The Chiefs drafted Dontari Poe in the first round this year to be their starting nose tackle but he hasn’t earned the spot yet and may not for some time. For, the Chiefs are going with 315-pound Anthony Toribio at the position.
Toribio joined the Chiefs off waivers from Green Bay two years ago and has done little to attract attention since then. He played sparingly in five games his first season with the Chiefs and then spent all of last season on the practice squad.
Coach Romeo Crennel indicated Toribio might have been the starter last season if not for a leg injury that cost him plenty of practice time during training camp.
“He had a pretty good camp the first couple preseason games,” Crennel said. “He would have been competing for a starting position if he hadn’t gotten hurt. Now he’s rehabbed and now he’s back and that’s why he’s the starter.”
Crennel, a long-time defensive line coach before becoming a coordinator and a head coach, appreciates the nuances of playing the position and indicated Toribio has them mastered.
“Toribio is a technician, a really good technician, in playing that nose,” Crennel said. “That’s one of the things that I look for.”