The Kansas City Chiefs will kick off their 2017 Training Camp on July 28th. Between now and then, we will break down all of the upcoming position battles. Next, we take a look at a Chiefs defensive line that has to get better against the run this season.
With Training Camp coming up at the end of the month, we’re continuing our previews of the Kansas City Chiefs roster with the defensive line. It seems strange to say with a group this individually talented, but the Chiefs need a better performance up front in 2017. That said, Kansas City definitely has the tools to make that happen.
First and foremost, the Chiefs need to figure out how to consistently stop the run. The Chiefs were 26th in the NFL in yards allowed, and 24th in yards per attempt allowed…yet somehow tied for 5th in rushing touchdowns allowed. That “bend but don’t break” mentality will only hold for so long.
Oddly enough, the good news on that front might actually be the loss of Dontari Poe as a free agent this year. Poe was very good at attacking and getting into the backfield. However, he struggled to hold and command double teams. That’s is a crucial element of stopping the run in a 3-4 defense. It’s also something that newcomer Bennie Logan excels at.
Finishing The Quarterback
The Chiefs front line will also need to get better at finishing sacks. Despite creating a good deal of pressure, the KC defensive line brought in just 6.5 sacks on the year. Don’t bother saying that’s not important, they had 14 sacks in 2016 and it definitely played a big role.
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