The Chiefs will likely catch a break, if you can call it that, against the Cowboys and their fabulous pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware on Sunday.
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
Ware, you undoubtedly know, is perhaps the games best pass rusher or, at least, the games best pass rusher not named J.J. Watt. Since entering the league in 2005, here is the complete list of players with more sacks than Wares 111:
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Actually, here is the complete list of players who are even within 25 sacks or Wares total since 2005:
Thats it. Thats the list.
Anyway, watching the Cowboys-Giants game you couldnt help but wonder how the Chiefs would block Ware. But if you watch closely actually, you dont even have to watch all that closely you see that Ware is lined up almost exclusively against the left tackle.
The Cowboys switched to a 4-3 defense this year that puts Ware as a defensive lineman instead of an outside linebacker, and they are apparently intent on rushing him from the right side a right-handed quarterbacks blindside.
There are a million positives the Cowboys see in the switch, but one obvious downside is that as an outside linebacker Ware regularly flipped from the right side to the left in order to take advantage of mismatches. This year, apparently, he will not do that.
Heres a quote from Ware in this ESPN blog piece before the Cowboys-Giants game:
"I've been on the right since the preseason. They will probably leave me there."
Another key passage:
Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin doesn't like to move players around along the defensive line that much. If you're on the right side, stay there. Right?
"Hell be playing right end," Kiffin said of Ware. "Yeah. For the most part yeah we (don't)."
So, for the Chiefs purposes this weekend, that means Ware will be lined up predominantly against left tackle Branden Albert a better matchup for them at this point than rookie right tackle Eric Fisher.
For more Xs and Os, you guys really should be reading everything Terez Paylor does.