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Kansas City Chiefs Front Seven Evaluation: NFL Week 15


Hey everyone,  after a long break, I'm here to bring you the KPM for the St. Louis Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs game last week.  The defense gave up a couple big drives, but in all, performed very well.  As always, the rating system is located here.  Let's get to it!


  • 41.9% of the time, the Chiefs were in the base 3-4 defense.

  • 58.1% of the time, the Chiefs were in the nickel formation.

  • 20.8% of the time, the Chiefs blitzed a linebacker or safety.

  • The second play of the game, Belcher had the running back covered behind the line of scrimmage. He tried to arm tackle the running back and missed. He's got to do a better job of getting his body behind the tackle and wrapping up.

  • The third play of the game, the quarterback ran a bootleg and the running back rolled into the flat in front of him. Lewis ran a delayed blitz and went after Bradford. Tamba was caught between rushing the passer and covering the running back, and it resulted in a big pickup on 3rd down.

  • DJ is looking fast after a bad first drive. He's getting the the point of attack in a hurry and making stops.

  • Fantastic pass break up by DJ on a 3rd and 8 blitz. He got in and got his hands up in front of the quarterback to knock the ball down.

  • Great job by Dorsey and McGraw on a 1st and 20 in the second quarter. Dorsey knifes through the line and forces a quick throw on a screen pass. McGraw started towards the quarterback, but delayed, seeing the screen develop. Because it was a forced throw and because McGraw recognized the development, it resulted in an incomplete pass. A split second later, and it might've been an easy pick six for McGraw.

  • The very next play, Tamba beats his man on an inside swim and gets to the quarterback just a shade too late. He forced a quick throw that resulted in an incompletion and he put Bradford on his back.

  • Side note: I really like Tamba's dark eye-shield. He doesn't really have that "I'm going to hurt you" look in his eye when he's rushing the passer, but the dark shield makes him look much more menacing.

  • And the very next play was sheer determination by Gilberry. He was held the entire time he was attempting to get through the line, and it looked like Bradford was going to step up into the pocket and deliver a strike. However, Wallace shook the hold and got back to the quarterback and made a beautiful sack.

  • What a punt by Colquitt! He boots it from the 17 yard line into the endzone, and it results in a 63 yarder. Clutch field position change there. It was in the air a whopping 73 yards!

  • Critical stop by the defensive line early in the 2nd quarter. It all starts with a line shift towards Dorsey. Tyson commands a double team, and Ron cuts inside, grabbing his man and holding towards Dorsey's man. Belcher fills the open gap and forces the running back towards Tamba and Dorsey. Dorsey knifes past his man and brings the running back down for a loss. Textbook formation shift stop.

  • Nice 1st down play by the linebacking crops. Vrabel gets by his man and forces a quick throw from the quarterback (and also puts Bradford on the turf) and DJ reaches across his body to break up the pass. He came very close to intercepting it.

  • Throughout the 3rd quarter, Tamba and DJ were everywhere. Lots of quarterback pressures from Tamba, and great coverage and gap destruction from DJ.

  • I don't know if it's a superstition, but I see Jovan start to run onto the field, then flip and run backwards a couple steps, then flip around again. The broadcasts this year have caught a couple of them.

  • Great delayed blitz call with the Rams backed up against the goal line. Berry came late and nearly avoided the backfield blocker. Instead he just barely overshot the quarterback for what would have been a safety. Carr had a beautiful pass break up on what would have been a sure first down on that very same play.

  • Tamba with a killer pass break up in the 4th quarter. He beat his man, got into the backfield, and got his hands up to stop it before it started.

  • DJ gets to yet ANOTHER pass on a blitz in the 4th quarter. He's playing out of his mind, and is everywhere!

  • DJ got his bell rung a little bit in the 4th quarter on a tackle. He seems to be moving a bit slower after that play.

  • DJ's ringer was most evident on Jackson's touchdown run. Dorsey took a nice double team, leaving a gap for either DJ or Demorrio to step up into, and both froze and watched. DJ reacted, but took the wrong gap, and Demorrio watched the runner go right by him. Both get penalized for the touchdown.

  • Gilberry's second sack of the day was a great overall effort to get past a blatant hold and get himself a strip sack. He was double teamed and held around the head, yet he still got through.

  • AND AGAIN!!! Wallace blows by his man and gets to the quarterback quickly. Back-to-back impact plays by Gilberry! Tamba was just a shade behind him, too...Bradford had no chance.

