Kansas City Chiefs: Dee Ford

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With Tamba Hali on the sideline nursing a sore knee and not practicing for the second straight day, rookie Dee Ford was in the starting lineup for the Kansas City Chiefs at outside linebacker on Thursday.

Even if Hali rallies later in the week and is available to play on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium, Ford could have a role. He replaced the injured Allen Bailey as a situational pass rusher last week against the Arizona Cardinals and Bailey is unlikely to be available again this week.

So after some weeks of getting almost no work on defense, Ford, their first-round draft pick, might loom large for the Chiefs down the stretch.

“With Allen being out, that created a spot where we said, OK, who’s our next best [pass] rusher for these third downs?" defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. “Obviously it was Dee, and we tried to create some things to get him on the field in those situations."

The Chiefs are more comfortable for now using Ford as a situational pass rusher than as a full-time player. He struggled with run defense and pass coverage in limited playing time earlier in the season.

They were comfortable with him filling in for Bailey against Arizona.

“We think he’s got a real upside as far as rushing the passer,’’ Sutton said. “This was giving him an opportunity to kind of do that and get comfortable with those other things.

“I thought he did a really good job. He had no sacks, but there are other things going on. The key thing for us is to affect the quarterback. Get him off his spot. Make him throw when he’s not ready to throw. There were some real positives I thought he did in there."

If Hali doesn’t play on Sunday and Ford plays a full game, things could get interesting for the Chiefs. The Raiders have no doubt made note of Ford’s struggles during the season and will attack him with the run or when he’s in coverage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you're one of the 10 or so fans of the Kansas City Chiefs who missed the highlight of rookie linebacker Dee Ford retreating from ball-carrying San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore, do yourself a favor and take a look.

Ford, understandably, is more than a little embarrassed and responded on Twitter.

Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's explanation: Ford just lost track of the ball.

"He didn't read the play right," Sutton said. "It was kind of a fake run-looking play to him. Then he went to his pass [coverage] responsibility. Obviously, it was a bad read on his part. He needed to come up and be part of the force there."

That's an understandable explanation. Still, the play makes it look as if Ford, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick, is afraid of contact. The Chiefs say that's not true and that, too, is believable. It's difficult to think Ford could survive a college career in the SEC at Auburn and become a first-round NFL draft pick if he lived in fear of opposing blockers and ball carriers.

But for now, at least, that's the image people will have of Ford. He won't get much of a chance to change that image any time soon, either. The Chiefs are on their bye and won't play again until Oct. 19, when they meet the Chargers in San Diego.

Even then, Ford doesn't figure to play a lot. He hasn't been on the field much during the Chiefs' first five games and it has been mostly on passing downs.

"His strength is rushing the quarterback and he's done a good job for us through the first five games as a pass-rusher," linebackers coach Gary Gibbs said. "He's still developing his skill set as far as being a first- and second-down run-stopper and playing play-action passes and that kind of stuff. It's a process.

"Anytime you take someone that's been a defensive end his entire career and try to stand him up to play a different position, there's a learning process he has to go through. He works hard and he wants to be a good player. As a pass-rusher, he's been a good player for us."

Pro Football Focus has given Ford through five games negative grades for his run defense and pass coverage and a positive grade for his pass rushing.

"I think he'll be fine," Sutton said. "We need him to keep going right now. We've got a lot of football left. We don't want to wait for next year for him to develop."

Ford can still be an asset to Chiefs

September, 9, 2014
Sep 9
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ask and you shall receive. Shortly after I suggested the Kansas City Chiefs need to get more from their first-round draft pick, coach Andy Reid said linebacker Dee Ford would get more work.

“Dee Ford probably didn’t have enough snaps,’’ Reid said. “We’ve got to work him into the rotation and do a better job there, which we’ll do.’’

Ford played just three snaps on defense in Sunday’s 26-10 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. Ford also was in for two plays on special teams.

Pass rush is hardly the Chiefs’ biggest problem right now. They sacked Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker four times on Sunday.

But the Chiefs are desperate for playmakers. They need someone who can make a game-turning play before their season spirals out of control.

