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Tribal Warfare
12-21-2010, 03:06 AM
Sack-cess story: Gilberry gives Chiefs help they need on pass rush (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/12/20/2533985/sack-cess-story-gilberry-gives.html)

Undrafted out of college in 2008, defensive end Wallace Gilberry signed with the New York Giants, a team loaded with strong pass rushers.

“That’s one of the reasons I chose to go there as a free agent,” Gilberry said. “In order to be the best, you have to beat the best.”

Gilberry took that attitude to Kansas City and flourished with it now that he’s playing with the Chiefs. He had three sacks of Sam Bradford in Sunday’s 27-13 victory over the Rams and is rapidly filling what had been a huge void as a reliable pass rusher the Chiefs can pair with Tamba Hali.

“It’s critical,” coach Todd Haley said. “We’re trying to develop pass rushers. We’ve done a lot of things to try to help with that process. There’s been improvement in a number of guys, (Gilberry) being one of them. We’re working on it all the time. Tamba obviously has very good pass-rush skill, and if you can have some other guys working hard and utilizing technique and those things to create some pressure in addition, that just helps us.”

That help is coming from a most unexpected place. Gilberry joined the Chiefs late in his rookie season off the Giants’ practice squad. Since then, he’s rarely played other than in obvious passing situations but now has seven sacks.

That’s more than some far-more-acclaimed, and higher-paid, pass rushers. Gilberry is one of four NFL players with at least three sacks in a game this year. Hali had three sacks in the Chiefs’ win over San Francisco in September.

The Chiefs desperately needed someone unheralded like Gilberry to develop as a pass rusher because since Haley and general manager Scott Pioli arrived, they spent few resources in that area.

Most of the players the Chiefs use to chase the quarterback — a group that includes at times Hali, Gilberry, Glenn Dorsey and Andy Studebaker — were with the Chiefs when Pioli and Haley arrived.

But, with 32 sacks, the Chiefs already have as many as they had in the last two seasons combined.

“We’re getting better,” Haley said. “Not the sack output necessarily, although that’s great. It’s just creating pressure. One of our goals (against the Rams) was keeping that young quarterback uncomfortable. I thought the guys, especially the guys up front, really took that to heart and came out and understood their role and how important it was going to be in the game.”

The Chiefs had one of their better games with regard to the pass rush. They had only the three sacks from Gilberry, but they managed consistent pressure on Bradford, including repeated knockdowns and hurries. Earlier this season, they had five sacks against the 49ers, and two other games with four.

Hali and Gilberry have 18 sacks between them, but the Chiefs are getting help from some other players as well. Even Tyson Jackson has been getting involved. He had a sack two weeks ago in San Diego and drew a St. Louis penalty with a strong rush on Sunday.

“A lot of good things happened,” Haley said. “Those guys played hard. They got their hands up. We knocked down a number of balls.

“Pressure on the quarterback is sometimes more the result of playing defense the way you need to play it. Our vision of how we want to play defense is to be a defense that can create pressure. It doesn’t always have to translate to sacks. It has to translate into getting the quarterback out of the comfort zone when teams are throwing and disrupting the timing of the pass game.”

Gilberry played mainly on special teams his first season with the Chiefs in 2008. He could easily have been lost when the Chiefs made the coaching change from Herm Edwards to Haley.

But Haley and Pioli want players who are serious about football. Gilberry is so serious that in college at Alabama he was given the “I like to practice” award during spring practice before his senior season.

“As I thought about what that award meant and what it stood for, it kind of meant something to me more deep than just getting an award,” Gilberry said.

That attitude led the Chiefs to give Gilberry every opportunity. As a result, the Chiefs have two of the NFL’s 33 players with seven or more sacks. Two seasons ago, the Chiefs finished with just 10 sacks.

Back then, the notion of the Chiefs having a slightly above-average pass rush by now seemed absurd. But so was the idea that Gilberry could help the Chiefs get there.

If he has another game like the one he had against the Rams, Gilberry could catch Hali for the team lead in sacks.

“It doesn’t really matter who gets the sacks,” Gilberry said. “But if I could, that would be great.”

Thig Lyfe
12-21-2010, 03:10 AM

12-21-2010, 03:37 AM
Oh, even Tyson Jackson got a sack a couple games ago!!11

the Talking Can
12-21-2010, 05:42 AM
Even Tyson Jackson has been getting involved. He had a sack two weeks ago in San Diego and drew a St. Louis penalty with a strong rush on Sunday.



12-21-2010, 08:02 AM

I figured with a lead-in like that, the story had to be about Shaun Smith...

12-21-2010, 09:42 AM
Eric Hicks got a bunch of sack-cess once...

12-21-2010, 10:01 AM



That out of the way, Jackson has shown some progress over the last two games.

12-21-2010, 12:01 PM
It's good to see him having success

12-21-2010, 05:29 PM


T jack? laughable