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Von Dumbass
07-02-2009, 08:53 PM
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Five-defensive-players-who-may-surprise.html
Earlier this week, I discussed five offensive players we should keep an eye on this summer and into September -- five players who may not be considered household names but who should show us some production and have us taking notice in 2009.

Here are five players on the defensive side of the football who could surprise us with their play this fall.

1. Jim Leonhard, SS, New York Jets

Leonhard finally got his chance to step into a starting role last season in Baltimore when starting safety Dawan Landry was injured, and he responded with 69 tackles and one interception in the regular season — then added 16 tackles, an interception and one forced fumble in the Ravens’ run to the AFC Championship game.

Now, he enters training camp in New York as a full-time starter, and we should expect him to produce in Rex Ryan’s system — one of the major selling points when Leonhard chose the Jets over the Eagles in free agency. Leonhard has the ability to play man-to-man on the slot in three-wide-receiver sets, can play the nickel corner in a pinch and has good enough feet to match up with tight ends in the AFC East. Plus, he should be a factor in the punt return game. Players like Leonhard — who haven’t been handed anything on a silver platter in their careers like many first-round picks — continue to work hard even after they’re given a starting role. Expect him to make some plays in this defense.

2. Mike Jenkins, CB, Dallas

Jenkins will start opposite fellow cornerback Terence Newman in his first year as a full-time player, and although I expect Newman to draw most of the tougher match-ups in the NFC East, expect Jenkins to see plenty of action on his side of the field.

One thing we have to remember about the Cowboys is that they’re a pressure team that sends players after the quarterback, and in return, they count on their secondary to play a lot of man-to-man coverage in blitz packages. The Cowboys totaled 59 sacks in 2008, and they should continue to be a defense that relies on pressure to create plays. Because of this, Jenkins will have plenty of opportunities to make some plays on the ball, and if Newman can continue to play at a top level, opposing offenses will look to try and exploit Jenkins. Lots of opportunities for Jenkins, and I believe he has the talent to get it done.

3. Glen Dorsey, DT, Kansas City

As with most players in the NFL, the biggest jump they have in development is from their rookie season to their second year, and I don’t see any reason we can’t expect the same for Dorsey, the former first-round pick of the Chiefs who was average in his first season.

Sometimes, coaching changes can light a fire under players, and this is the hope in Kansas City because we all know that Dorsey has the talent to be very productive at this level. I like the idea of the Chiefs using him as a DE in their 3-4 scheme and as a DT in the sub packages on third-down situations, where the former LSU star can use his quickness and explosion off the football to get to the quarterback and put some sacks next to his name. Dorsey should have a solid season in ’09 — and show us why he was a first-round pick.

4. Paul Posluszny, MLB, Buffalo

Posluszny had a solid season in ’08 for Buffalo, but the big plays were still missing. He totaled more than 100 tackles but only contributed one interception, one forced fumble and no sacks. Expect those numbers to increase in 2009.

The Bills are still a defense that uses the Tampa 2 as it core coverage, and against the run, the Mike linebacker is allowed to run freely to the football if the defensive tackles can keep blockers off him. Posluszny has the lateral speed to match running backs to the sidelines and the size to come downhill and take on lead blocks and ball carriers in the hole. But where he has to take that next step in on first- and second-down passing situations and run the middle of the field in the Tampa 2 and make plays on the ball — no different than what Brian Urlacher does for the Bears. I like Posluszny’s game, but he must take it to the next level and become more than a guy who racks up tackles. He needs to make some game-changing plays.


5. Will Smith, DE, New Orleans

The Saints added to their overall talent and depth this offseason in the secondary, but without some pressure up front, all those moves will go unnoticed as pressure always leads to plays in the secondary.

Smith’s ability has come into question the past two seasons as his sack numbers have declined from 10˝ in 2006 to seven in 2007 to only three last season. However, the Saints have a brand new system under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and not only will every player be held accountable for every single rep they play on Sundays, they will also be put in positions to make plays. Therefore, expect Williams to get the best there is out of Smith and run some stunts up front to put him in position to get to the quarterback. Turnovers are a key to any Williams defense, and I expect Smith to be taught that once he reaches the quarterback to get the football on the ground. I see a big year in New Orleans for the former first-round pick.

bringbackmarty
07-02-2009, 08:58 PM
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BarrySPAMAID
07-03-2009, 09:55 AM
SUPERBOWL!!!

talastan
07-03-2009, 10:10 AM
Props KnowMo for a non-homer post! :thumb: As for what is mentioned, I still don't see how Dorsey had that bad of a rookie season. :shrug: IIRC he had argubly one of the best rookie seasons that any NFL DL has ever had. I know he didn't get sacks, but he managed to do decent in stopping the run and drawing double teams as I remember.

ChiTown
07-03-2009, 10:10 AM
(running to the printer).............

talastan
07-03-2009, 10:15 AM
Not to mention that the coaching used Dorsey completely out of his element lining him up directly over the guard. Dorsey did pretty well IMO

Fish
07-03-2009, 10:15 AM
Let us sail to the Island of Printing!

Baby Lee
07-03-2009, 10:33 AM
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Chiefs are on a boat!!

Mr_Tomahawk
07-03-2009, 12:02 PM
...can't be sunk!
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Halfcan
07-03-2009, 05:44 PM
sorry I am not going to get excited about some article-I watched Dorsey before several games during warm ups-he was getting pushed around-during games-he disapeared. He is Simms part 2 until he actually does SOMETHING.

I hope he shows us why we spent such a high pick on him this year-I really do.