Ford is capable of making that happen. The Chiefs don’t have to take Tamba Hali or Justin Houston out of their lineup to put Ford in.

Ford didn’t play more against the Titans because he looked lost in the preseason against the run and in pass coverage.

That’s OK. He’s converting to outside linebacker from defensive end in college. The Chiefs expected a transition period for him, particularly in coverage.

“He’s getting better in the run game,’’ Reid said. “Right now, his strength is the pass game, but he’s getting better. There are some things you can do rotationally there where he gets in and has an opportunity to play.’’

Te Chiefs were eager to use a 255-pounder who’s a good athlete on special teams. But Ford has been deficient in that area, too.

“That’s not necessarily his strongest point,’’ Reid said.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Here's what jumped out at me of the snap counts of the Kansas City Chiefs' 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans: First-round draft pick Dee Ford was in for fewer plays than all but one of the other five rookies in uniform.

Ford played three snaps on defense and two on special teams. The struggling Chiefs need far more than that from their top draft pick, but Ford was on the field for fewer plays than rookie kicker Cairo Santos (6).

Snap counts for the other four rookies: guard Zach Fulton 57 (plus three on special teams), safety Daniel Sorensen (18 plus 24), cornerback Phillip Gaines (one plus 11) and wide receiver Albert Wilson (one on special teams).

Three others, running back De'Anthony Thomas, quarterback Aaron Murray and offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, were inactives.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The arrival of running back Jamaal Charles at Kansas City Chiefs training camp received all of the attention. But the appearance of outside linebacker Justin Houston on the campus of Missouri Western State University was, in its own way, just as significant.

Houston, who has made the Pro Bowl in two of his first three NFL seasons, held out from offseason practice in his desire for a new contract better than the one in its final season. He didn't get it -- at least not yet -- but showed for camp, anyway.

That development will allow the Chiefs to at least start their preparations for the season with all of the key components of their pass rush intact. The Chiefs have Houston and Tamba Hali, two of the league's premier pass rushers, at outside linebacker. They also have first-round draft pick Dee Ford, who showed great promise in his ability to get after the opposing quarterback during offseason practice.

"We're going to get it rocking again, Sack City," Hali said after he checked into Scanlon Hall, the player's dormitory at Missouri Western State. "Whatever happened in the offseason, we put all of that behind us and he's here to play football just like every other man. That's our concern, to get to the quarterback."

The Chiefs are going to need every bit of pass-rush ability they can muster this season. After releasing cornerback Brandon Flowers and losing free safety Kendrick Lewis to free agency, the Chiefs promoted last year's backups into the starting lineup and are perilously thin in the secondary.

The Chiefs had the pass rush going during the first half of last season, when they were on pace to set an NFL record for sacks. They cooled off dramatically in the second half in part because Houston missed the final five games because of a dislocated elbow, and the Chiefs had no other edge pass rusher capable of adequately complementing Hali.

The Chiefs drafted Ford this year partly to protect themselves against a lengthy holdout by Houston and partly to protect themselves against an injury to either Houston or Hali.

"We're trying to take pride in what the Chiefs organization has done in drafting guys that can get after the passer," Hali said. "Each year we're bringing in better guys.

"The more guys that can get to the quarterback, it's going to alleviate a lot stress."

Camp preview: Kansas City Chiefs

July, 17, 2014
Jul 17
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NFL Nation reporter Adam Teicher examines the three biggest issues facing the Kansas City Chiefs heading into training camp.

Where is Houston? Having outperformed the contract he signed with the Chiefs as a third-round draft pick in 2011, outside linebacker Justin Houston was absent for all the offseason practices, including the mandatory minicamp. Since Houston’s only leverage for getting a contract extension this year is to stay away from camp until he gets it, it's unlikely he will show without a new deal. That would be a tough blow for the Chiefs. Houston is their top proven pass-rusher and arguably their best all-around defensive player. The pass rush, which was on a record pace for sacks over the first half of last season, sagged measurably after a dislocated elbow caused him to miss the final five regular-season games. The Chiefs would not be left without quality edge pass-rushers. Veteran Tamba Hali, another Pro Bowler, is on the other side, and the Chiefs drafted Auburn’s Dee Ford in the first round. Ford looked promising as a pass-rusher during offseason practice, but it’s a bit much to expect him to immediately be as versatile as Houston. Ford was a defensive end in college and has much to learn before he is on Houston’s level.

