Chiefs plan to use Chris Jones as an edge rusher

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Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones may be Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones for much of this season.

Kansas City defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said Jones is practicing on the outside and that the Chiefs think they can benefit from using him as an edge rusher this season.

“He is an imposing player inside,” Spagnuolo said, via ESPN. “We all know that. . . . Hopefully, we will gain something on the edge. When somebody changes a position, obviously the first part of it is the mental part of it. Chris is working through that. That’s important when you change a position. It’s just not that easy to pick up a whole new spot. There are some different things with a defensive end. He’ll play out there a little bit. We’ll move him back inside when we have to.”

Jones will still line up plenty at tackle, but the Chiefs believe they can create matchup advantages by moving Jones around on the defensive line.

“Maybe it will come down to who we’re playing and where maybe we can find a weakness and expose that weakness in the five offensive linemen,” Spagnuolo said. “We’ve just got to get him used to playing the two spots right now and figure out the rest of it.”

Jones is one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, and the Chiefs think they can make him even better by making him more versatile, and lining him up all over their defensive line.

14 responses to “Chiefs plan to use Chris Jones as an edge rusher

  1. So he can run his mouth and NOT show up in big games from the edge too. Nice!!

  2. Say what you will, but KC has done everything they can to address their off season issues, including bolstering the line on both sides. Something that had to be done and now KCs O and D line BOTH look nasty. Can your team say the same about their off season productivity?

  3. Umm, they’ve always moved him around and he is a 3-4 DE. They use him like Seynour.

    Not much to see here.

    However, seems like a waste as a 4-3 edge rusher on 3rds. kCs D is a sieve otherwise.

  4. The Vikings tried this with John Randle. It worked from time to time but largely created an exploitable spot at his natural tackle position. On the surface it seems like a good idea but it is best done a couple times a game as a surprise.

  5. unbridledsexy says:
    June 15, 2021 at 8:38 am
    Say what you will, but KC has done everything they can to address their off season issues, including bolstering the line on both sides. Something that had to be done and now KCs O and D line BOTH look nasty. Can your team say the same about their off season productivity?

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    Umm, yes?

    First off, your team is in a cap hell. Mahomes makes 30 mil and 40 mil per thereafter. Let’s just hope he is not hurt again this year to play poorly in another super bowl to avoid that Elway tag.

    As for your signings, you lost Watkins, you are renting your LT, Mathieu is gone after 2021, you lost your RB in Williams, Long is cooked, Thuney is great but you overpaid out of desperation, and a guy like Kelce isn’t getting any younger.

    This is the stage where flipping out of players at once continuously means your team lacks a base of continuity due to the early throws of cap hell.

    Enjoy!

  6. You know you have become a top franchise when other fans try to tear down every move your team make. So by all means carry on with your put downs.

  7. Critics are overzealous in their criticism of this team. If the Chiefs announce tomorrow that they’re changing the uniform of their hot dog vendors at Arrowhead stadium, there’d be a cacophony of looney criticism: “Huge mistake!” they’d say. “They must be scared of the Bucs’ weiny vendors.”

  8. Bobo Moonshine says:
    June 15, 2021 at 10:36 am
    You know you have become a top franchise when other fans try to tear down every move your team make. So by all means carry on with your put downs.

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    As Pats fans, we’re keenly aware of that aspect. Thr problem is your D gets tuned up a lot and you have a lot of expensive players at the moment, all at once.

    That’s why Watkins had to go, Mathieu is gone sooner rather than later, you’re renting your LT who was dealt literally to gouge whoever pays him, when he’s not a premier Tackle to begin with.

    So, you’ll be having continuous issues by not drafting well, throwing away picks for rentals, etc, as Mahomes makes 30 mil in a flattened cap and makes 40 next year. So, your team will have gaping holes in 2022
    and beyond.

    That’s the difference.

  9. They gotta do something because Frank Clark isn’t getting it done since signing that huge contract.

  10. 3 straight AFC championship games, 6 consecutive years to the playoffs, 2 SB births and a SB victory.

    Call it “cap hell” if you want, we Chiefs fans call it winning. Isn’t that the goal, to use the cap and win at all costs? Whatever cap situation we’re in, we have the best record in football over the last few years and won a super bowl. I call whatever comes next “house money”. We went 50 years without a SB win, we’ll enjoy whatever comes next no matter the outcome.

  11. People want to short-sell KC because they got spanked in the SB. Losers have to chew on it and get with it. The OL disaster was a lot of bad luck and, unfortunately, a lot of wish fulfillment. It looks like they have corrected that affliction. When Mahomes is back to his own self, firing lasers all over the field, get back to me.

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