Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (91)Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

KC Chiefs: Defensive Player Profiles Central

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The KC Chiefs are coming off the most remarkable single season turnaround in franchise history. After going 2-14 in 2012, the Chiefs took advantage of a last place schedule to go win their first 9 games of the 2013 season, and finished with an 11-5 record.

One year after having the worst record in the NFL, and having the 1st overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Kansas City made the playoffs. A new General manager and Head Coach certainly helped the Chiefs pull off the amazing transition from the worst team in the league to a playoff team.

This season, the challenge to stay a playoff caliber team many be even more difficult. The KC Chiefs have a tougher schedule, and they lost several key pieces from last year’s postseason roster.

Offensive linemen Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz, and Jon Asamoah have moved on. Dexter McCluster has taken his electric punt returning skills elsewhere.

General Manager John Dorsey and Head Coach Andy Reid have had to bargain shop because the Chiefs are up against the salary cap.

Last season, the defense played very well in the first half of the season but injuries and poor play cost them games down the stretch, including heart breaking defensive collapse in the postseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Hopefully, their draft research this year will pay off in a positive way. If some of the players the KC Chiefs brought in as free agents pan out, plus if some of the players already on the roster can develop into viable NFL contributors, the Chiefs have chance to return to the postseason.

KC Kingdom is providing you with a series of player profiles, giving you look at each player that has a chance at helping the Chiefs this season. To check out any of the profiles we have already written about defensive players, just click on “player profile” after their names.

Dee Fordplayer profile

Chris Owensplayer profile

Nico Johnsonplayer profile

Mike Catapanoplayer profile

Frank Zomboplayer profile

Vance Walkerplayer profile

Marcus Cooperplayer profile

Phillip Gainesplayer profile

Jermelle Cudjoplayer profile

Allen Baileyplayer profile

Kyle Loveplayer profile

Dustin Colquittplayer profile

Ron Parkerplayer profile

Husain Abdullahplayer profile

Sean Smithplayer profile

Dontari Poeplayer profile

Tamba Haliplayer profile

Derrick Johnsonplayer profile

Eric Berryplayer profile

 

This list will be updated as we add player profiles over the next several weeks. We hope this helps you get acquainted with the Chiefs’ roster, both new and returning players.

For the list of offensive player profiles, click here.

 

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