With Ron Edwards leaving the Kansas City Chiefs for the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday, there is all of a sudden a big gap in the middle of the defensive line. The Chiefs have been looking for the long term answer at nose tackle for a while, but Edwards has been holding it down for five years and many believed season six was all but a formality.
Now that he is gone we are left to try and figure out what options Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel will have once training camp gets up and running. Obviously we won’t know all of the pieces to the puzzle until free agency wraps up, but what if the answer is already in house?
It’s been thrown around before, but what about Glenn Dorsey as the Chiefs starting nose tackle?
He has seen time inside as part of the Chiefs nickel package and is only 15 pounds lighter than Edwards was last season. Dorsey even describes himself on his Twitter profile as a “defensive tackle”, not an end.
Last year GM Scott Pioli was asked about Dorsey playing inside and he was open to the idea.
“He has the physical skill and body type to play numerous positions. I think what we will do, like we do with a lot of other positions, is we are going to collect as many good players as we can and then the players themselves will sort out who are going to be the best ones on the field.”
If Dorsey were to become a three-down nose tackle and not just one in sub packages, the Chiefs would need to replace him at end. Bringing back Shaun Smith (capable of playing NT as well) would be a good start. So would Wallace Gilberry getting a chance to show that he is more than a one-trick pony.
The (hopefully) improved Tyson Jackson pairing up with Gilberry or Smith with rookies Allen Bailey and Gabe Miller rotating in isn’t a bad place for the Chiefs defense to start. Mix in a veteran or two via free agency and the Dorsey-to-nose talk could finally come to fruition.