The KPM's:

Glenn Dorsey

Dorsey quietly had himself an impact week.  He commanded several double teams, got into the backfield, and made a couple tackles for loss and no gain.  He was really set up well by the NT/DE combinations and made the most of his opportunity.  It's great to see Crennel put him in the position to succeed.


Overall KPM: 13 Points

Snaps: 56

KPM/Snap: 0.236


Tyson Jackson


Tyson played quite a bit last Sunday, and played pretty strong.  He commanded four double teams and forced a penalty and generally made a nuisance of himself and the matchup schemes he presented.


Overall KPM: 10 Points

Snaps: 23

KPM/Snap: 0.435

Ron Edwards

Ron's was strong, but had a couple lapses in play that prevented him from having a great day.  While he grabbed six double teams, he let three free men through.  Still, he made several good stops and played like an above average nose tackle.


Overall KPM: 8 Points

Snaps: 24

KPM/Snap: 0.333

Wallace Gilberry

So...this Wallace guy is pretty damn good.  A ridiculous three sacks, two quarterback pressures, and a forced fumble is a killer day for any player, let alone a backup.  He has rushed the passer so well from the nickel defensive end/defensive tackle all year, and it culminated in a career day.


Overall KPM: 23 Points

Snaps: 37

KPM/Snap: 0.622

Shaun Smith

Shaun got a large number of snaps, but only recorded one double team and one free man.  His fullback play was better than his defensive end play this week.  =)


Overall KPM: 0 Points

Snaps: 21

KPM/Snap: 0.000



Mike Vrabel


Vrabel started off well with a quarterback pressure, but got lost in coverage several times.  Yet another forgettable performance from Mike.


Overall KPM: 0 Points

Snaps: 28

KPM/Snap: 0.000


Tamba Hali


Tamba had arguably the greatest impact on the game of any defensive player.  He was in the backfield all the time and forced the quarterback to get rid of the ball quicker and quicker until he had happy feet.  He came so close to extending his career high in sacks several times, but didn't ever execute.


Overall KPM: 17 Points

Snaps: 65

KPM/Snap: 0.262


Derrick Johnson


DJ's KPM line is an assortment of good and bad.  Eight gap fills, one missed gap, one late gap, four passes broken up,  one successful coverage, one quarterback pressure, one tackle for no gain, and one touchdown given up.  For the most part, he played very, very well.  However, the first drive and the touchdown drive gave him a couple of negative plays.


Overall KPM: 14 Points

Snaps: 65

KPM/Snap: 0.215


Jovan Belcher


Jovan filled gaps well enough, but was again a liability in coverage.  He also had a missed tackle that would've stopped the Rams' first drive dead in their tracks.


Overall KPM: 1 Point

Snaps: 28

KPM/Snap: 0.036


Andy Studebaker


Studebaker played pretty well in the nickel, with two quarterback pressures and a forced dropped pass.  He didn't have the Rams run at him, so evaluating his run defense wasn't capable this week.


Overall KPM: 6 Points

Snaps: 29

KPM/Snap: 0.207


Demorrio Williams


Demorrio's impact this week was freezing on the running touchdown and not filling the gap.


Overall KPM: -4 Points

Snaps: 12

KPM/Snap: -0.333





Defensive Line:


This Week's KPM
This Week's KPM/Snap
Wallace Gilberry 23 Wallace Gilberry 0.622
Glenn Dorsey 13 Tyson Jackson 0.435
Tyson Jackson 10 Ron Edwards 0.333
Ron Edwards 8 Glenn Dorsey 0.236
Shaun Smith 0 Shaun Smith 0.000




This Week's KPM
This Week's KPM/Snap
Tamba Hali 17 Tamba Hali 0.262
Derrick johnson 14 Derrick Johnson 0.215
Andy Studebaker 6 Andy Studebaker 0.207
Jovan Belcher 1 Jovan Belcher 0.036
Mike Vrabel 0 Mike Vrabel 0.000
Demorrio Williams -4 Demorrio Williams -0.333


And now, time for Kalo's MVP of the Week! This week, it's WALLACE GILBERRY!


This wasn't quite as easy as I thought it would be.  Sure, Wallace pulled it down, but DJ and Tamba both played very, very well.  Still, Wallace was everywhere and put in an impact performance.

Have a great day everyone, and thanks for reading!


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