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Tribal Warfare
11-15-2009, 04:01 AM
Gilberry a pleasant surprise for Chiefs (http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/1570777.htm)
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

Three months ago, it wasn’t just an upset that Wallace Gilberry would be tied for the Chiefs’ lead in sacks at the season’s midway point.

It was an upset that Gilberry, an undersized defensive end, would merely still be with the Chiefs. He joined the team last season only because a rash of injuries left them short of bodies at his position, one they fortified during the offseason when they drafted Tyson Jackson and Alex Magee and shifted Glenn Dorsey from tackle.

But Gilberry survived and for that, the Chiefs should feel fortunate. Their pass rush is still mediocre at best but in large part because of Gilberry’s three sacks — he’s tied for the team lead with Tamba Hali — the Chiefs head into today’s game at Oakland having matched last season’s total of 10 sacks.

“I’d rather be leading the team in sacks,” said Gilberry, 24. “I’m a very competitive guy. Tamba and I, we battle. Before I got into the league, I used to watch him. It’s a pleasure having the opportunity to be on the field with him and get things going. I just try to complement him.

“The things he can do, I may do a little different. But we have the same goal and the same mind-set.”

While Hali rarely comes off the field, Gilberry plays mostly in passing situations, making his sack total more impressive. Two of his sacks came in big situations.

The first, in the early-season game against Oakland, came late in the fourth quarter on what would eventually be the Raiders’ game-winning drive. Gilberry sacked JaMarcus Russell but was also penalized on the play for a personal foul for landing on the prone Russell.

He knocked the Jaguars out of reasonable field-goal position with an 11-yard sack on third down last week. Jacksonville still tried the kick, but it missed from 53 yards.

That’s significant production from a player who was an afterthought when training camp started.

“He’s come a long way in our minds and probably in his mind,” coach Todd Haley said. “It was probably easy early on to discard that name because he was a younger guy who hadn’t done a whole bunch and wasn’t probably the prototypical size for the defense. He could have easily got lost in the shuffle.

“What he’s done is outwork most everybody. He’s the epitome of the same guy every day. There’s no up and down with him. He’s giving it everything he has and he’s getting better.”

Gilberry’s been overlooked before. He received a scholarship offer from Alabama, but only days before the start of summer practice his freshman season.

Brodie Croyle was Alabama’s quarterback and played with Gilberry for two seasons before he joined the Chiefs. He said he remembers a skinny Gilberry who quietly forced his way into some playing time.

“At that point, he was more of a role guy,” Croyle said. “Obviously, the drive was there. He’s playing now like he played then. Nothing fancy. Not a bulked-up, huge guy. Just one of those effort guys who makes plays, who does things you can’t teach.”

The Chiefs initially looked to Jackson and Magee as their best chance as pass rush help for Hali. They may yet develop into that but weren’t getting much done, so the Chiefs turned to Gilberry.

He doesn’t have the pass rush skills of Hali but works as hard. His sack in Jacksonville came when he didn’t quit on the play. Hali had quarterback David Garrard wrapped up but let him spin away.

Gilberry was there to clean up.

Not all of his sacks come off effort. Against the Cowboys last month, Gilberry blew by guard Leonard Davis, a two-time Pro Bowler, for a sack of Tony Romo.

“There are a lot of things I need to improve on in my pass rush game,” Gilberry said.

“I’ve got a long way to go. But I’m definitely in the mode of being a dominant pass rusher. The sky’s the limit.”

This may be as good as it gets for Gilberry. He’s listed at 6 feet 2, 268 pounds, or about 30 pounds less than Jackson, Magee or Dorsey.

That says he may never be anything more than pass rush help, though neither Gilberry or the Chiefs are ready to go there yet.

“I’ll never limit myself to anything,” Gilberry said. “There are a lot of technique things I need to work on in the running game. I’m what they consider an undersized guy. I have to work harder than a 300-pound guy.

“It’s all about technique and effort. I believe I can hold my own.”

Fire Me Boy!
11-15-2009, 06:49 AM
Copy editor didn't do his job.

That says he may never be anything more than pass rush help, though neither Gilberry or the Chiefs are ready to go there yet.

Micjones
11-15-2009, 06:55 AM
Gilberry has been a pleasant surprise. I hope the kid continues to impress.
He'd be great to have around going forward. We need as much young talent as possible.

milkman
11-15-2009, 07:01 AM
He doesn’t have the pass rush skills of Hali but works as hard. His sack in Jacksonville came when he didn’t quit on the play. Hali had quarterback David Garrard wrapped up but let him spin away.

Hali has pass rush moves?

I mean ones that work?

3 sacks?

He's a freakin' superstar!

KCUnited
11-15-2009, 08:04 AM
Jimmy Wilkersonberry.

Hog Farmer
11-15-2009, 08:23 AM
Jared Allen has pass rush moves and 10.5 sacks to prove it.

No one on the Chiefs has an inkling of a pass rush move.

Royal Fanatic
11-15-2009, 09:26 AM
Jared Allen has pass rush moves and 10.5 sacks to prove it.

No one on the Chiefs has an inkling of a pass rush move.
Damn that Carl Peterson!

Rain Man
11-15-2009, 11:22 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Gilberry is a future pro bowler.



(Okay, I've never really said it before.)

beach tribe
11-15-2009, 12:00 PM
OMG!! We should have NEVER switched to the 3-4. All of our personnel is for 4-3.

I really wanted to try, and beat the sack record we set last year out of the 4-3.

Rain Man
11-15-2009, 12:02 PM
The weird thing is that Gilberry is also tied with Hali in pro bowl appearances.

stlchiefs
11-15-2009, 12:20 PM
Dingleberry

Marcellus
11-15-2009, 12:24 PM
Hali has pass rush moves?

I mean ones that work?

3 sacks?

He's a freakin' superstar!

All you have to do is watch the games to see he has some skills. He only has 3 sacks and he should have more and that is his fault but come on man, why try to deny something that is obvious and right in front of you?

Why would it be so painful to admit Hali is a decent pass rusher on a shit team?

It's just easier to be a shit about it?

milkman
11-15-2009, 12:36 PM
All you have to do is watch the games to see he has some skills. He only has 3 sacks and he should have more and that is his fault but come on man, why try to deny something that is obvious and right in front of you?

Why would it be so painful to admit Hali is a decent pass rusher on a shit team?

It's just easier to be a shit about it?

Because a decent pass rusher gets sacks.

He finishes.

ChiefsCountry
11-15-2009, 12:53 PM
Remember what team signed him as a college free agent and then look at their track record for DEs.
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MoreLemonPledge
11-15-2009, 12:55 PM
He's actually a pretty nice guy. I didn't expect anything out of him, so good for him. He's not the answer, though.