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?