Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dezman Moses (54) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Reserve Linebacker Dezman Moses on Replacing Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a loss against the San Diego Chargers earlier today, but the biggest loss was perhaps the injury to their leading pass rusher, Justin Houston who currently has 11 sacks on the season. When Houston went down, reserve linebacker Dezman Moses was asked to step into that role. After the loss, Moses was asked if the coaches asked him to do the same things that Houston would have done.

“Yes, you still have to play the defense. It’s a scheme. I have to do a better job of preparing so that Coach (Bob) Sutton can call every defense that he feels comfortable with me running. With me and (Frank) Zombo in there, we haven’t had a ton of reps. You want the coach to have confidence in you that he can call any defense, and you can run it. That just goes with preparation.”

If Houston misses any amount of time, Moses will have to get those reps in practice. There is no time off and the Chiefs have to turn around and host the current No. 1 team in the AFC West, the Denver Broncos. The combination of Hali and Houston weren’t able to touch Peyton Manning in Denver last week. I don’t think anyone is betting that Zombo and Moses will get to him next Sunday, but hey…stranger things have happened.

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  • Michael Shaw

    Hate to be a debbie downer, but if they don’t play our chances go from slim to none in a hurry!!!!

    • tm1946

      Might be more “realistic” than downer. But if H2 never play another down, there will be football and someone, some where will step up. Only problem I have is losing to SD and Denver because they are our competition in our division, double hit.

      • Michael Shaw

        I am honestly more upset at losing to Denver. I REALLY wanted that damn game. I figured the Chargers might come in and play their asses off. Let’s face it, they had lost three in a row and weren’t going to lose a fourth to us.

        • tm1946

          Even at 9 wins, I was not sure the Chiefs were playoff worthy. Loved the wins but seemed the worst of the best of the NFL. As for SD game, bad loss because they are in our division, killer in tie breaker against Denver.

          Now next Sunday, honestly, unless Manning does not play, we do not have a chance in hell UNLESS this turns out to be a “trap” game for Denver. They beat us, they lost to NE, they got Manning, and an ego bigger than the Rockies. That stinks of trap game. If Smith takes the team on his back, with no stress and carries the team for tds, if Sutton can find some kind of pass rush, if special teams can score a td…..lastly, every member of the Chiefs has to give 125% for 3 hours, the defense has the mental set of “I am not leaving this field for the entire game and do not care if our offense every sets foot on this field TODAY”…. just a glimmer of a chance.

          • Michael Shaw

            I don’t like how many IF’s are in that paragraph!!! LOL!!!

  • paul pace

    I don’t think it matters who is in there next Sunday. I watched the Denver and NE game and it appears there will be no way of stopping Manning. I wouild have had a different attitude before Sunday’s game at Arrowhead, but after seeing our defense give up 41 points to SD I just think the Chiefs are not going to stop Manning. If a team loses the way the Chiefs did Sunday in their house then I will assume Manning will come into KC and score at will. Although, you know the old saying, “on any given Sunday,” still holds up in the NFL today. We, as fans, can only hope!

    • jacati

      Not sure what game you were watching but I would venture to say that the Patriots stopped the hell out of Manning. He only had a whopping 150 yds passing for the game. He’s still a dome boy Imo. Hopefully we get back at least one of the two H’s for the game. With the temps and the crowd noise I believe he’s going to have another tough outing.

      • paul pace

        I was watching the same game you were and Kansas City is not NE. We couldn’t get to Manning the first time KC played the Broncos and I doubt we will be able to get to him Sunday at Arrowhead, especially if we don’t have our two best rushers in the game. Even getting back one of them still may not be enough. I truly hope I am wrong and I will gladly eat my words if it turns out differently!