Chiefs DE Wallace Gilberry is hosting a camp at his former high school and talked this week about what he wants to teach the players. In Chiefs style, he stressed leadership and doing the fundamentals. He also dropped this little nugget:
"There has been some talk of moving me to linebacker," Gilberry said. "I am a defensive end, but I would play where I am needed."
Gilberry is a defensive end and has shown more ability to get to the quarterback than any of the other defensive ends so I could see the Chiefs reasoning for thinking about giving him more time at linebacker.
He's 6'2" and 268 pounds so his size would suggest linebacker might even be a better fit.
I think this is a situation where the Chiefs realize Gilberry is a good football player so they want to get him on the field. Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are the starting defensive ends without question so Gilberry would need to find another position to get on the field more often. He came in on a lot of nickel packages in 2009.
He's also one of the Chiefs better pass rushers, a major area of concern in 2010. He was second on the team with 4.5 sacks in 2009. That's 3.5 more than Dorsey and Jackson combined.
So if the Chiefs were to do this, it would make a lot of sense and hold true Todd Haley's philosophy that the Chiefs are about getting as many good players on the field as they can.