Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Profile: Dontari Poe
It seems countless experts or anyone that enjoys the finer points outside skill position players has been waiting for the Kansas City Chiefs to finally put it all together — for years. KC had the look of a team on the up-and-up after their surprise AFC West title in 2010 before quarterback issues and various other issues felled them to consecutive ugly campaigns.
However, the defense is not immune to this criticism despite the horrendous output of the Chiefs offense, and played its own little role in the 2-14 finish last season. Perhaps this changes as a new regime comes to town.
“The entire d-line, Dontari Poe and Jerrell Powe, Mike DeVito obviously has come in and done a good job. I think the entire group up there has really embraced it,” said Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, via the team website.
As the previous quote unfolds, it all starts with Poe this offseason in Chiefs training camp. The franchise made a concerted effort to bolster this spot with their top pick in the 2012 draft and he could help this 34 front-seven really sing if he can make dramatic improvements in his second year out of Memphis.
Sutton took KC’s defensive coordinator job after serving as an assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the New York Jets, and could certainly see his specialty benefit from improved defensive line play. The Chiefs have been quite lackluster in the defensive line area and it has hampered an excellent linebacking unit that includes three decent 2013 All-Pro candidates in Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston and Tambi Hali.
If Poe can deliver on all the physical traits that made him an NFL combine sensation one year ago, then this Chiefs defense could elevate from decent to a level that takes great pressure off the offense.
“He’s easy to excited about,” said new Chiefs Coach Andy Reid, via ESPN. “He’s a big kid. He’s a real big kid. He is very athletic. He’s very intelligent. He wants to be the best. He has a strong work ethic. I think he is going to be a heck of a player. The sky is the limit for him.”
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