Three questions with Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton:
•Outside of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, what pass rushers are standing out?
“Dontari Poe has been very effective on the inside. At different times, we’ve had different guys stand up. Allen Bailey was pretty good there and did a good job … We’ll learn a lot more about the pass rush as we get into the preseason and see (the pass rush) against other people.”
•Has Poe’s weight loss helped his pass rushing ability?
“To me, he’s a remarkable athlete for a big man. He has great quickness in there, he has great body control. He can slither and move. I know that is hard to imagine, even though he’s down to 340, but he has the ability to do that and that’s an unusual skill-level for a guy that big. That makes him both effective as a pass rusher and a run defender.
“The one thing he can always bring is pass rush, but he has the ability to strength, bulk and power as a great bull rusher. He also has the ability to get on the edge of you and beat you. That makes it a real force when you have Justin and Tamba on the outside, where you can create that pressure and all of a sudden that inside push becomes really important because the quarterback has to step up to help his tackles. Those guys can really work well together.”
•Are there any individual players you’re eager to get a look at in the preseason?
“One of the things I’m most interested in is to see how we’re going to function as a unit. Obviously everybody is going to play in that game and we’ll get a chance to see how they play and see how you respond. One of the real challenges in the NFL is what do you do when things go bad? How are you going to be, whether it’s one play or one quarter. My experience is when you’re around good teams is they have the ability to stay on task. Of all the things, I think that’s the thing I’m most interested in to see.’’