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The Chiefs were the worst pass-rushing team in the history of the NFL last year. So, what did they do to improve this massive weakness? Very little. Certainly Kansas City's pass rush wasn't the only problem that needed to be addressed by Scott Pioli and company --but I can't say more or less ignoring it was the right decision either.
But I just don't see many good pass rushers here. Tamba Hali did a nice job opposite Jared Allen, but by no means is he a top option. Plus, he is changing positions in the new scheme, even though he is best suited as a 4-3 defensive end. Hali managed only three sacks last year -- and I see him as the Chiefs' best pass-rusher.
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|New Kansas City outside linebacker Mike Vrabel is not the answer to the team's pass-rushing woes.|
This is a dismal situation. There isn't a young outside linebacker on this roster who can play the role of understudy to Vrabel and work his way into a starting role. Derrick Johnson is not physical enough to play on the line of scrimmage and is more a 4-3 weakside linebacker. He doesn't fit the new scheme -- much like Hali and last year's fifth overall selection, Glenn Dorsey. Johnson should be an inside backer instead of playing on the edge. Kansas City's roster is far from perfect, and when the 2009 season ends, you can be assured that outside linebacker will rank right at the top of needs for this club.
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