Tyson Jackson is worth keeping around for the key reason that he destroys San Diego. In the last three games vs San Diego he has a combined 17 tackles and 1 sack. For a 3-4 DE that draws double teams and has had two washed up NT's next to him, he has wreck havoc. To dominate like that against what is considered to be the Best in the West shows his ceiling is higher than most give him credit for. He seems to just dominate San Diego when they run to his side. If he had a LB behind him that was half as good as any of the LB's on Bal or Pitt that player would have 15 tackles and 3 sacks a game.
Tyson Jackson is the second most hated on Chief behind none other then Matt Cassel. Now my opinion on Matt Cassel will be saved for another day. For now lets focus on the man of the hour Tyson Jackson. More after the jump.
Now im not saying he's the best DE in the League or even a good one but if he could string together games like the ones he plays against San Diego he could be a rock for our Chiefs. The man has had issues on the field, off the field and everything in between which I think has caused most of us fans to lose focus on the facts. He may have been picked a little high but that doesn't mean he wasn't dominate and a total stud coming out of LSU. He also has always shown flashes of dominance and has the perfect size and ability for the position.
Many people around here have suggested cutting him or trading him or just flat out REPLACING him. The truth of the matter is 300 pound 6'2" DE's don't just grow on trees and the one's that are good get locked up quickly see Haloti Ngata's deal. Sometimes you don't need studs at every position in a 3-4 defense. Problem is other than Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson we don't really having anybody in our front 7 that could even be considered solid and consistent.
Now look at Pitt and Bal you can probably name almost everyone of there front seven and your not even one of their fans. Ray Lewis, Haloti Ngata, Suggs, Terrence Cody, and Jarret Johnson. There used to be Bart Scott, Gregg, and Pryce to round out that front 7. Pitt has James Harrison, James Farrior, Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, and Casey Hampton. Now look at our front 7 and tell me one player that is better than any of those guys? Tamba is best pass rusher of all those guys but not on the same level of run stopping as Harrison or Woodley. DJ is the best at covering among those players but again doesn't lay the wood or bring the leadership that a guy like Lewis or Farrior does.
All in all Jackson is a starter for most 3-4 teams and we are lucky to have a guy of his caliber on our team. Plus if he plays like he did last week we got us a stud in the making just ask Kalo or read his Front 7 evaluation from last week. Tyson Jackson at this point is un-replaceable especially with the awful depth at DE we have.