Nov 18, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is pressured byKansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe (92) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Will The Kansas City Chiefs Defense Feature The "Poe/Powe Brothers"?

The Kansas City Chiefs cleaned house this offseason. They have a new GM, a new head coach, new coordinators with new schemes on both sides of the ball, a new starting QB, etc. Whenever a team has that type of turnover, no player who was part of the old regime is safe. The Kansas City Chiefs have already parted ways with several players that old GM Scott Pioli brought to town. Former starting QB Matt Cassel was shown the door, as were other key players like Eric Winston and Javier Arenas. Once training camp comes and goes and the roster cuts begin, its very likely that KC fans will see other players from the old regime sent packing. Up until recently, I thought there was a good chance that Jerrell Powe might be one of those players.

Most Chiefs fans love Jerrell Powe. I’ll admit, I’m among them. What’s not to like? On a team that was desperate for a NT, he was a proven player from the SEC with the prototypical size/strength for the position. You add to that the personal story of perseverance that Powe has (he suffers from dyslexia and was deemed ineligible 3 straight years before finally becoming eligible for Ole Miss) and it’s almost impossible not to pull for the guy.

However, none of that changes the fact that Powe is a 6th round draft pick by the old regime that has only been active in 10 games over his first two seasons and recorded a whopping 6 career tackles. The selection of Dontari Poe at #11 overall pushed Jerrell down the depth chart and thus far he hasn’t been able to beat out Anthony Toribio either. Despite his status as a fan favorite, players with that resume shouldn’t exactly feel safe with their place on the roster, especially with a new regime in town. You add to that the fact that Powe is seen as more of a typical 3-4 run stuffing NT and the Chiefs are now going to be running more of an attacking style defense under defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and things look even less certain for Powe in KC.

However, on Sunday Chiefs Insider Reid Ferrin posted a piece on titled “Chiefs Defense “Buying Into” New System”. I almost didn’t read it. I figured it would just use some of the same quotes we’ve already heard from KC players saying that they’re really excited about the new “attacking” system and maybe some quotes from Sutton saying he’s happy with their progress so far. Some of that was in there, but to my pleasant surprise the middle section of the piece focused on the “Poe/Powe Brothers”.

It started with a quote from Sutton:

The entire d-line, the Powe/Poe brothers (Jerrell and Dontari), both of them, Powe and Poe, they’ve both done a good job

It didn’t stop there. It also included some quotes from other defensive linemen:

The strong play of Chiefs DL Jerrell Powe and Chiefs NT Dontari Poe isn’t solely being recognized by the team’s coaches.

“The Powe/Poe brothers,” Chiefs DT Daniel Muir said. “Both of them are extremely powerful; Dontari is a little bit quicker, but they’ll both be great against the run. Great, great defensive tackles against the run.”

Fellow Chiefs DL Marcus Dixon also spoke to what the Powe/Poe brothers bring to the defensive line.

“The Powe/Poe brothers mean a lot to this defense because they’re both very big and athletic,” Dixon said. “They’re definitely going to stop the run and also get to the quarterback.”

Ferrin then asked each of the “Poe/Powe Brothers” what they thought about what their coach and teammates said about them. Dontari responded:

“It’s good,” Poe said. “We’re both kind of young guys, but we both have a big part in the defense; so, we’re both ready to step in and do what we have to do for this “D”. I like it.”

Then Jerrell added:

“It makes me feel good,” Powe said. “Me and DP talked about it, kind of being similar as the Williams brothers, who played for the Minnesota Vikings; just trying to take on that role as being the dominant force up front, so, I think it’s cool, coach called us brothers.”

In my opinion this is very good news for any KC fans that were hoping to see Jerrell Powe have an increased role in the Chiefs defense. Despite blogs like this one being full of comments about how the “Poe/Powe Brothers” will anchor the middle of the defense, this is the first time we’ve seen anything from the Chiefs that Jerrell may be in their long term plans. The fact that the new coordinator is not only complimenting the two of them, but referring to them as a pair is a good sign. The fact that some of the new players like Muir and Dixon who may be in competition with Powe for a roster spot are talking about his role in the defense is also a good sign. Dontari’s quote about them both “having a big part in the defense” really stood out to me.

I don’t know if KC’s “Poe/Powe Brothers” will ever perform on the field like the Vikings “Williams Brothers” (Pat and Kevin) that Jerrell Powe listed as role models. However, we at least now have confirmation from the team that both Poe/Powe(s) seem to be in their plans for this season. For fans that have been screaming for that to happen since both of these guys came to town that has to be good news. I know I’m pulling for both of them. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the matter in the comments below.

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  • steve james

    At the very least it is solid depth. Keeping bodies fresh is key to games later in the year.

  • berttheclock

    Interesting comparison to the Williams “Brothers”. Kevin Williams was a 1st round pick (Ninth pick) and an instant success with 10.5 sacks in his first season. However, Pat Williams was an UFA in ’97 who did not start a game until ’01. So, while, Poe didn’t exactly wow many in his early games, he did come on much better in the 2nd half of games and Powe may be similar to Pat Williams in the amount of time it has taken for him to improve his game. Perhaps, this will not bode well for Toribio, who was an UFA with Green Bay before being picked up by the Chiefs.

  • ArrowFan

    The Pow/e boys will make some noise this year in fact our D as a whole is poised to be dominate, look out Manning.

  • KCPauly

    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BigMark901

    Chiefs Chiefs Chiefs!

  • chiefdeorty

    I will admit that I have been a Powe fan even since I heard his story, I can’t help but pull for him and I also like Poe as well. I know we run a 3-4 but I wonder if Poe could play end and Powe play nose? Add Jackson and you have a lot of young power. Whatever they come up with I think we have the makings of a powerful line that should be able to collapse the pocket. I cannot tell you how ready I am for this season to get started.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    I knew it would take some time for Powe to make an impact. Hopefully we’ll see some positive signs this season.

  • Calchiefsfan

    This is exactly what I was hoping would happen. I have always felt that Powe, because of his learning disability, was going to take longer to develop, but once he did, look out. Imagine a goal line defense of nearly 700 pounds of power in the middle. Just one more piece of good news out of the Chiefs camp.