Tamba Hali Training Another Chiefs Defender After George Karlaftis' Breakout

Tamba Hali had 89.5 career sacks for the Chiefs
Tamba Hali had 89.5 career sacks for the Chiefs / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tamba Hali is one of the best Chiefs' defenders in recent memory and he's now helping the team by training young pass rushers. He helped mentor George Karlaftis last offseason before the 2022 first-rounder's breakout season and now he's turned his attention to Felix Anudike-Uzomah.

Originally picked in the first round of the 2023 draft, Anudike-Uzomah saw limited playing time due to a crowded positional group but hopes to take a step forward in 2024. If Karlaftis' jump to 10.5 sacks is any indication, Anudike-Uzomah could quickly become a force under Hali's tutelage.

Hali, who had 89.5 career sacks with Kansas City, seems to have a real knack for this teaching thing.

Tamba Hali Seen Working Out With Felix Anudike-Uzomah

In the above video, the two are working on martial arts techniques, a strategy Hali used during his playing days to get an edge over bigger, stronger offensive linemen. Karlaftis utilized this training to develop additional pass-rush moves and now Anudike-Uzomah gets the same opportunity.

The former Kansas State Wildcat had only 14 tackles and half of a sack in 2023 though will likely see an expanded role early in the season as Charles Omenihu completes his rehab from a torn ACL. If Anudike-Uzomah hits the ground running, Steve Spagnuolo will have no choice but to keep giving him snaps.

Anudike-Uzomah had 19.5 combined sacks over his final two years in college and projects as a quality defensive end. We haven't seen much of him in action, though I'm excited about what he could become with more training.

This is an important evaluation season, as Omenihu and Anudike-Uzomah are essentially in direct competition. Omenihu's contract is up after this season and a strong year from Anudike-Uzomah will likely make the former expendable. If Hali has his way, the Chiefs' 2023 first-round pick could prove to be a bargain after all.

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