Deberg_1990
07-03-2009, 06:31 PM
sorry I am not going to get excited about some article-I watched Dorsey before several games during warm ups-he was getting pushed around-during games-he disapeared. He is Simms part 2 until he actually does SOMETHING.

I hope he shows us why we spent such a high pick on him this year-I really do.

This.


We had the worst run defense and worst D-line in the NFL last year.

I honestly dont know how anyone could defend any of those chumps.

Fruit Ninja
07-03-2009, 06:34 PM
This.


We had the worst run defense and worst D-line in the NFL last year.

I honestly dont know how anyone could defend any of those chumps.

I would say the worst defensive line of all time. We were that bad.

Blick
07-03-2009, 06:48 PM
The LB's had a lot to do with the run defense. The D-line can only defend so many gaps. When you have LB's like Pat Thomas who don't know what the fuck they're doing when it comes to filling the right hole...that's when you're going to see long gains.

Dorsey was fine as a rookie, and he'll be fine next year.

BossChief
07-03-2009, 09:27 PM
I agree that Dorsey should have a better year than last, but thats not saying much.

I know statistically speaking he had a great year but there are a couple things to take into consideration when looking at stats:

tackles are reported by teams and are often far off from what tape shows.
for a defensive tackle, tackles for loss are more telling of ability and he wasnt good there.

I had a post titled flip flop (on another board) last year before Whitlocks article about the misuse of Dorsey.

It showed how rediculous it was to play EVERY defensive linemen out of position at the begining of the year. Hali on the right, Dorsey taking the double, Tank shooting gaps, Turk may have been the only player in proper position all year, and he got hurt.

Our biggest team upgrade this offseason is anyone replacing Gunther.

From Bartee to Bell, from Pat Thomas to Sammy Knight, that man was almost completely lost!

Better days are surely ahead on defense, but it will be a process, not ovdr night turnaround.

milkman
07-03-2009, 10:01 PM
I agree that Dorsey should have a better year than last, but thats not saying much.

I know statistically speaking he had a great year but there are a couple things to take into consideration when looking at stats:

tackles are reported by teams and are often far off from what tape shows.
for a defensive tackle, tackles for loss are more telling of ability and he wasnt good there.

I had a post titled flip flop (on another board) last year before Whitlocks article about the misuse of Dorsey.

It showed how rediculous it was to play EVERY defensive linemen out of position at the begining of the year. Hali on the right, Dorsey taking the double, Tank shooting gaps, Turk may have been the only player in proper position all year, and he got hurt.

Our biggest team upgrade this offseason is anyone replacing Gunther.

From Bartee to Bell, from Pat Thomas to Sammy Knight, that man was almost completely lost!

Better days are surely ahead on defense, but it will be a process, not ovdr night turnaround.

Most of us here have been saying this for a long time.

milkman
07-03-2009, 10:02 PM
sorry I am not going to get excited about some article-I watched Dorsey before several games during warm ups-he was getting pushed around-during games-he disapeared. He is Simms part 2 until he actually does SOMETHING.

I hope he shows us why we spent such a high pick on him this year-I really do.

Just once, I'd like you to say something that resembled an intelligent thought.

chiefs1111
07-03-2009, 10:10 PM
well,being coached by Tim Krumrie isn't helping Dorsey either

BossChief
07-03-2009, 11:13 PM
well,being coached by Tim Krumrie isn't helping Dorsey either

I would have to disagree with this statement.

I was one of three known supporters of Tims coaching on any of the three boards I frequent. The other two are coaches themselves.

He should do very well for us in the transition to the 3-4...he was a multiple probowl nose guard at around 280 pounds because of his supreme technique, motor and attitude.

You really do have to witness his coaching style first hand to appreciate it.

I also think he keeps his job for the next few years and transitions alot of you from haters to supporters.

Look at what the guy did with Jared Allens rush defense, he was terrible and became elite at the art, most would attribute that to work ethic and coaching.

Krummrie was screwed by CP by letting Jared, Wilkerson, and even Sims go last year. This was a fairly productive defensive line in 07 because of all the hard work Tim put into these guys and they are all three poised to start on their new teams. We could have used all three alot last year. We had our defense on the way back to respectfullness (15th overall yardage in 07 iirc) because of the defensive lines contribution. Think of our secondary from 08 with our defensive line from 07 and the offense from 05...thats a possible bowl contender if CP had done his job and continues to buld a complete team each year instead of focusing on just tomorow...neglecting the day after!

I contend that this is proof that CP was one of the worst at his craft.

I can see letting Jared go, especialy with what we got in return, but to let the other two go, for nothing or next to nothing, is just dumb. Sims might have played with a chip on his shoulder if he was here when we spent a top five pick on his position. He seemed to play with one in TB where he is penciled in at the starters spot

Wilkerson will start over a former first round draft pick in Tampa.

Fox may have gotten a shit ton of playing time with all the injuries and shitty play from our linebacking core, he may hot have started on Pittsburg, but he made huge play after huge play on special teams, helping them make the superbowl with his plays in the playoffs.

Just because a player doesnt play to expectations, doesnt mean you jetison him...especialy when you dont have any competant replacement. You do ride him harder than before, though.

I was uber pissed last year when we let go of:
Fox
Sapp
Wilkerson
Kennison
Sims

all for nothing

the only one that showed to be an even nominal move was Sapp, which we definatly upgraded with Leggett, but Sapp would have definatly added more than Colcough and the rest of the uber scrubs opposing offenses targeted over and over which lost us many games. Sapp may have lead the team in sacks too....lol

I would like to have seen this teams position if CP was fired in 2001 with Gun. Lamar should have sent him a fuckin email!