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Old 03-23-2013, 08:22 PM  
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Teicher:DeVito, an addition to the Chiefs’ defensive line, can’t wait to get started

DeVito, an addition to the Chiefs’ defensive line, can’t wait to get started
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
Mike DeVito won’t be on the field for the plays that fans pay good money to see, the ones featured on highlight shows.

He won’t play much for his new team, the Chiefs, on passing plays. But DeVito, a veteran defensive lineman, signed recently after six seasons with the New York Jets, wouldn’t have it any other way.

He prefers the dirty work of playing on running downs.

“There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing,” DeVito said. “I want to hit and be physical every play. If I don’t hit somebody, I know something is wrong. That first- and second-down run game, that’s where I live. That’s what I enjoy. I want to continue to try to get better at that and improve my craft.”

With the Jets, DeVito was good enough against the run that the Chiefs signed him on the day the free-agent market opened. One of New York’s coaches last season was Bob Sutton, the new Chiefs’ defensive coordinator.

“He played a big part in me coming here,” DeVito said. “I played for Bob for six years, and he’s somebody I have a ton of respect for. He’s a guy you want to give your all for.

“He’s a guy who really helped me progress. He took an interest in me even though he was a defensive coordinator, and then a linebackers coach, and I was a defensive lineman, and he helped me get better. He’s make sure I was keeping up on my techniques and my habits.”

The Chiefs relied on Sutton’s recommendation in signing DeVito.

“DeVito is one of those blue-collar guys,” general manager John Dorsey said. “He lines up. He plays. He gives you everything he’s got. He’s tenacious. Football is very important for him.”

DeVito can play all the defensive-line positions. He will most likely wind up at end in the starting spot vacated when Glenn Dorsey signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.

DeVito’s football background is about as far from Glenn Dorsey’s as can be. Dorsey was drafted by the Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in 2008; DeVito joined the Jets the previous season as an undrafted free agent.

Dorsey played in college at LSU, where he was a member of a national championship team.

DeVito played at Maine, a Division I-AA school.

“I remember when I first came into the league, it was like, ‘Lord, just let me just make practice squad for one year,’ ” DeVito said. “Then it was, ‘Lord, let me just make the team this year.’ Then it was, ‘Lord, let me just sign this new contract.’ To hit this point in my career, to get this contract and to be a part of this organization, I can’t speak enough about how blessed I am.”

The Chiefs will ask DeVito to help improve a weak run defense. They were among the weakest teams in the NFL last season in yards allowed per opponent’s rushing attempt.

DeVito will usually come out of the lineup on obvious passing downs. But he will be asked to rush the quarterback when the opponent throws on early downs, and that’s where he wants to show improvement.

DeVito had just 2½ sacks in six seasons with New York.

“I want to continue to bring an aspect of the pass rush, as well,” DeVito said. “I have some things set up to help me grow as a pass rusher, as well. I’ve got a lot of great pass-rush tape. Sometimes the best way to work on the pass rush is to watch guys do it. I’ve got some tape of guys going out there making plays and rushing the passer and just see what guys are using and what’s working.”

The Chiefs begin their offseason conditioning program April 1, with practices beginning later in the month.

They can’t start soon enough for DeVito.

“I’m going to continue to work out and be ready to hit the ground running when I get here,” DeVito said. “I want to be in great shape. I’m going to go back and study some of that pass-rush stuff. I think it’s really important to go back and grade myself from the film from last year, see where I went wrong, see what I can improve on.

“Trust me, I’m ready to roll today. If they opened this thing up today, I’m ready to go. I’m excited about it. I’m going to be on the edge of my seat every night.”
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:22 AM   #16
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It is interesting that Sutton didn't want to resign Ropapatuti, or whatever his name was, since he played for him in NY.

