I am hoping that the continued growth in some of our younger players and the change of scheme, will allow the chiefs to put more pressure on the opposing QB's. Here are a couple of quick thoughts on some of the candidates followed by a poll.
Tamba Hali- After 15.5 sacks in his first two years dropped to 3 sacks last year. He may have the most opportunity to rush the passer as he projects to play the "Predator" in Pendergast 3-4.
Derrick Johnson- I keep waiting for DJ to break out. At times this guy looks like he could be the best LB in the game and then he disappears. Hopefully the leadership of Thomas and Vrabel will help him reach his potential.
Mike Vrabel- Brings experience and 55 career sacks. He had a high of 12.5 sacks in 2007. How much will he rush the passer, and does he still have the explosiveness in those old legs to get the QB as he has in the pass.
Glen Dorsey- Last years high draft pick needs to step up. I think he will be a great player and his play last year was actually pretty solid considering that DT take a while to develop. The lineman in the 3-4 typically eat up blockers to allow the backers to attack the QB, but he does have the explosiveness to be a presence in the backfield.
Tyson Jackson- I think his job will be to occupy blockers, even more than Dorsey. He may get sack opportunities as QB move from pressure.
Bernard Pollard- Here is my dark horse. I doubt he will lead the team in sacks, but don't be suprised if he has 5+ sacks this year. Pendergast has shown he will bring safeties in passing situations. Pollard is tough and shows a knack for getting in the backfield. On punts this guy seems to have the power and speed to almost block the punt multiple times a game.