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Kansas City Chiefs Front Seven Evaluation: NFL Week 12


Hey everyone,  I'm here to bring you the KPM for the Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs game last week.  Due to the offense getting out to a lead early, the front seven had a little less impact with the Seahawks become pass-happy.  As always, the rating system is located here.  Let's get to it!


  • 26% of the time, the Chiefs were in the base 3-4 defense.

  • 74% of the time, the Chiefs were in the nickel formation.

  • 20% of the time, the Chiefs blitzed a linebacker or safety.

  • The Chiefs started in the nickel this week, with Dorsey and Gilberry as down linemen and Vrabel, Tamba, Belcher, and DJ as linebackers.

  • Belcher starting strong, attacking the gap well on the first play, and getting a quarterback pressure on the second play.

  • Two blitzes right off the bat called by Crennel. That's a little bit surprising with Flowers out.

  • Great job on 3rd and short by Dorsey, Vrabel, Belcher, and DJ to blow up a running play and bring down the running back short of the 1st down marker.

  • On the first drive, no negative KPM was assigned. Great job all around by the front seven.

  • Ron blows up a play in the second drive! Both he and Dorsey commanded a double team, then Ron split his double and stood the running back up in the backfield for a tackle for loss!

  • Nice persistence by Shaun "Deep Freeze" Smith on his TD run. He kept the legs churning and punched it in!

  • Gilberry has been collapsing the pocket pretty much all of the first half. Not much out of Tamba, so Wallace has been a big factor.

  • Jovan gets to the receiver just a little too early in the first drive of the second half. It was close, but the flag was correct.

  • Shaun Smith may have gotten the sack, but Ron Edwards was the creator. Ron blew up his blockers, getting in the backfield and forcing the quarterback out of the pocket, leaving Smith with an easy disengage from the block and a sack.

  • It would seem over the past couple weeks that the defensive end rotations have been altered. Now Tyson and Smith rotate on the strong side, and Dorsey and Gilberry rotate the weakside.

  • Crennel is dropping Tamba into coverage quite a bit, leaving a three man rush on a good portion of plays. Unfortunately, he's not been very good in coverage.

  • Fantastic job by DJ to time his blitz appropriate and force a fumble in the 3rd quarter. He shot the gap perfectly, then hit the quarterback right as he turned and left the ball vulnerable. He stripped the ball and Tamba was right on it.

  • Very bad missed hold on Tamba on Seattle's late 4th quarter touchdown. Tamba spun to get past his blocker, and the tackle grabbed his jersey, preventing him from spinning directly into the quarterback. It may not have been a sack, but it definitely would have disrupted the pass.

  • Dorsey forced a pass from Hasselbeck late in the 4th quarter that DJ should have intercepted. He really should have had it.

  • Gilberry blows up a play by beating his man and tackling the running back for a loss late in the 4th. Simply beat his man with quickness and got into the backfield.

  • AND AGAIN! The very next play, Gilberry does it again, and this time, Belcher was right behind him. Both of them blew through the blocker and tackled the running back for another loss on 4th and short. Great stand by the front seven and Gilberry especially.

  • I'm not counting the last drive (one run followed by kneeldowns) in this week's KPM.

The KPM's:

Glenn Dorsey

Dorsey was an impact player this week, bringing pressure and getting into the backfield for a couple of big stops.  He was an anchor on the weakside as well, commanding a team high four double teams!  It's good to see back-to-back weeks of a solid performance after a couple of down weeks.


Overall KPM: 17 Points

Snaps: 47

KPM/Snap: 0.362


Tyson Jackson


Tyson didn't line up much in the 3-4, instead getting some late game nickel snaps.  As they were passing through most of this, he didn't do anything to record a KPM point.  He did collapse the pocket a bit, but his strengths are in the run game.


Overall KPM: 0 Points

Snaps: 7

KPM/Snap: 0.000

Ron Edwards

Ron's back on track!  He finally got himself into the backfield again, and didn't get himself shoved off the line!  He looked awful good in his limited snaps, and he is the first player to get more than 10 snaps to record a 1.077 KPM/snap for the game!


Overall KPM: 14 Points

Snaps: 13

KPM/Snap: 1.077

Wallace Gilberry

Gilberry was HUGE this week!  He was all over the place, and created some big plays.  All you need to look at is his three quarterback pressures, two tackles for loss, and three double teams to get an idea of his impact this week.  He was definitely in beast mode!


Overall KPM: 26 Points

Snaps: 33

KPM/Snap: 0.788

Shaun Smith

Shaun was another player to play well in limited time on the field, netting a sack after Ron created the pressure.  Right now, he's the better option at strongside defensive end.


Overall KPM: 8 Points

Snaps: 15

KPM/Snap: 0.533



Mike Vrabel


Vrabel wasn't really run at, and wasn't really thrown at.  It's hard to have an impact when the offense won't go at you.


Overall KPM: 1 Point

Snaps: 36

KPM/Snap: 0.028


Tamba Hali


Kind of sad from Tamba this week.  He really couldn't get to the quarterback and was dropped into coverage more than usual.  Unfortunately, his coverage skills are still lacking.  It's an off game from him that I'm sure he'll remedy.


Overall KPM: 3 Points

Snaps: 50

KPM/Snap: 0.060


Derrick Johnson


DJ was okay for the most part, but had one giant impact play.  He looked alright in coverage, but allowed his man to get open a couple of times.  In run support, he didn't have to do much because Jovan was all over that this week.  It really came down to him taking his blitz opportunity well and stripping the quarterback while sacking him.


Overall KPM: 13 Points

Snaps: 50

KPM/Snap: 0.260


Jovan Belcher


Jovan was solid on all fronts this week.  He did an excellent job of filling the gap in the run game, and has really improved his ability to shed the FB in the hole, creating more problems for opposing running backs.  He also looked really fast on his blitzes this week, chalking up three quarterback pressures.  Coverage still needs a little work, but there's not a whole lot I don't like about his game right now.


Overall KPM: 14 Points

Snaps: 36

KPM/Snap: 0.389


Andy Studebaker


Studebaker again saw the nickel snaps this week, but didn't do anything with them.


Overall KPM: 0 Points

Snaps: 3

KPM/Snap: 0.000


Demorrio Williams


Demorrio came back down to earth this week.  Lots of nickel snaps, very little pressure.


Overall KPM: 0 Points

Snaps: 11

KPM/Snap: 0.000






Defensive Line:


Wallace Gilberry 26
Ron Edwards 1.077
Glenn Dorsey 17
Wallace Gilberry 0.788
Ron Edwards 14
Shaun Smith 0.533
Shaun Smith 8
Glenn Dorsey 0.362
Tyson Jackson 0
Tyson Jackson 0.000



Jovan Belcher 14
Jovan Belcher 0.389
Derrick Johnson 13
Derrick Johnson 0.260
Tamba Hali 3
Tamba Hali 0.060
Mike Vrabel 1
Mike Vrabel 0.028
Andy Studebaker 0
Andy Studebaker 0.000
Demorrio Williams 0
Demorrio Williams 0.000


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


Wallace wins another one!  While big Ron Edwards had the greatest KPM/Snap, Wallace had the much greater overall impact.  He was everywhere and is slowly putting the league on notice that he's a force to be reckoned with.

Have a great day everyone, and thanks for reading!

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