That's not from the article, of course, I just suddenly thought of it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:51 AM   #17
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:42 AM   #18
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2 1/2 sacks in 6 years. But he's got a plan to watch tape and figure out how to be an awesome pass rusher.,
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #19
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Someone should come out with a parody blog where they write fake Chiefs new that's the exact OPPOSITE of what the KC Star shits out.
you might be on to something here.

post the original article, and then the fake one, just so you don't get bant. or whatever.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:38 AM   #20
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As has been pointed out here numerous times, teams are passing the ball on first and second down as much as they are running it.

There is simply no such thing as a running down anymore.

A one dimensional run stuffer in today's NFL on the D-Line is a useless relic.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:03 AM   #21
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KC Star is writing the same articles over and over again.

(Insert name) can't wait to get started.

Blah Blah Blah Blah.

How about something more substantive... such as why won't the Chiefs buck a 30 year trend of not drafting a QB in the first round.
Actually, they haven't. This is a puff piece and I hate puff pieces, but they're important and Pioli would NEVER let players be anything more than robots. I've said for a while that we need more homer fans. As much as they drive me crazy, they all make Arrowhead a great place to play. Something Pioli was too stupid to realize.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:07 AM   #22
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As has been pointed out here numerous times, teams are passing the ball on first and second down as much as they are running it.

There is simply no such thing as a running down anymore.

A one dimensional run stuffer in today's NFL on the D-Line is a useless relic.
Devito isn't a good pass defender, but he's not really a liability either. Keep in mind that the Rex Ryan defense is fairly similar to 2-gap in that you have DEs who play more 2-gap, except that it relies on a TON of blitz pressure and mixtures of alignments. I agree that D-linemen need versatility in the new age of no huddle offenses. Keep in mind that DeVito can play lots of different techniques.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:12 AM   #23
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Devito isn't a good pass defender, but he's not really a liability either. Keep in mind that the Rex Ryan defense is fairly similar to 2-gap in that you have DEs who play more 2-gap, except that it relies on a TON of blitz pressure and mixtures of alignments. I agree that D-linemen need versatility in the new age of no huddle offenses. Keep in mind that DeVito can play lots of different techniques.
Ryan used a lot of blitz because the Jets lacked any semblence of a pass rush threat.
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As has been pointed out here numerous times, teams are passing the ball on first and second down as much as they are running it.

There is simply no such thing as a running down anymore.

A one dimensional run stuffer in today's NFL on the D-Line is a useless relic.
In a 3-4 deffense how many sacks should a decent to good DE make a year?


Is more than 3 too much to ask? Or is one a year if that like T Jack makes good enough? I'm asking because it would be nice to get sack production out of our DEs. How many should they be getting a year?
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Devito isn't a good pass defender, but he's not really a liability either. Keep in mind that the Rex Ryan defense is fairly similar to 2-gap in that you have DEs who play more 2-gap, except that it relies on a TON of blitz pressure and mixtures of alignments. I agree that D-linemen need versatility in the new age of no huddle offenses. Keep in mind that DeVito can play lots of different techniques.
Romeo is probably one of the few guys who nearly always uses an odd front, which requires both DEs to play 2gap tech.

Ryan and Sutton both will play 2 gap from the odd but also use a variety of fronts out of their base 3-4 alignment (over ed, under reduce, etc) which will usually involve 1 DE playing 2gap principles whilst the NT and other DE playing upfield techs/principles.
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In a 3-4 deffense how many sacks should a decent to good DE make a year?


Is more than 3 too much to ask? Or is one a year if that like T Jack makes good enough? I'm asking because it would be nice to get sack production out of our DEs. How many should they be getting a year?
The Bruce Smiths and JJ Watts are not the norm.

Getting pressure and penetration from your defensive line to create opportunities for your pass rushing LBS is what you hope for.

The Steelers line through the years haven't recorded a bunch of sacks, but we know the names of James Harrison and Lamar Woodly due in large part because of thde work along the line.
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The Bruce Smiths and JJ Watts are not the norm.

Getting pressure and penetration from your defensive line to create opportunities for your pass rushing LBS is what you hope for.

The Steelers line through the years haven't recorded a bunch of sacks, but we know the names of James Harrison and Lamar Woodly due in large part because of thde work along the line.
This can't be stated enough.
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