Anyone who happened to watch the Chiefs and Raiders game last week couldn’t help noticing defensive end Glenn Dorsey’s disruptive day.
This was only surprising because Dorsey, a player that many draftniks preferred to Matt Ryan in the 2008, has mostly been known for making his sizable frame disappear on Sundays.
His tenure with new coach Todd Haley didn’t start well; Dorsey wasn’t allowed to practice for the first five days of training camp because he was out of shape. But he’s shown signs of life in defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s 3-4 defense, where he plays defensive end.
Dorsey had four official tackles against Oakland, making a consistent impact in the running game while he took up blockers. Dorsey does not play on clear passing downs.
“That was probably the best we’ve seen from [Dorsey] to date since we’ve
been together,” Pendergast said. “He’s
showing up more. But we’ve got 14 more to go, so hopefully he’ll
continue to make progress.”
Haley continues to stress Dorsey’s conditioning level, and Dorsey knows he has a long way to go.
“You could say that was my best game,” Dorsey said. “I was able to make
a few plays . . . I did OK. I still have a lot of things I have to work on.”
The former LSU Tigeer isn’t going to be a player that racks up sacks, especially because of the scheme. But he’s showing signs of being a productive regular for a surprisingly frisky Chiefs defense.
Considering where Dorsey was in August, that’s pretty good.