When the Chiefs announced Frank Clark would not be playing after all, it put a lot of pressure on the defensive line to adjust. Both Alex Okafor and Mike Danna were tasked with replacing him and that wasn’t easy when the team they were facing in the Browns has arguably the single best offensive line in football.
Early on, the results weren’t good. In fact, they were ugly. Baker Mayfield had plenty of time to do as he pleased while the Chiefs were searching for any signs of life in the pass rush. But there’s a reason they play all four quarters.
As the game went on and adjustments were made, Danna was part of the solution to creating some misery for Mayfield and the rest of the Browns offense. It took some time (and the defense took its licks in general) but Danna was a very important part of creating some push up front that led to two sacks for Chris Jones as well as other hurried plays for Mayfield.
As a second-year player learning to play inside and outside, Danna’s growth curve and versatility came in handy when it mattered most and he should only get better with more experience.