Tamba Hali's Return Can Lift The Chiefs

KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 31: Andy Studebaker #96 and Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate after a tackle during the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 31 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KC Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel talked on Wednesday about the return of Tamba Hali and the impact that would have on the team. He really nailed it the way he described it, almost like a rising tide like Tamba raises all boats.

"I think the way he approaches the game and the way he plays down-in and down-out, that impacts the guys around him," Crennel said of Tamba, "because I think they want to play up to the level that he plays. If we can get guys playing up to the level that he plays, then you can lift the team."

You can tell Crennel loves him some Tamba. Derrick Johnson said Hali "is our best player on defense," via Dave Skretta of the other AP. Everyone seems to love Tamba.

Those who don't love Tamba likely include the Buffalo Bills, the Chiefs' opponent this weekend.
I asked Brian over at Buffalo Rumblings, my favorite non-Chiefs SB Nation site, what tweaks to the Bills offense we'll see this week and he says the team is still breaking in a right tackle.

"You're likely to see the Bills use two right tackles this week," Brian said. "Erik Pears, the starter, is being eased back into the lineup after he missed most of the pre-season recovering from off-season hernia surgery. Last week, he took about two-thirds of the offensive snaps, with Chris Hairston taking the other third. You can expect more of that this week, which could spell good things for the return of Tamba Hali."

Tamba's usually lined up over the left side but he moves all over the place depending on the matchup.
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