Kansas City Chiefs: Defense Analysis

Ron TepperCorrespondent IIMay 4, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - 2009:  Tyson Jackson of the Kansas City Chiefs poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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I have to admit that I dread entering this article, considering that all Chief fans know how weak the Chiefs Defense was this past year, but I think the following statistics and comments will shed some light on the topic

I did some research on player grades. These are scout grades and not the grading system which most fans are aware of. I will go down each player on the starting defense



Drafted No #3 in the 2009 draft overall, many people thought he was a reach. Based on how well he played last year I think they were right. His head wasn't in the game. Maybe he was spending most of his time thinking what he wanted to buy with his $30 Million.

There were 39 Defensive Ends who played in the 3/4. Jackson graded out dead last at No. #39.

Despite playing over 700 snaps, he recorded no quarterback sacks, was never used in coverage, and was ranked as the worst run defender of all Defensive Ends. No one was anywhere close. Known as a "hot and cold" player in college he needs to turn it up this year. Way up



Dorsey is a sad story.

A defensive tackle forced to play defensive end, he'll never reach his true potential as an end. If used correctly he could be a Pro Bowler. Being used as an end at barely six feet tall with short arms and little chasing speed, I feel bad for him.

All that being said, Dorsey finished at No. 17. He actually was third in the NFL in tackles at his position and only missed one tackle all year. He also was fifth in the NFL in QB pressures with 16.

Despite his pressures, he just lacks the speed outside to run down QB and  RBs, but give him an A+ for effort and unselfish play. He is easily my favorite player on this team. He's the ultimate "team player"



Edwards had a mediocre first season at Nose. Among 14 players with over 700 snaps at that position, he ranked No. 11. The good part is he was average against the run at No. Seven.

He was hardly a factor as a pass rusher and couldn't split the double team. He always gave maximum effort but should be a backup.

The Chiefs did not add a Nose Tackle in the draft. They should have if they want to play six guys out of position and run a 3/4.



For outside backers in the 3/4, Hali held his own. Out of 28, he ranked at No. 12. The reason for that high ranking was based on his quarterback sacks and pressures.

The bad side is that he ranked dead last against the run. He gives great effort but is too easily blocked. He also ranked almost dead last in pass coverage as. On a good team, he would be an end, or if playing Linebacker, would only play on passing downs.

Instead, Tamba Hali was on the field more than any Outside Linebacker in football. He never came off the field



Overall, Vrabel ranked right behind Hali at No. 13.

His strength was against the run, missing only four tackles all season. As a pass rusher he registered just three sacks. That now makes five for the last two years combined.

He was not penalized all season and was below average in pass coverage



Mays was horrible last season. After thrilling fans with a great preseason, his play in the regular season was downright awful.

Out of 64 Linebackers, he graded out dead last (No. 64.) Right at the bottom. He pressured the QB only two times, and led all inside linebackers with 16 missed tackles,  many of them resulting in touchdowns.

Considering his snaps, its was the worst percentage in football. His coverage skills were slightly below average.

He also doesn't maintain his gap responsibilities and is often suckered on play action. He needs to be replaced. NOW



Williams played inside last year.

Although he had 105 tackles, that is misleading because he plays a position where one is expected to have the most tackles.

He missed eight on the year, was a non factor as a rusher and was below average in pass coverage.

Just one more player being forced to play an alien position. Overall rating was almost as bad as Mays ranking No. 49.

 Jovan Belcher missed no tackles last year after making the switch from Defensive End in college.



Before getting injured he ranked at about average in the league. There was nothing that stood out.

When Page played as a rookie he was great in pass coverage and actually won two games for the Chiefs with end-zone interceptions. However, he was a horrible tackler.

In recent years his tackling has improved, but he stopped making big plays.

 My guess is he will start at SS this year next to Berry, although Berry might be playing all 11 positions on Defense this year if his fellow teamates don't do their jobs.



Carr played well for the most part. He's physical and has straight line speed but not alot of natural agility and plays a little stiff

Still, Carr graded out at No. 24 at his position out of 107 players. Most impressive is that he ranked #8 in pass coverage. He was solid against the run as well and missed only two tackles last year, a big reason for the high grade.

Even more amazing- He was on the field and played more snaps than any AFC Cornerback last year



Here we go.

Flowers graded out as the fifth best Corner-back in the league last year.

He actually graded out better in coverage but took a dip in run support, missing seven tackles. It should be pointed out, however, that he played hurt most of the season with an injured shoulder. He was only penalized two times last year and was quick to read and react.

 Javier Arenas is a similar type player who excelled in college for his tackling behind the line of scrimmage. He'll help this season

Flowers still ranked third among corner-backs in tackles and was among the leaders in defending the pass percentage, which is based on the number of completed pass in his direction on the field.


So, not much to brag about. With so many players not playing their natural positions what can you expect

One final note about Eric Berry. Although Berry is a great player he can't do everything. There were many who feel that Berry will be another Ed Reed

The difference is look at the Raven Defense. They have had one of the most dominating defenses in all of football since Reed arrived. With so much firepower and a dominating front seven, Reed could just sit back and play centerfield and make big plays. One could say the same about Troy P. in Pittsburgh

 Berry doesn't have that luxury with the Chiefs front seven.

Lets hope he isn't the only player who makes plays this year



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