Yesterday KCKingdom discussed how the line backing corp is a major strength for the Kansas City Chiefs, despite the fact they are one starter short for the 3-4 defensive scheme. The Chiefs added some depth to that line backing corp by signing veteran inside linebacker Zac Diles.
Diles, who played his college ball locally for the Kansas State Wildcats, averaged 70 tackles a game fro the Houston Texans from 2008-2010, including 66 in 2008 in only 8 games. Diles only recorded 14 tackles in 11 games for the Texans in his 2007 rookie campaign, mostly as a special teams performer. He has been a journeyman the past two seasons, with stops in St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Indianapolis, and Tennessee. He recorded 3 tackles in 2011 and had 11 last season for the Titans before breaking his leg in the seventh game of the year.
Although Diles had three successful seasons in Houston, his complete drop-off in production over the past 2 years indicates his signing is little more than dart throwing by Kansas City. Much like the signing of Frank Zombo, General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid are just trying to catch lightening in a bottle and trying to create some competition when camp opens. Zombo, who is an outside line backer, looks to have more upside if he can stay healthy , but Diles has more actual game experience. The Chiefs have very little experience at inside line backer other than Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson.
Kansas City is obviously looking for some cheap depth at line backer. Maybe they get lucky with the likes of Zombo and Diles but usually, at this point in their careers, they are what they are. It is doubtful either can become a key part of the Chiefs’ defense. If either can emerge, so much better for the Chiefs. If not, these are harmless signings.