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On The Chiefs Pass-Rush, Or Lack Thereof

One of the most startling stats from the Chiefs’ 17-27 loss to the Denver Broncos was the lack of a pass-rush from Kansas City’s defense.

The Chiefs’ have made their name in 2013 by getting after the quarterback. Against Peyton Manning and the Broncos though, Kansas City wasn’t even able to snag one sack.

Head coach Andy Reid discussed the lack of a pass rush with the media recently, saying, “I think he (Peyton Manning) did a great job of getting the ball out fast.”

“To get to the quarterback in this league, it’s not only having good people to rush the quarterback, it’s a joint effort. You have to make sure you make life rough on them as far as covering the receivers,” Reid explained. “He was able to get us a couple of times. His third down production wasn’t very good, his quarterback rating was well below what he normally played at. We gave our offense a great opportunity to start the second half with; three in-and-outs right in a row, bang, bang, bang. We didn’t take advantage of that offensively.”

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“We lost the field position battle there, but we were right in the position to take care of business and we didn’t take care of business. I think he made the adjustment to get the ball out as fast as he could. It wasn’t his best day.”

“To answer your question, going back on the turnovers, yeah we want turnovers,” Reid said. “We had three chances, legitimate chances to catch the football and there was pressure on the quarterback. He had to make adjustments to get the football out fast and we were there to make the interceptions. They were just low scoops that you have to make. Those are the tough ones, but we’re very capable of doing that.”

Looking ahead to Kansas City’s clash with Denver at Arrowhead, if the Chiefs can find a way to get after Manning, there’s a good chance they’ll be able to win that game. It’s not as if Kansas City played bad in Denver. They just didn’t make enough plays to win the game.

The Chiefs are in Denver’s league, and they have at least one more chance to prove that.

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  • Jarad

    I think itll be a totally different story when Peyton comes to KC! Playing in Denver made everything so much easier for the Broncos offense. In KC Peyton will have a much harder time communicating at the line. Hopefully that will result in a few blown protections. I know the CHIEFS fans will bring it, and 91 & 50 will reward em with dominating performances!

  • toperspective

    The concern is not just the Denver game but in the last 3 games there has only been one sack.

    • Danny W

      Yep. Where’s the exotic blitzes that were getting Poe and Tin man some sacks too? You have to blitz the guy.

      • Chuck Burrell

        Poe and Jackson simply beat the inferior interior offensive lineman they were facing in 1 on 1 situations. It had nothing to do with scheme

        • calciomoti

          Did you watch those games? Those “inferior” offensive lineman were trying to block 2-3 players at the same time because of the dbs and lbs blitzing. So those linemen are inferior to Clark or Franklin ….who’s Clark & Franklin again?

          • Chuck Burrell

            Every dlineman at some part in every game is given 1 on 1 matchup. Offenses have specific schemes that call for this. My point being that our players have won that matchup in the past but haven’t as of late. Feel free to disagree, however that doesn’t make me incorrect. If you’d like I could teach you how to watch film correctly

          • calciomoti

            That’s funny Chuck, you got jokes today! I don’t disagree with your assessment with a dline getting 1 on 1, just disagree with how or why you say they won them. People did great but is now drawing major attention, and for whatever reason our defense is playing it safe now instead of attacking proof is in the last few games where we sent maybe 2-3 blitzes throughout the whole game….I just don’t understand it against anyone but the broncos, because manning releases so quick the nickel and dime packages were effective, but why would we continue to do that against the rest of the teams?

            I don’t need you to teach me anything about football, I’m just fine thanks for the offer though.

        • Danny W

          Chuck I know our lineman beat offensive lineman from time to time but when Tyson Jackson gets a sack it’s because the whole house is coming in to get the quarterback and the o line is overloaded. Sure there’s a random moment when our d line gets free, but they get free more when we blitz.

  • Chris Tarrants

    To be completely fair to Hali, he spent gave the night being strangled by the tackle! Not one flag flew, my only geuss is that the rule book says they can’t hold but it doesn’t say anything about the use off MMA choke holds

  • Calchiefsfan

    To be fair, it’s not really the defenses fault we didn’t win this game. Yes they should have made a few more plays but Reid is right, Manning was getting rid of the ball about as fast as a QB could. The Chiefs D was holding Manning pretty well especially the first 3 drives of the second half. It was our offense that couldn’t capitalize. You can only give Manning so many chances, I don’t care how good the defense is playing. Smith and company needed to get more sustained drives and more points. The O line gave him the time, they showed improvement. I would have liked to have seen more running plays called for Charles and Smith needs to do a better job of finding the open guy, long or short, and hit him on the numbers. That didn’t happen Sunday night. Let’s face it, Denver’s D isn’t that great, (not bad but not great), the Chiefs should have put up more than 17 points.
    Bottom line, The Chiefs D held Denver to their lowest total and Manning’s worst game of the year. The offense needs to step up. I’m counting on them to do that at Arrowhead.

  • berttheclock

    This does not answer the question of why their receivers were not jammed at the line of scrimmage.

    • mnelson52

      I agree. The reason Manning was successful was because he was able to get rid of the ball in 2 seconds. Otherwise he would have been sacked a few times. The pocket was moving back almost every play and our pass rushers were coming in almost every play, but without jamming them at the line, it allowed them to be open in 2 seconds for Manning to get rid of the ball. That is the reason for 0 sacks.