Kansas City Chiefs Week 14 Report Card: Grading Every Defensive Player

Bill Robbins@bill_kc28Correspondent IDecember 12, 2011

Kansas City Chiefs Week 14 Report Card: Grading Every Defensive Player

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    The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a tough loss to the New York Jets by the score of 37-10 in Week 14.

    It was a game where the offense failed to muster hardly anything against the stout Jets D, while the KC defense struggled mightily as well.

    Here are the grades for every Chiefs defensive player in this game.

DE Tyson Jackson

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    The third-year DE had a good day against the run for the Chiefs in Week 14.

    He finished with eight solo tackles, with many of them on rushing plays.

    Jackson continues to struggle with getting pressure on the QB, and that is why he is still a work in progress at this point.

    Grade: B-

DT Kelly Gregg

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    The veteran defensive tackle did hardly anything in this game.

    He had only two tackles and didn't get much push against the Jets offensive line.

    In games like this one, Gregg needed to be the anchor of this defensive line, and he failed to do so.

    Grade: D

DE Glenn Dorsey

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    Glenn Dorsey had a game similar to that of his old teammate at LSU, Tyson Jackson.

    The former first-round pick racked up nine tackles, but once again no sacks.

    He played a decent game, but just like the rest of his defensive line teammates, he needs to get better at putting pressure on the QB.

    Grade: B

ILB Derrick Johnson

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    Johnson was once again the star of the Chiefs defense on Sunday.

    He had 12 total tackles and a fumble recovery from his inside linebacker position.

    The former University of Texas star easily has been the most consistent performer on the Kansas City D this season.

    Grade: A

ILB Jovan Belcher

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    Belcher did absolutely nothing in this game.

    He made little to no impact on run defense, picking up just two solo tackles in the contest.

    KC will need better play at of Belcher at this position going forward if their defense is going to become elite in the future.

    Grade: D

OLB Tamba Hali

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    Other than teammate Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali was the only linebacker to enjoy a good day for the Chiefs in Week 14.

    The Pro Bowl OLB had seven total tackles and one big sack of Jets QB Mark Sanchez that forced a fumble.

    Hali is now up to nine sacks for the season, and it looks like he will once again lead the team in that area for the third straight year.

    Grade: B+

OLB Justin Houston

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    Linebacker Justin Houston showed some flashes of greatness in Week 14 against the Jets.

    However, he also showed that he is still a rookie and is still learning in this league.

    He concluded the afternoon with three tackles, a sack and some shoddy pass coverage as well.

    Grade: C+

CB Brandon Flowers

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    The Chiefs' star cornerback had an up and down day for the KC defense.

    On one hand, he had four tackles and two very nice pass deflections.

    On the other, he was beaten several times in pass coverage and was penalized a couple of times as well.

    Grade: C

CB Brandon Carr

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    Brandon Carr actually played the best of any KC defensive back in Week 14.

    He wound up with a team-high three pass deflections and a tackle for his efforts in the contest.

    Carr is starting to come into his own as a starting CB in this league and is proving more and more why the team needs to lock him up to a big deal in the offseason.

    Grade: B

S Kendrick Lewis

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    Lewis made a few nice plays in this game, but overall it was not one of his better performances this season.

    He got seven tackles from his CB spot, and also was flagged for a big penalty in the third quarter that helped sink the Chiefs.

    The former Ole Miss star is still learning in just his second year in the league, and Sunday's game was just another sign of that.

    Grade: C

S Jon McGraw

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    Like the rest of the KC secondary, McGraw struggled in this game.

    He ended up with four tackles and that's it.

    The Chiefs couldn't be happier to get Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry back next year.

    Grade: C-

The Rest

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    As for the rest of the Chiefs' defensive players, I'm only handing out grades to safety Sabby Piscitelli and cornerback Javier Arenas, since they were the only two non-starters that saw a lot of action in this game.

    Obviously, the rest of the players who saw action will receive an incomplete grade from me.

    Arenas did record a sack, but struggled mightily in coverage for KC.

    Grade: C

    Sabby didn't play well again, and had a really tough time covering many of the Jets' weapons in their passing attack.

    Grade: D

    The following defensive players received incomplete grades in this game:

    Wallace Gilberry

    Demorrio Williams

    Amon Gordon

    Travis Daniels

    Andy Studebaker