Chiefs Film Room: Dontari Poe is a beast
By Tarek Mavani
This is the type of play that is standard fare for Poe when he’s healthy and on his game. Here, Poe is lined up over the center in zero-technique which means he’s responsible for the gaps on either said of the center.
Poe’s size and strength are too much for the center (a theme throughout the game) and Poe doesn’t give up an inch when engaged. Poe is able to guide his man towards the hole, and once at the point of attack, Poe is able to shed the block and make the stuff for a minimal gain.
It’s been said countless times so I apologize for saying it again, but the stat sheet doesn’t come close to accurately reflecting the impact Poe makes. While Jaye Howard gets credit for the stop here, Poe deserves just as much credit for making it happen.
Poe is lined up on the right side of your screen and you’ll see he gets double-teamed by the RG and RT at the snap of the ball. Poe, being the superhuman that he is, takes them both on and manages to drive them towards the point of attack. When Poe’s on his game, he does things like that which don’t get nearly the attention they deserves. Like c’mon, two 300-pound linemen.
Plays like these show you just how complete a player Poe has become over the years. He doesn’t need to rely on his strength and try to overpower blockers constantly. His athleticism is now complimented with fantastic technique which allows him to make impact plays while exerting less energy. But when he does decide to go all Hulk on a defense, there’s not a whole lot they can really do about it.