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Catapano finds motivation in Chiefs’ playoff collapse

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Plenty of lessons were learned when the Chiefs blew a 38-10 lead at Indianapolis in the playoffs.  One guy learned a lesson without actually playing much.

Defensive end Mike Catapano, a seventh-round pick in 2013, participated in only two snaps.  As he watched a 28-point lead disintegrate, he vowed that he wouldn’t be a bystander in 2014.

“I remember sitting there and watching, thinking I’m never going to be sitting and watching ever again,” Catapano said, via John Cordes of the Associated Press.  “I wanted to be out there hunting.”

Catapano took it upon himself to addresses his weaknesses as a pass-rushing defensive end in a 3-4 defense.  After bumping his weight from 270 to 281 last year, he added another 10 pounds this offseason.

“That’s on me, to build the coaches’ trust in me,” Catapano said.  “They want to know I’m not a liability against the run.  They want to know I’m rocking and rolling on all cylinders.”

One fairly important member of the coaching staff has taken notice.

“He’s worked very hard and stayed in great condition while gaining weight and strength,” defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said.  “He also has some natural pass-rush ability, a feel for that part of the game.  He gives us another piece we can move around.  He’s capable of playing inside or outside, and he’s got enough old linebacker skills that you can drop him some.  He’s a very versatile guy for us.”

He hopes to be versatile — and effective.

“So I have a goal, and it’s definitely a high goal,” Catapano said.  “People say, ‘Oh, you made the team, you played substantially last year,’ and I just roll my eyes at that stuff.  People have no idea what’s gonna come.”

Remember the name.  It’s not Capatano or Capitano or Captain Anno.  It’s Catapano, and he plans to catapult into relevance this season.

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11 Responses to “Catapano finds motivation in Chiefs’ playoff collapse”
  1. bonnovi says: Jun 28, 2014 9:11 PM

    That was a pretty embarrassing collapse by them.

  2. 4ever19 says: Jun 28, 2014 9:21 PM

    As a Colts fan, I found it most edifying. It would have been much sweeter had it been the Patsies, but still the comeback was something to savor.

  3. shayeezy says: Jun 28, 2014 9:38 PM

    mark it down, this guy is the next justin smith. lack of competition in the Ivy League is the only reason he didn’t develop sooner, but the chiefs got him as a project and it will start paying off this season.

  4. gbatap says: Jun 28, 2014 10:42 PM

    You will not find a more svelte dline then in kc and that’s saying something considering they ate in the top 5 in the league for lbs/player. Poe, Bailey and Cat are all monstrous human beings with almost no body fat.

  5. carpi2 says: Jun 28, 2014 11:21 PM

    Catapano missed the primary lesson; he’s a member of an Andy Reid led team. Postseason collapses are par for the course. Better get used to more of those buddy!

  6. riverhorsey says: Jun 28, 2014 11:36 PM

    I think this guy us going to be a star. He has the attitude for sure.

  7. joetoronto says: Jun 29, 2014 4:33 AM

    That was a monumental collapse, the way that house of cards crumbled was amazing.

    Just choke baby.

  8. trspat says: Jun 29, 2014 6:16 AM

    That really wasn’t a collapse. .. like 8 starters went down that game with injuries. Charles don’t go down, they go to the SB and play Seattle a better game than we saw.

  9. jamarcusgabbert says: Jun 29, 2014 9:40 AM

    He will be cut in training camp…

  10. seachicken64 says: Jun 29, 2014 10:24 AM

    “took it upon himself to addresses his weaknesses” WTF?

  11. jjackwagon says: Jun 29, 2014 6:20 PM

    Just choke baby.

    4 & 48..SMDH.

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