Who is at corner? The Chiefs released Brandon Flowers last month, leaving them perilously thin at cornerback. With the exception of 5-foot-9 nickelback Chris Owens, all their remaining cornerbacks are big and capable of getting physical with opposing receivers, as the Chiefs prefer. But the quality is a concern. Veteran Sean Smith steps in as the top cornerback, and he held his own as a starter last season. Marcus Cooper will at least begin camp as the other starter. As a rookie, he played well for the first half of last season as the third cornerback, but his play tailed off badly in the second half, to the point that the Chiefs benched him. Cooper has the physical tools to be a decent starter, but he showed over the final few games of last season that he has a lot to learn. The Chiefs drafted Phillip Gaines of Rice in the third round this year, but during offseason practice it didn’t look like he was ready to contribute. Journeyman Ron Parker played well in his one start last season. But he got a lot of playing time during the offseason and was often exposed.

A rebound for Bowe? In September, Dwayne Bowe turns 30, an ominous age for a wide receiver because that is when many begin to lose their skills. That process might already have started for Bowe, who had the worst full statistical season of his career in 2013. Still, Bowe represents the Chiefs’ most realistic hope for improvement at what was largely an unproductive position last season. The Chiefs added former Canadian League star Weston Dressler and drafted speedy De'Anthony Thomas in the fourth round, but they are slot receivers and are merely trying to replace the production lost with the free-agent departure of Dexter McCluster. Otherwise, the Chiefs will go with the same uninspiring cast of receivers as last season, meaning Bowe needs to get back to what he was earlier in his career. That is not an unreasonable expectation. Bowe was never particularly fast, so he doesn’t have a lot of speed to lose. The Chiefs need to do a better job of playing to his strengths, the main one being his ability to find yards after the catch. The Chiefs should get back to the bubble screens that were so productive for Bowe earlier in his career.

Rookie review: LB Dee Ford

June, 23, 2014
Jun 23
Today we’re starting a series looking at the six 2014 draft picks of the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll look at how they fared in offseason practice and what the Chiefs can reasonably expect from them as rookies.

First round: OLB Dee Ford

Offseason: The Chiefs were quietly encouraged with what they saw in Ford. He showed that quick first step that many of the great pass-rushers have. He also showed the ability to fight off blocks with his upper body while continuing to make progress toward the quarterback. Though one of the starters at his position, Justin Houston, stayed away from offseason practice, Ford didn’t get a lot of snaps with the starting base defense. Houston was instead replaced by veteran Frank Zombo. But Ford was a regular in passing situations.

Expectations: Ford is learning a new position. He was a defensive end in college at Auburn, so it could take him a while to master the nuances of his new position. Even if Houston continues his holdout into the season, it might be much to expect Ford to assume his spot in the regular defense anytime soon. But Zombo can handle that. Ford should be a major component in the rush in passing situations.

Quote: “I’m learning maturity. The pass rush is all about mentality [more than] just straight pass rush because at some point they’re going to figure out what you can and can’t do. So it’s all about changing it up and deception. We talk about deception all of the time. We want to deceive the offense. It’s just another level of mental training that I’m learning from Tamba [Hali].” – Ford.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Until the first minicamp practice on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs had only tantalized with rookie outside linebacker Dee Ford. They had used their first-round draft pick as a pass-rusher, but mixed him into their base defense only on occasion.

That changed on Tuesday, when Ford was on the field with the starters in all situations for the first time. Justin Houston continued his holdout and Ford was in his place, with veteran Frank Zombo moving to a backup role.

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AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillThe Chiefs hope pass-rusher Dee Ford, who had 10.5 sacks for Auburn last season, can get to the QB in the NFL as well as he did in college.
The move could be a sign the Chiefs aren't expecting to see Houston any time soon. It could mean the Chiefs just believe it's time to give Ford more to see how he handled things. They could easily go back to Zombo in today's practice, however unlikely that might be.

