Kansas City Chiefs: It's Now or Never for Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson
Problems on the defensive line are nothing new in Kansas City. Monday through Saturday, Arrowhead Stadium doubles as a graveyard for the careers of 300-pound run-stoppers.
The snowballing trend began when the Chiefs selected Ryan Sims sixth overall in the 2002 NFL draft. At 6'4", 315 pounds, North Carolina's defensive tackle was going to be the disruptive force that left offensive fronts in shambles like the Berlin Wall.
What will happen to Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson following this season?
Five seasons, 65 tackles and five sacks later, Sims was sent packing for Tampa Bay.
Since then, coaching changes scrolled westward on the ticker, ownership passed through the patriarchy and scheme numbers traded places.
But defensively, nothing has changed up front for Kansas City.
Glenn Dorsey was a surefire lock to be a one-man wrecking crew in the National Football League. His mountainous size, Herculean strength and picture-perfect technique hoisted his name amongst Heisman contenders.
On draft day, he headlined Mel Kiper's prospect list (ESPN). In college football, he was the last giant-sized game-changer before fans first Googled how to pronounce "Ndamukong."
Dorsey was originally slotted into Herm Edwards' 4-3 defense but was adapting to a 3-4 less than a year later.
Scott Pioli's first chapter as the Chiefs general manager began similar to Carl Peterson's last. In 2009, Kansas City paid an even heftier price by selecting Dorsey's former teammate, Tyson Jackson, No. 3 overall.
While Jackson's name didn't carry as much weight as his LSU predecessor, it still sparked comparisons to the likes of Richard Seymour.
Heading into 2012, the duo's combined seven seasons have produced a measly total of six sacks. They're primarily used as run-stuffers, yet the Chiefs annually post subpar numbers against opposing rushers. Thus far, the tandem has only accounted for one turnover in the NFL (Pro-Football-Reference.com).
The pair of defensive ends weren't drafted to be average, one-dimensional, front-line fodder. But, to this point, that's exactly what they are.
Dorsey normally holds his own but rarely sheds blocks. Jackson is often times the last player to exit his stance and gets shoved around like an annoying little brother.
Dorsey will be an unrestricted free agent following this year, and Jackson's restructured contract now expires after the 2013 season (Spotrac.com). If neither starter makes significant strides in 2012, two high-priced abodes will hit the Kansas City market.
Given their expectations, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are following the how-to guide for becoming busts.
With every dismal performance, their deposit slips are tinted a little pinker.
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