2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Chiefs pass rush on pace to set NFL sacks record

    2013-10-16 15:02

(Eds: Updates throughout. With AP Photos.)
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texans quarterback Gary Kubiak felt an overwhelming sense of empathy for Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor when he watched video of him against the Kansas City Chiefs defense last weekend.

If Pryor turned one direction, he ran into Tamba Hali. Turn the other, Justin Houston was on top of him. Try to step up in the pocket and Derrick Johnson was waiting.

Pryor was sacked 10 times in a 24-7 victory that kept the Chiefs unbeaten.

``When you get 10 in one game, it's kind of hard to say, `We have to block that guy,''' said Kubiak, who is trying to come up with a plan to slow down that pass rush on Sunday.

``Andy Reid's got such a quality team thing going on right now,'' Kubiak said, ``and that's what good teams do. Production comes from everywhere, not one or two places. You can see the energy they're feeding off of, and the way they're playing, pretty impressive.''

Just how impressive? Record-setting.

The Chiefs' second-best single-game total left them with 31 sacks from 10 different players through their first six games, putting them on pace for 82 1/2 sacks by the end of the regular season. That would not only shatter the club mark of 60 set in 1990, but the NFL record of 72 set by the '84 Bears. The sack became an official stat recorded by the league in 1982.

Houston leads the Chiefs with 9 1/2 sacks - his career-best of 10 was set just last year - and is tied with the Colts' Robert Mathis for the most in the NFL. Hali is fourth with 7 1/2 sacks.

It was Hali who terrorized Pryor last weekend. He had 3 1/2 sacks to just one for teammate Houston, winning what has turned into a weekly battle.

``Justin could have gone out there and had a heck of a game,'' Hali said, ``but we knew about this quarterback and his scrambling ability to our left, his right, which allowed me to come off the edge and let me buy some time to get there.

``Our chemistry,'' Hali said, ``we definitely understand what we want to get done.''

After all, Hali has been getting it done for quite a while. He has 70 sacks since his rookie season of 2006, three shy of Art Still for third on the franchise list. The only players to have more in a Chiefs uniform were Derrick Thomas (126.5) and Neil Smith (86.5), two of the stalwarts on that 1990 team that bullied quarterbacks in a similar fashion.

His play last season wasn't nearly at the same level, though, at least statistically speaking, and that begs the question: What has changed this season? Most of the pass-rush pieces on what has emerged as the NFL's stingiest defense were already in place when a new coaching staff arrived.

The credit belongs to defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, who has been dialing up aggressive game plans ever since a season-opening win over Jacksonville.

``Bob Sutton does a tremendous job along with his assistants of making everybody be aware that it's not just going to be outside linebackers,'' Hali said. ``We're all going to put pressure on the quarterback. They do a great job with us, and we all just go out there and execute.''

The result is a sack rate of 12.1 percent - in other words, better than one in every 10 plays that an opposing offense runs results in its quarterback lying on his back.

``We're doing our job and having our fun doing it. We know they can't double both sides at once,'' Houston said. ``It's really just a feel, we play off each other.''

All the pressure that Hali and Houston create from the edges has freed up other guys to get in on the fun. Johnson had two sacks against Oakland, defensive tackle Dontari Poe has been all over opposing quarterbacks, and even safety Eric Berry is been in on the pressure.

``We've got players like Justin and Tamba that are willing to do anything to help us win,'' Berry said. ``Those guys are so unselfish. They put it on the line every week. I think that speaks a lot to the character of our defense.''

Notes: Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (sprained ankle) returned to practice after missing his last four games. ``We've done everything we could rehab-wise to get it there,'' he said. ``It's not 100 percent, but it feels pretty good.'' ... S Kendrick Lewis (sprained ankle) was the only player held out of practice Wednesday.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Connor BarthAug 29 03:42p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut PK Connor Barth Friday, Aug. 29.

Arrelious BennAug 29 03:32p

Philadelphia Eagles WR Arrelious Benn (back) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, Aug. 29.

B. Green-EllisAug 29 03:12p

The Cincinnati Bengals cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Friday, Aug. 29.

Johnny ManzielAug 29 02:22p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel showed a strong effort in the team's final preseason game against the Chicago Bears Thursday, Aug. 28, leading head coach Mike Pettine to acknowledge [ More ]

Larry EnglishAug 29 01:42p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Larry English Friday, Aug. 29.

