Chiefs defensive end Glenn Dorsey has traveled a long and winding road to get from the 2008 NFL Draft to where he is today. The Star’s Kent Babb mapped out everything he’s been through.
Dorsey has started each of the Chiefs’ five games in 2009. Haley says the second-year defender has improved in each of them. For the first time since Kansas City drafted Dorsey last year with the fifth overall pick, he is showing signs that his potential, once shadowed by sloppy play and bad habits, might soon be within his reach.
“I want to be a great player, man,” he says. “That’s what people don’t understand.”
Dorsey is embarrassed at this next part, but he is no longer willing to deny it: He gained so much weight after his rookie season that it put his future with the Chiefs — and maybe his career — in jeopardy.
Dorsey is 24 years old and 6 feet 1. He arrived at the team’s offseason conditioning program in March and weighed a staggering 348 pounds. Haley gave Dorsey an edict: Lose 50 pounds within a few months, or don’t come to Arrowhead Stadium looking to play.
“That,” nose tackle Tank Tyler says, “would scare the (stuff) out of me.”
I’m pretty sure that would scare the (enter curse word of choice) out of anyone. But when you have to do it to save your career, it has to help keep you motivated through the process. Clearly that was the case with Dorsey, because he’s lost the weight and has looked fantastic the past few weeks.
I was worried about Dorsey’s weight more than how he would adapt to playing in the 3-4. The cream always rises to the top and his talent was unquestionable coming out of LSU. When you have that sort of talent, you will find a way to make plays no matter the defense. The only thing Dorsey had to do was get in shape. It didn’t look good for a long time, but he has done a great job to get himself back on track to be a very special player.
With Dorsey getting back on track, it has been assumed that the rumors surrounding him being on the trading block were just that… rumors. But Mike Florio is wondering if where there’s smoke there’s fire.
The problem is that Dorsey was drafted to play defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. Once new coach Todd Haley adopted a 3-4, Dorsey didn’t have the chops to play nose tackle, but he also didn’t have the quickness or endurance to play defensive end in the team’s new defense.
And the current smoke signals suggesting that the Chiefs are happy with Dorsey could be aimed at securing something close to a first-round pick for Dorsey — and to prompt a team that wants Dorsey to call the Chiefs, in lieu of the Chiefs calling around and necessarily coming off as being interested in moving him, and thus willing to take something less than a first-round (or second-round) pick.
That said, the fact that Dorsey is down to 298 might give potential suitors concerns about his ability to switch back to tackle in a 4-3 front.
Then again, a two-day burgers-and-bon-bons binge would likely get him back up to 310 or so.
I don’t see Dorsey going anywhere. He has a long way to go, but based on just the glimpses we’ve seen from Dorsey the past few weeks have to give Haley and Scott Pioli hope that Dorsey will be just fine playing in the 3-4. You need playmakers on both sides of the ball and there’s no reason he can’t be one of them on defense.
The Washington Redskins have been doing with more than their fair share of drama this week and lost in the shuffle is that they will be without their starting punter for today’s game.
Still bothered by a groin injury that occurred in Week 4, punter Hunter Smith will miss his second consecutive game and Glenn Pakulak again will handle punting duties Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think this is a huge deal but it is one more thing that the Redskins have to deal with. Pakulak was almost identical to Smith last week but he is much less experienced making a mistake on special teams much more likely.
In order to get that first win, Kansas City will need some unexpected breaks and any mistakes by Washington in the punting game could go a long way.