Dadi Nicolas, Tamba Hali gives Chiefs competition at pass rusher for first time in 2017
By Matt Conner
Give Ford time
The development of Kpassagnon and the additions of Nicolas and Hali could provide the Chiefs enough cover to just let Ford sit for as long as necessary. In fact, if Ford wants, he could have up to the next seven weeks to rest his back and let things heal properly. That’s not ideal, but it is possible and that’s important for a reason.
The Chiefs know that they still have to win the majority of their upcoming games, all against clearly inferior opponents, in order to make the postseason. They also have the chance to earn a first round bye, depending on what happens to the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots in the same time frame.
But let’s assume they have enough wins to make it and secure their AFC West title. These Chiefs are looking toward the postseason as the real season and they should be. Do enough now to get there and then do your real damage.
If the aforementioned trio of players can work alongside Justin Houston and provide enough cover for Ford to return completely healthy, the Chiefs could be looking at a stable full of healthy, disruptive players ready to hit the ground running at the perfect time.