In any case, the lineup change was no small moment for the Chiefs or for Ford.

"It's a step," Ford said. "I can't lie. It means a lot to me working with the first group in all of the situations."

The Chiefs have Pro Bowlers in Houston and Tamba Hali at Ford's position, so they might like the luxury of using him mostly as a situational pass-rusher this early in his career. He's learning a new position, having played defensive end in college at Auburn, so the best thing for Ford and the Chiefs at this point might be to limit him to pass-rushing, what he knows best.

Houston's holdout doesn't allow them to bring him along slowly. It's one thing for Zombo to play as Houston holds out during regular offseason practice. Those workouts were technically voluntary.

Minicamp is a mandatory event for all players under contract, so Houston is subject to a fine for his absence. His holdout is suddenly more urgent, as is the Chiefs need to prepare Ford to take Houston's place.

Ford appeared to handle his assignments well.

"I was mistake-free today and I'm happy about that," he said. "That's the goal. I have a few smaller things to clean up, but it's not like I was out there and I didn't know what I was supposed to do on a play. I feel like I'm doing some good things. Once I do earn it. I want to sustain it."

The Chiefs drafted Ford because of his pass-rush ability. His success or failure will ultimately be based on his ability (or lack of it) to get to the opposing quarterback. But there is more to his job than just chasing the quarterback.

"That's very important to me to be known as more than just a pass-rusher," Ford said. "I want to be a guy that my teammates can count on on every play."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The tributes to Kansas City Chiefs rookie outside linebacker Dee Ford are already rolling in. Tamba Hali compared Ford's first step as a pass-rusher to that of Derrick Thomas, a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Mike DeVito said he's jealous of Ford's rush skills. Joe Mays said Ford's ability reminds him of his former teammate in Denver, Von Miller.

Leave it to Ford, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick, to put things in perspective.

“I’m honored, flattered,'' Ford said. "Hopefully I can prove it in games. It’s one thing to say it in [offseason practice] but I’ve got to prove it in games.’’

A better test for Ford will come in training camp, when the Chiefs put on the pads for the first time. But they have to be happy with what they've seen from Ford so far, in an environment that's mostly non-contact.

Ford has indeed shown a first step off the ball that is most impressive. He also has shown the ability to turn the corner and keep progressing toward the quarterback while fighting off a block with his upper body.

The Chiefs believed when they selected Ford they were getting the draft's second-best pass-rusher. Jadeveon Clowney, drafted first overall by the Houston Texans, would be the best.

So far, at a very early stage, there's nothing to suggest the Chiefs didn't get in Ford exactly what they expected, and perhaps even more. Despite the absence of Justin Houston, a Pro Bowl outside linebacker who is absent from offseason practice, Ford isn't in the starting lineup yet.

“I don’t feel like my head is spinning but I still have a lot to learn,’’ Ford said.

The Chiefs are going with veteran Frank Zombo in Houston's place. But Ford is already a prominent part of the pass-rush package and it will be a major disappointment if Ford doesn't remain there even if Houston shows up for training camp.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs were on an NFL record pace for sacks midway through last season before losing outside linebacker Justin Houston for the season's final five games with an elbow injury.

The Chiefs didn't get that sack record or even come close. Their pass rush largely disappeared over the final few games of the season.

So it's understating the situation to say it's troubling for the Chiefs that Houston, one of the NFL's premier pass rusher, has yet to show up for voluntary offseason practices. Houston is headed into the final season of the contract he signed as a third-round draft pick in 2011. He is scheduled to make about $1.4 million this year.

That leaves Tamba Hali alone again as the veteran pass-rusher. Hali tried to carry the pass rush burden without Houston last year but was unable to do it alone.

So Hali is eager to see Houston return, the quicker the better.

"As far as I know he will," Hali said. "We're good friends. He's coming."

It may take a new contract to get Houston back to the Chiefs. The Chiefs drafted another pass rushing outside linebacker, Dee Ford, in the first round.

"Whatever [Houston's] situation is, I just pray that everything works out for him and he's back and we get this defense back to where we need it to be," Hali said.

