Outside linebacker Dee Ford only played three defensive snaps in the Chiefs’ 26-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, which coach Andy Reid has admitted isn’t enough for the club’s latest first-round pick.
“Dee Ford probably didn’t have enough snaps,” Reid said. “We’ve got to work him into the rotation and do a better job there, which we’ll do.”
Reid said Ford, who is listed at 6 feet 2 and 252 pounds, is slowly improving.
“He’s getting better in the run game,” Reid said. “Right now his strength is the pass game, but he’s doing better. There’s some thing you can do rotationally there where he gets in and has an opportunity to play.”
Ford only got on the field Sunday when the Chiefs used a formation that featured only one interior lineman, Dontari Poe, and three outside linebackers in Ford and starters Justin Houston and Tamba Hali.
Not surprisingly, Ford unveiled his best pass-rush move — a dip-and-rip — on at least one occasion but didn’t record a hurry or a sack.
Ford, who has also shown an occasional bull rush, said he understands he needs to develop additional pass-rush moves.
“It’s natural but it doesn’t work every time,” Ford said of his go-to move. “I’ve got a lot to learn. I’ve really humbled myself. I’m just trying to learn, play fast when I’m out there. … You’ve got to build those counter moves.”
Ford believes he was thinking too much during the preseason, but he knows it might take time for him to develop a feel for those counters.
“The thing about is, say I wanted to come inside,” Ford said. “Soon as you plan it, it doesn’t work. It’s harder than you think. It’s all reaction. I’ve just got to continue to work it.”