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Old 12-15-2007, 05:07 AM  
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ADAM TEICHER:Rookie linemen struggle to demonstrate they’re not a bust

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Rookie linemen struggle to demonstrate they’re not a bust
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

Filled with youthful exuberance shortly after signing his contract last summer, defensive lineman Tank Tyler promised he would spend his rookie season “busting heads” of Chiefs opponents.

That hasn’t happened for Tyler, a third-round draft pick, or fellow rookie defensive lineman Turk McBride, a second-round pick. Nothing unusual about that. Rookie defensive linemen tend to be the ones with the busted heads.

But Tyler and McBride have been so undistinguished the Chiefs quietly fear that neither will ever become a consistently productive player or even a dependable starter.

“I’m not satisfied,” said Tyler, who was speaking for himself but could have been talking for McBride, too. “It’s been more of a learning experience than I thought it would be. It’s a big step into the NFL. I want to be a star, but I also understand I’ve got a lot to learn and that I’ve got a ways to go.

“I wouldn’t take the season back. I wish we would have won some more games, but there’s been a lot of learning going on, too.”

The Chiefs drafted McBride to help ease the tremendous pressure on starting defensive ends Jared Allen and Tamba Hali. They were hopeful McBride would be ready to start the season’s first two games when Allen was unavailable because of an NFL suspension.

He wasn’t ready, and Jimmy Wilkerson started instead.

McBride plays at tackle in obvious passing situations but hasn’t relieved Allen or Hali much at end. Some of the reserve snaps that should have gone to McBride last week were given to Khreem Smith, who was recently promoted from the practice squad.

“This year was just the foundation,” McBride said. “I learned so much. Next year, I’ll be able to do more. I’ll have everything down. Right now, it seems like I’m hesitating when I get out there.

“It’s an extremely long season. It just seems like it will never end. Counting the preseason, there’s seven more games than we had in college. Practices are a lot more intense.”

Tyler also has relieved starting tackles Ron Edwards and Alfonso Boone as much as the Chiefs had hoped. He has just three tackles and was even inactive for one game against Green Bay last month.

The Chiefs were so disappointed in Tyler early in the season that veteran linebacker Donnie Edwards dragged him into the video room, popped in footage of Tyler busting Minnesota heads at a joint training camp practice and said, “What happened to this player?”

“They’re coming,” coach Herm Edwards said in a less-than-glowing endorsement. “They’re doing all right.

“It takes a while for guys at those positions to understand and to get better. But they’re a lot better than they were early in the season.

“We anticipated they might struggle some in the middle of the season, and they got their second wind now and they’re playing better. Going into next season, they’ll be better. They’re playing some in almost every game.”

But not as much as the Chiefs anticipated. Asked whether this was a reflection on their lack of progress, Edwards said, “It’s because the games have been so close. We feel like we can’t allow teams to have one or two big plays on us. You get nervous about that some.

“You wish those guys could have more snaps. It just seems like every series is a crucial series. It’s not like we’re playing with a big lead.”

There’s danger for the Chiefs in giving up on McBride and Tyler too soon, and they show no indication they will. Many a struggling rookie defensive lineman has gone on to become a dependable player, so it’s premature to call them the latest in a string of failed Chiefs defensive-line draft picks.

But the Chiefs would prefer to see them start to play aggressively sooner rather than later.

“I feel like I’ve had the opportunity a couple of times to bust some heads,” Tyler said. “I have my plays here and there. But there have been some negative plays, too. I plan on busting more of them next year and next game, too.”
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:08 AM   #2
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Sounds like Sedrick Ellis isn't out of the realm of KC selecting him
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:21 AM   #3
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Depressing article. Im not interested in the chiefs much these days. The management is a joke. I've maybe seen 30 minutes of a game the last 3 games.

Now reading a couple high draft picks suck. Bah.
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:51 AM   #4
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Mr. Obvious says that if you are rebuilding through the draft, you can't miss on both your #2 and #3 pick. That is like losing a whole year in the rebuild. I hope at least one of these guys comes around.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:22 AM   #5
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And people wonder why fans feel depressed? All the pre season post draft hype and once again we have two "high flyers" who tank. No pun intended.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:26 AM   #6
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I like these two guys. The seem smart and have a good attitude. D-linemen can take awhile to work out. Albert Hanesworth is in his sixth year and he finally is putting it all together. He looked like a bust to me early on.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:29 AM   #7
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Have Turk and Tank done anything to this point to justify their draft selection? If we have a chance at a top DT next April we should take him.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:40 AM   #8
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I like these two guys. The seem smart and have a good attitude. D-linemen can take awhile to work out. Albert Hanesworth is in his sixth year and he finally is putting it all together. He looked like a bust to me early on.
It seems Albert Haynesworth has caught a common affliction amongst D-Tackles known as "Contractus Yearitis".

I agree with you on Tank and Turk; I'm not ready to give up on them either yet. I think we'll see an improvement in them next year.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:49 AM   #9
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Now reading a couple high draft picks suck. Bah.
Don't believe it. It is a smokescreen. Herm is the best drafter ever!! He is a talent genius!
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:02 AM   #10
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At least Herm drafted the typical Chief. "There's always next year."
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:24 AM   #11
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Don't believe it. It is a smokescreen. Herm is the best drafter ever!! He is a talent genius!
To build through the draft, you need quite a few impact players per draft. How many impact players have Herm/Carl drafted total in the two years?
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:27 AM   #12
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Have Turk and Tank done anything to this point to justify their draft selection? If we have a chance at a top DT next April we should take him.
What in the world have you seen to indicate this management group has any clue at all on which DT to take?
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:28 AM   #13
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Don't believe it. It is a smokescreen. Herm is the best drafter ever!! He is a talent genius!

Once this myth is proven false, there is NO reason to keep him as HC. IMO, Pollard and Page have shown nothing to indicate they they're anything other than serviceable.
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:32 AM   #14
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But not as much as the Chiefs anticipated. Asked whether this was a reflection on their lack of progress, Edwards said, “It’s because the games have been so close."
Of our last 6 games, only 2 were decided by less than 11 points. 3 were lost by 2 touchdowns or more. It's time to stop using the "our games are so close" excuse.
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Old 12-15-2007, 09:33 AM   #15
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To build through the draft, you need quite a few impact players per draft. How many impact players have Herm/Carl drafted total in the two years?

Possibly 1 - Bowe.
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