The Chiefs have mostly used veteran backup Frank Zombo in Houston's spot, though Ford received some work there in practice on Wednesday. The Chiefs will need to expedite Ford's timetable if Houston's absence extends into training camp.

"If anybody reminds you of Derrick Thomas, that kid should pretty much remind you of Derrick Thomas with his first step," Hali said. "He gets off the ball so fast it's scary. I just kept rewinding [the video] yesterday just looking at his first step. I don't know if he times it but his first step is incredible."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It happened only by minutes, but the Kansas City Chiefs were whole by the time they held their first organized practice of the offseason on Saturday. Just before the Chiefs began a three-day rookie camp, they signed their first-round draft pick, outside linebacker Dee Ford of Auburn, to a four-year contract.

Two months before starting training camp, the Chiefs have all of their draft picks under contract. Unlike in recent seasons, there's no threat of any of their draft picks missing a part of training camp. There are no looming showdowns with unhappy franchise players.

It may or may not be accurate to call the Chiefs a big, happy family. But there won't be any public discord this summer, either.

"I love that part of it,'' coach Andy Reid said. "From a coaching standpoint, that's a good thing.''

Storm clouds could form later. The Chiefs would like to sign quarterback Alex Smith and linebacker Justin Houston to long-term contract extensions, but those issues aren't imminent. Neither player would be an unrestricted free agent until March.

Draft picks around the league are signing at a rapid pace due to recent changes in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, but it's still a comfort for the Chiefs to have their business done. It's also a relief for Ford, who would have participated in the rookie camp and upcoming offseason practices without having signed a contract.

But having it done was a load off his mind.

"A lot of relief,'' Ford said. "I hate [the] business. I just want to play football. Now I'm officially a Chief.''

Almost as if to celebrate, Ford made a play on the first snap of full-team practice. Quarterback Aaron Murray threw a pass that was deflected and Ford, who was drafted by the Chiefs because of his pass-rush ability, caught the interception.

"The biggest question [about Ford] is, 'Can I drop in coverage?'" Ford said. "I think I answered that question.''
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some quick observations from the opening practice of the Kansas City Chiefs' three-day rookie camp on Saturday:
  • Quarterback Aaron Murray, a fifth-round pick from Georgia, was a full participant. Murray wore a brace on his left knee but moved around well. He is only six months removed from surgery after tearing knee ligaments last fall. Murray's first pass was deflected and intercepted by linebacker Dee Ford, the first-round draft pick. Murray made some nice throws, none better than a fade pass that was caught down the left sideline by former Missouri receiver Jerrell Jackson. But heMurray also threw a number of interceptions.
  • Ford, of Auburn, signed his contract moments before the start of practice. All six draft picks are now signed and the Chiefs still have two months before the start of training camp.
  • Fourth-round pick De'Anthony Thomas of Oregon lined up in a variety of spots, mostly as a running back. These three days of practices will be all Thomas can participate in until the mandatory minicamp in the middle of June. School is still in session at Oregon.
  • Sixth-round offensive lineman Zach Fulton of Tennessee and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were on the first-team offensive line -- Fulton at right guard and Duvernay-Tardif at right tackle. Duvernay-Tardif jumped the snap count twice.
  • A handful of veterans are participating in rookie camp. That list includes wide receivers Weston Dressler and Frankie Hammond Jr. and tight end Demetrius Harris.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs signed first-round draft pick Dee Ford to a contract shortly before today's start of a three-day rookie camp.

The Chiefs have all six of their draft picks under contract with two months to spare before the start of training camp.

The Chiefs drafted Ford, an outside linebacker from Auburn, to help fortify a pass rush that produced little over the last half of last season. The Chiefs have Pro Bowlers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston starting at outside linebacker, so the Chiefs won't look to Ford to start. But look for Ford to play in passing situations.

More to come on the Ford signing later.
I’ve finished my analysis of the Kansas City Chiefs' various position groups and whether I think the player additions made those positions better or worse. I also considered returning players and whether I thought they would significantly improve or regress in making my calls.

I broke the roster into nine position groups and determined the Chiefs would be better at six of them and worse at three. You can find all these breakdowns here.

