poeforpres

      the D’s ranking will be a lot about what that O can do. if they can put up 20 a game, ball control, while Colquitt is putting 40 inside the 20 again, watch out. the D won’t be on the field as much, and when it is will be in a great position. could be really fun to watch. but it might take time, time they don’t really have.

  • poeforpres

    poe showed signs last year, he did some things that don’t show up in the stats, or were just inches from showing up, that maybe 4-5 guys in the entire league can do at his position. I can’t wait to see what they can do with him.

    Jackson is likely a 1 year guy. he will walk with albert at the end of the year, and KC will go into the offseason with 2 major holes, DE/T depth, but if fisher moves to LT and Stephenson to RT, it may just really be more about finding a starting DE in the first. Reid likes to get those guys in there.