Football 2014: The Star’s annual special preview section

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As columnist Sam Mellinger explains, few plays electrify a football stadium — and neutralize an opposing offense — like a thundering sack of the quarterback.

And this isn’t just the stuff of daydreams for the Chiefs, although we did choose to have a little fantasy fun with the four section covers (part of one is pictured) for Football 2014, our annual special preview — which also appeared in 48 pages of Sunday’s print editions of The Kansas City Star.

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Here in the land of barbecue and jazz, the Chiefs boast a rich history of putting opposing quarterbacks on their backsides. You’ll read how KC legends like Bobby Bell, Art Still, Neil Smith, Jared Allen and of course Derrick Thomas set the tone for fierce defense, and how hard-working heirs Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and rookie Dee Ford (pictured from left) are hungry to recapture that past glory.

You’ll also learn more about defensive line guru Craig Kuligowski of Mizzou and defensive end Ryan Mueller of Kansas State, as well as Blue Springs twins Carlos and Khalil Davis, who are aiming for a state-title threepeat before trading in their Wildcats uniforms for those of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Fantasy? Hardly.

Around here, sacking the quarterback is a way of life.

The Chiefs and the NFL

Sam Mellinger: KC Chiefs’ identity has been built on great pass rushers

Vahe Gregorian: Deacon Jones redirected football, and ripples remain in today’s NFL

Former Chiefs QB Trent Green knows well how a hit can change things

Other side of the sack: Brett Favre feels impact of being NFL’s most-hit QB

Family powers Kansas City Chiefs’ Dee Ford, who doubles as a dynamite pass rusher and renaissance man

Chiefs’ ‘Pass Rush City’ started more than 50 years ago

The Star’s Kansas City Chiefs dream team of pass rushers

Drafting Derrick Thomas ushered in a decade of excellence for KC Chiefs

Counting down the greatest pass-rush moves of all-time, with GIFs

Sam Mellinger’s favorite NFL sack dances, with GIFs

The top five pass rushers in today’s NFL

KC Chiefs’ Eric Fisher is still a work in progress at left tackle

Chiefs hope to mimic Seattle’s defensive-line depth

What KC Chiefs general manager John Dorsey looks for in a pass rusher

Kansas City Chiefs’ history shows cornerbacks contribute to great pass rush

NFL blitz: Predictions, players to watch and more for the 2014 season

Predicting the Chiefs’ 2014 NFL schedule

Missouri, the SEC and the nation

Missouri assistant Craig Kuligowski produces NFL-ready defensive linemen

2014 Missouri football preview, with schedule

The Star’s top five Missouri pass rushers

SEC blitz: Projections, bowl teams and award winners for 2014

Defensive lines define dominance in SEC

NCAA blitz: College football award and conference champion predictions for 2014

Blair Kerkhoff: How will first College Football Playoff shape up? Look to past preseason polls

MIAA: Emporia State doesn’t let bad moment stunt its growth

Kansas, K-State and the Big 12

Kansas State’s Ryan Mueller overcame long odds and is hungry for more

2014 Kansas State football preview, with schedule

The Star’s top five K-State pass rushers

Linebacker Ben Heeney is a diamond on a rough KU football team

2014 Kansas football preview, with schedule

The Star’s top five Kansas pass rushers

Big 12 blitz: Projections, bowl teams and award winners for 2014

High schools

Blue Springs twins Carlos and Khalil Davis are double trouble for opponents

Suburban Conference Gold preview

Suburban Conference Red preview

Suburban Conference White preview

Suburban Conference Blue preview

Eastern Kansas League preview

Sunflower League preview

| Jeff Rosen,

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