But does that mean the Chiefs as a whole are better?

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Chuck Cook/USA TODAY SportsWhether Eric Fisher can replace departed tackle Branden Albert is among the questions facing the Chiefs after a busy offseason.
"We’ve improved the Kansas City Chiefs," general manager John Dorsey said shortly after the conclusion of the draft. "We’ve created that competitive depth that we continually talk about.

"We’ll see. Right now we feel pretty good about where we are at this stage. Any time you have a chance to add the quality of players that we added through this draft class, I feel pretty good here."

The Chiefs took heavy losses in free agency. They watched as seven players who were regulars at one point or another last season walked out the door.

That is not the part that concerns me, and it obviously doesn’t concern the Chiefs. They had done a nice job of building depth at some spots, particularly on the offensive line, and in many of the cases they can replace their departed free agents with players they had drafted in recent years. Where they can’t, they filled in adequately by signing players like defensive lineman Vance Walker and linebacker Joe Mays.

Just because they adequately plugged holes doesn’t mean the Chiefs are better. In a couple of areas, the Chiefs can only be hopeful they don’t take a large step backward. One is the offensive line, where they lost three players who were regulars last season. The big loss was left tackle Branden Albert. He will be replaced by Eric Fisher, who will eventually become as good a player as Albert was last season.

But anyone who watched Fisher’s rocky rookie season last year can’t think that day will come soon.

Another position of concern is wide receiver, where the Chiefs had one of the league’s least productive groups of players last season. Between a bounce-back season from Dwayne Bowe, development from A.J. Jenkins and contributions from other young and unproven players, the Chiefs seem confident here. I wonder whether the Chiefs can continue the progress they made in their passing game toward the end of last season without some receiving help.

"It’s not over yet," Dorsey said about the possibility of acquiring another wide receiver without acknowledging the need. "There are still opportunities to acquire the type of player you’re looking at, if in fact you want to go in that direction."

For the Chiefs, free agency was about finding solid role players, but not impact players. Their draft might eventually prove to be a good one, but looks short on players who can help immediately. First-round outside linebacker Dee Ford has a pair of Pro Bowl players ahead of him at his position.

The Chiefs have some intangible things going for them. The biggest is continuity on the coaching staff. They will have the same offensive coordinator for a second straight season for the first time since 2007.

That will count for something. But not enough to help them be a much better team than they were last season.
The Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday begin their offseason practice schedule with the start of a three-day rookie camp. Full-squad practice begins on Tuesday.

But for three days, things will be limited to rookies, with a few developmental veterans also allowed to participate. I'm told all six of the draft picks will be on hand.

It's difficult to make too many judgments from what will happen in the rookie camp. It's best to wait until the veterans all show up for that. Still, there are some things to see and here are three of them that I'll be looking for:

De'Anthony Thomas' speed. It's not often that a player this fast gets into a Chiefs' uniform, even if for now it consists of just a practice jersey and shorts. When he gets moving, it's still a sight to see. I'm also curious to see where Thomas lines up on offense. The Chiefs are listing him for now as a running back, but I'm not buying it. How's he going to get any playing time there when the Chiefs already have Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis? Slot receiver is a more likely destination. No matter what the Chiefs do with him, Thomas needs to get on the field. Speed like this shouldn't go to waste.

Aaron Murray's availability. He had knee surgery last fall and it's time to find out how far along Murray is in his rehab. Murray, who signed his contract on Wednesday, said shortly after being drafted by the Chiefs that he's already been cleared by doctors for full participation. But general manager John Dorsey indicated the Chiefs didn't necessarily expect Murray to be full go until training camp. It's not necessary for the Chiefs to rush Murray or allow him to practice before he's ready. But it's a good sign if he's anything more than just a bystander at rookie camp.

Dee Ford's presence. I once had a coach tell me that it's always a relief to see the top draft pick on the practice field for the first time just to make sure he's the same guy the team thought it was getting. So it will be with Ford, the Chiefs' first-round pick. Once the Chiefs are certain there's no buyer's remorse in his case, they need to get him up to speed quickly. We all saw what happened with this defense the last half of last season.