Bye Week Review: Rotating Along the Defensive Line from The Mothership
Dontari Poewas known for being one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the NFL. But he was also the only one who played over 1,000 snaps last season, garnering 94 percent of them for the Chiefs.
This year, Poe has taken a slight breather and is only playing 86 percent of the Chiefs snaps. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has made a concerted effort to rotate the guys along the defensive line more this season.
"I think in the end, it has to be about the big picture," Sutton said of the rotating. "We have two guys in there, Dontari (Poe) and Allen (Bailey), who are amazing guys for their size because they really don't get tired. They could play every single snap but we're just trying to big-picture think this out and maybe get those guys a little rest.
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Retaining elite pass rusher Justin Houston remains a top priority for the Kansas City Chiefs, who attempted to get a deal done this summer, and they intend to renew negotiations with him soon, but a deal remains highly unlikely, sources said. Houston is one of the premier edge rushers in the game and with young rushers Von Miller and Aldon Smith being handcuffed by fifth-year options for 2015, and pass rushers currently on the franchise tag facing a diminished market (Greg Hardy via his upcoming domestic violence trial and Brian Orakpo from a poor start to the season), Houston remains very well placed in the market.
The Kansas City Chiefs do not have a game on the sixth Sunday of the NFL season, which means outside linebacker Dee Ford won't be pestered by reporters until Monday, more than a week after he became an Internet video sensation for one football non-play.
The Kansas City coaches had to report to work at the team's facility during the past week, though, so they were. During the Chiefs' game against the San Francisco 49ers last week, Ford appeared to run away from a San Francisco ball-carrier headed right at him.
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12. Kansas City Chiefs - Marcus Peters, CB, Washington: The Chiefs are desperate for help at cornerback and Peters is a fluid athlete who possesses physicality, tenacity and ball-skills. Teams will want to do their homework on Peters, who was suspended in Week Three for a sideline tantrum in the previous game. Peters, however, has been impressive since.