Marc MarianiAug 29 01:22p

The Tennessee Titans released WR Marc Mariani Friday, Aug. 29.

Yawin SmallwoodAug 29 01:12p

The Atlanta Falcons released LB Yawin Smallwood Friday, Aug. 29.

Pat AngererAug 29 01:12p

The Atlanta Falcons released LB Pat Angerer Friday, Aug. 29.

Lonnie PryorAug 29 10:42a

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released LB Ka'lial Glaud, FB Lonnie Pryor and CB Keith Lewis.

Benny CunninghamAug 29 10:18a

St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham has been the team's best running back during the preseason and could push RB Zac Stacy for playing time this season.

Cam NewtonAug 29 09:37a

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers [ More ]

Sammy WatkinsAug 29 08:52a

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) suffered an injury to his ribs in the same area as his previous one, according to sources.

Martavis BryantAug 29 08:42a

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant (shoulder) suffered a sprained right AC joint in his shoulder in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

T.J. YatesAug 29 03:32a

Atlanta Falcons QB T.J. Yates threw for two touchdowns and 243 yards in his team's 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dan OrlovskyAug 29 03:22a

Detroit Lions QB Kellen Moore was 17 of 28 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a shutout of the Buffalo Bills Thursday, Aug. 28. It is not known [ More ]

Jeremy HillAug 28 11:52p

Cincinnati Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (elbow) returned to the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, after being evaluated in the locker room at halftime. He finished the game with [ More ]

Nate PalmerAug 28 11:52p

Green Bay Packers OT Aaron Adams (knee) and LB Nate Palmer (knee) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Devonta FreemanAug 28 11:22p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman had 12 carries for 42 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 45 yards during the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

Cecil Shorts IIIAug 28 10:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) said he will be ready for the team's season opener.

Sammy WatkinsAug 28 07:32p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) left the team's final preseason game with an apparent injury. There was no indication if Watkins aggravated his ribs.

Kyle Van NoyAug 28 07:12p

Detroit Lions LB Kyle Van Noy (abdomen) underwent surgery Thursday, Aug. 28, to repair a core muscle injury. Van Noy's timetable for a return is unknown this early in the process.

Tim BenfordAug 28 07:02p

Baltimore Ravens WR Jace Davis, Dallas Cowboys WR Tim Benford, Kansas City Chiefs C Ben Gottschalk and Seattle Seahawks OG Greg Van Roten cleared waivers and became free agents Thursday, Aug. 28.

R. Griffin IIIAug 28 05:52p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III isn't playing consistently, according to ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski. Jaworski said Griffin must learn to throw from the pocket [ More ]

Geoff SchwartzAug 28 05:32p

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), WR Trindon Holliday (hamstring), CB Prince Amukamara (groin), OT Charles Brown (shoulder), OT James Brewer (back), OG Geoff Schwartz (toe), OG [ More ]

Navorro BowmanAug 28 04:02p

San Francisco 49ers LB Michael Wilhoite appears to be the leading candidate to start at middle linebacker while LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) is out of the lineup.

J. CunninghamAug 28 03:52p

St. Louis Rams TEs Justice Cunningham and Alex Bayer likely are competing for one roster spot. Cunningham is considered a blocking tight end, while Bayer is a pass catcher. [ More ]

Michael SamAug 28 03:52p

St. Louis Rams DE Michael Sam is competing with DE Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on the final roster.

Alameda Ta'amuAug 28 03:32p

Arizona Cardinals DTs Dan Williams and Alameda Ta'amu are expected to rotate at nose tackle this season.

David GarrardAug 28 03:12p

Free-agent WR David Garrard (Jets) would like to return to an NFL roster, and thinks he has a chance to do that once rosters are cut down. I actually [ More ]

Phillip TannerAug 28 02:22p

The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent RB Phillip Tanner (Colts). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived CB B.W. Webb.

Gabe CarimiAug 28 02:13p

Atlanta Falcons OTs Lamar Holmes, Gabe Carimi and Ryan Schraeder are all candidates for the starting right tackle job. Holmes appears to be the favorite for the job because of his experience.

Scott TolzienAug 28 01:52p

Green Bay Packers QBs Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are expected to play in the final preseason game and still are competing for the No. 2 quarterback job. Head [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group