The Essex View: Getting Defensive

This week in our first edition of the Essex View we go defensive. This offseason the Kansas City Chiefs spent lots of bucks brining in some big time talent. How have they done through week 12?

This defense has improved so much that most people think that the Kansas City Chiefs will make the playoffs and be contenders for a Super Bowl. They are better especially on defense thanks to a trio of players.

The gem of the Chiefs 2005 offseason has to be cornerback Patrick Surtain. He brought a reputation as one of the best in the business and he's shown that this season for the Chiefs. He brings great field awareness and has a nose for the football. On the season he has 31 solo tackles and two interceptions; including a big one against the Denver Broncos in the end zone last Sunday at Arrowhead.

Plus his leadership on defense has helped bring a winning attitude to this team. That's why Chiefs President Carl Peterson made the move and would not give up until he had secured the rights to Surtain.

Then there is Safety Sammy Knight who is one of the leagues best ball-hawkers. He hunts for the ball and when he's near it something good generally happens for the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Many times he creates turnovers or recovers fumbles. So far he has 48 tackles, one interception and two fumble recoveries including an 80-yard return against the New York Jets on opening day.

He is viewed as the ‘Coach' on the field for the defense and his reputation as a leader has certainly been used to gel the defensive secondary.

Finally there is defensive end Jared Allen the man beast. This year he's been going crazy with 37 tackles, eight sacks and has put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

His ability to get to the quarterback has made him tone of the premier rushing defensive ends in the league. He's one of the few positive leftover from last year but now is one of many new stars on the Kansas Chiefs defense. So many players falter after a successful rookie season that it's good to see he didn't fall victim to the ‘sophomore' jinx.

Next week will explore another Chiefs topic at Warpaint Illustrated. Thanks for reading the ‘Essex View' and we'll chat after the Dallas Cowboys game.

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