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. The inside linebackers were banged up last year, and need a solid rebound this season.
After talking about how the defensive line looks to be shaping up for the Kansas City Chiefs, it only makes sense to move on to the other part of the run defense. With training camp not far away, the Chiefs are looking at a pretty strong situation at inside linebacker. However, not everyone will agree with that.
The inside linebackers of the Chiefs were a popular whipping boy for fans and pundits who were upset with the run defense. I think that’s a bit of an unfair assessment, but I get the reasoning. In reality though, this is actually a pretty deep group with a solid mix of veterans and youthful potential.
The real source of woe in the Chiefs run defense was the inability of the line to command double teams in the trenches. That allowed interior offensive linemen to get out and block the inside linebackers. When you’re playing in a small area, having a 300+lbs lineman running at you free is not what you want to see.
Built For The Future
While the name everyone knows with this group is Derrick Johnson, the truth is that the strength of the interior linebackers lies with the future. The Chiefs have several young linebackers with a ton of potential to become excellent players very soon.
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