The Kansas City Chiefs first team defense was much more unexpected. Up front it was Allen Bailey, Dontari Poe, and Jaye Howard. Behind them were Derrick Johnson and Josh Mauga in the middle of the linebackers, but Dee Ford and Frank Zombo on the outside. In the secondary it was Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson on the outside with Ron Parker and Daniel Sorenson at safety.
Despite the replacement players being in, it certainly seems as though the Chiefs defense still stole the show on the opening day. The first team defense racked up a pair of interceptions off of Tyler Bray by Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson. A few other passes were batted down by the secondary.
The defense normally has an even tougher time of it than the offense at the start of camp because there are no pads or tackling yet. So it is difficult to know exactly how things would actually play out. Certainly there is little to no pass rush so far.
Today is just the first day for most of the team, so we expect some rust to be knocked off. As time passes, and the pads come on, we’ll start to get a real feel for this team. Fans shouldn’t be too concerned with any of the players that missed today. Compared to the rest of the league, the Chiefs look to be in great health and shape. It’s a good start to Training Camp.