Glenn Dorsey adjusting to the 3-4 defense

August, 17, 2010
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Glenn Dorsey never pulled an Albert Haynesworth.

Like Haynesworth in Washington, Dorsey’s team switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defensive scheme in his second season with the club as it underwent a leadership change. Haynesworth made a stink all offseason before just recently getting on board.

Dorsey never made such an issue in 2009. He dealt with it. A year later he’s glad he did.

“It wasn’t easy last year, but I like the 3-4,” Dorsey said Tuesday after another grueling Chiefs’ training-camp practice. “I had never played it before. I was always a 4-3 guy so it was a change, but it feels good now.”

Dorsey was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2008 draft. He was considered a natural 4-3 player. But in Todd Haley’s system, he had to get used to the 3-4. The Chiefs are sticking with the 3-4 this year under new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.

Dorsey said there is a big difference this year because he has been in the system for a year.

“It’s a lot easier this year,” Dorsey said. “We can just go. I really like the 3-4 techniques. I still need to get better, but this year is a big difference.”

Dorsey has been somewhat of a disappointment in his first two NFL seasons. However, the team is hopeful he will further development and reach his massive potential after his second season in the new system.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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