Three Questions: Kansas City Chiefs Linebackers

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Jan 23, 2014; Honolulu, HI, USA; Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera (left) and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) at practice for the 2014 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We are now 23 days away from the opening of training camp and the unofficial start of the 2014 NFL season. To help get us ready for the season we are asking three questions of every position group on the team to help get an idea of what to look for when training camp starts.

Today we take a look at the linebackers, a position group that has not received a lot of attention over the offseason but may be pivotal to the improvement of the team. Last season a lack of depth hurt what the Chiefs could do on defense. This especially become true when Justin Houston went out with an injury and Tamba Hali started running out of gas in the second half of the season. The response was to use a first round pick on pass rusher Dee Ford and a sign Joe Mays to replace the departing Akeem Jordan.

With that in mind, what are some of the questions surrounding the linebacker crew? Let’s digest.

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  • Billie Cabral

    Did I read this right? Catapano to the Offensive line??? Sure hope not!

    • Stan Colbert


  • Austin Moore

    I believe the inside linebacker position in the 34 defense is turning into a position that takes coverage skills to maximize. That’s why if Nico Johnson gets on the field we aren’t in great postition

  • Jason Mauzey

    I have to completely disagree with this assessment. If anything on defense will be as strong as our rushing and return game next year it will be our linebackers. Everyone’s biggest worries should come from the receivers and our secondary. If the pass rush stays strong that will relieve pressure on the secondary. So really that just leaves our receivers. To further analyze this I feel the slot will be fine with DAT and dressler. Lastly, I think the TE group won’t be game changers but production will be good enough to produce. I feel like the Chiefs D lives and dies with or LBs though.

  • Reggie Flenory

    The lb core will be interesting to watch nico johnson better do something other wise the chiefs will move on from hime nex yr

    • area

      Absolutely correct, but remember, Nico was injured (like all of Dorsey’s draft) last season. Johnson was drafted as a a project/developmental player so I’m guessing he has a little leeway.

  • Stan Colbert

    Doesn’t look good for Nico! Not a lot of depth, but 3 pro bowlers. Dee sounds good. Please extend Houston!

  • Roger Mihalko

    I think the Inside and outside are way different stories since we are playing a 3-4 base, with mods.

    Catapano gained 20 lbs of muscle and will be a Defensive End, not offensive line, and hopefully one of couple ferocious on that line (devito and bailey).

    Joe Mays is an injury queen, and best you can hope is he dosen’t get hurt. Your only sure thing at ILB is DJ, the rest are hopefulls, Maybe’s and we’ll see’s. Someone needs to step up from the half dozen or so we have in camp.

    OLB we are fairly good shape if they get Houston signed, with dee ford and Zombo there can be better mix of Mods to spell tamba and Justin.

    They need someone to Spell Poe too.

    I think they have more talent this year than last. I think more of this group fits the scheme. They also have the core players at each section of defense… Berry in secondary, DJ inside, Tamba Outside Poe and Devito inside.

    Just have to get to camp, shake out the bugs and shoot for top 10 defense.

  • Tony Parker

    Catapano to O line??? Where you getting this from Ben?