Outside linebacker Dee Ford wore a huge grin in the locker room following the Chiefs’ 33-27 come-from-behind win over San Diego on Sunday.
And with good reason. Teammates noted this offseason that pressure is mounting on Ford, a former first-round pick, to deliver as a full-time starter. On Sunday, Ford had a sack and made four tackles.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Ford adequately set the edge as a run defender.
“I thought he did a pretty good job setting the point,” Reid said. “People got down on him early on, and rightfully so. But he’s gotten better and he’s worked hard at it. I thought he did a real nice job (Sunday), keeping everything back inside of him and squeezing the tackle.”
Reid said that overall, Ford “had a pretty good game” and mentioned his fourth-quarter sack — the Chiefs’ only one of the day — that essentially ended the Chargers’ last drive and sent the game into overtime.
“We rushed the whole game — you just have to keep going, and then the gift will come to you,” Ford said. “They did a great job of getting it out … but it takes a little bit more than that.”
Ford even flashed a new sack celebration that he said he might continue to use. He held up five fingers, closed his hand and held up five fingers again, signaling his jersey number.
“Yeah, I like that,” Ford said with a laugh. “Five-five. Just a little flash.”