Mar 13, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back De Anthony Thomas works out in front of NFL scouts during the Oregon Pro Day at the Moshofsky Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

John Dorsey: "It Is Not Your Dad's NFL Anymore"

John Dorsey has taken a little bit of heat for how he has approached the NFL Draft the last two years. Several of his picks were either not popular at the time or did not fill a specific need. For instance, many were not pleased with the selection of Dee Ford in the first round of this year’s draft, feeling the Chiefs should have either traded down or taken a wide receiver. Instead, Dorsey neither traded down or added a pure wide receiver.

What Dorsey has said since training camp last August was the Chiefs needed to get faster. This was evident in the second half of last season when the secondary had issues covering crossing routes and when Kansas City’s wide receivers had issues creating separation. Dorsey says he’s still targeting speed.

Via Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated’s MMQB:

“I think we’re getting faster,” Dorsey said. “We’ll continue looking for that. It’s not your dad’s NFL anymore. The field is stretched out so far, everybody runs and is so athletic in today’s game… I don’t think you can have enough of those guys in either Andy’s offense or Bob’s defense.”

Since last August the Chiefs have added guys like Marcus Cooper, De’Anthony Thomas, Phillip Gaines, and Ford – all players with excellent speed for their positions. This extends into what the Chiefs did in Dorsey’s first draft when he selected Knile Davis (4.37), Travis Kelce (4.61), and Sanders Commings (4.41). Free agent additions Chris Owens and Weston Dressler each run in 4.4s. And potential third string running back Joe McKnight ran a 4.40 at the NFL Combine coming out of USC.

Speed, speed, speed.

Much has been made about how big Seattle’s defense is in the secondary. What is not discussed enough is how quickly they get to the ball. Not only does Seattle have size to run down field but they get to the ball very quickly once the ball is caught. One of Denver’s biggest issues in the Super Bowl was they could not get the run-after-catch yards they were getting in all season.

Between the additions of Owens, Gaines, and Ford, plus the inclusion of a healthy Commings, the Chiefs are adding a lot of speed to their defense. This is, in a lot of ways, not your Dad’s Chiefs anymore.

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  • berttheclock

    One of the most important parts of Seattle’s win was the play of Walter Thurmond, their nickle back. Five eleven and he ran a 4.54 at his 2010 combine. Out of Oregon, Thurmond missed the last part of his senior season with a torn ACL. With the Seahawks, he suffered a High Ankle Sprain and another injury which caused him to miss some time. He was also suspended for 4 games by the league for a substance abuse problem. Yet, Seattle drafted him in the 4th round and stuck by him. That faith paid off in the Super Bowl and he kept jamming the Bronco receivers and dropping them shortly after their respective catches. If you can contain wide outs such as Welker and Hilton from racking up YACs, then, you can really throw off their game.

    Dorsey is putting a team together to beat the Broncos. Ironically, John Elway understands the great importance of the nickle back in the NFL, something many fans of the Chiefs believe is just a throwaway position. Find a quality nickle back and you will stop many offenses in the NFL.

    • freshmeat62

      Speed and jam ‘em at the line.

    • Calchiefsfan

      I have to believe Flowers is that guy. He really started coming on once he got a feel for the position. He was shutting down Tilton in the playoff game. Everything changed when Flowers went down. I’m hoping Cooper makes the big learning jump that a lot of rookies do so he can play one of the outside CB spots while Flowers stays inside to cover the slot.