Leading up to the Chiefs game against the Bears, it seemed like a bit of lip service when Chicago coaches talked about being impressed with the Kansas City pass rush. After all, the Chiefs had a league-low 13 sacks in 11 games.
It turns out, the Bears worries were well founded as the Chiefs racked up seven sacks led by rookie Justin Houston’s three sacks. New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talked this week about the Kansas City pass rush and how that beat down of Bears QB Caleb Hanie tells more about their ability than the numbers from the rest of the season.
“They got to (New England Patriots QB Tom) Brady a few times which is hard to do, but the seven sack performance this past week is an indication of how this team really is rushing the passer now. ”
Rookie Justin Houston had a breakout game against the Bears with three of those seven sacks but, Ryan knows who stirs the drink.
“The guy that you have to have your antenna up for is Tamba Hali, and they’ll put him all over the place. It’s not like he’s always going to be on the right or always on the left. They move him all over the place, so we certainly have to know where he’s at.”
This season is definitely the most Hali has been moved around the field and it doesn’t just allow him to find mismatches but also Houston, Derrick Johnson and anyone else Romeo Crennel decides to bring into the pass rush fold.