Nick Bolton: It’s time for young Chiefs defensive players to step up

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Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said recently that the team is going to have to deal with growing pains after parting ways with starters like Tyrann Mathieu and Anthony Hitchens this offseason.

One of the players who will be trying to limit that pain is linebacker Nick Bolton. The 2021 second-round pick started 14 of the 19 games he played during his rookie season and said that “everybody around here has been instilling confidence in me to lead the team” during his second season.

Bolton, who switched to No. 32 after Mathieu’s departure, added that he’s counting on the team’s other young players to fill any void left behind by the departing veterans.

“I feel like it’s our time, our young guys, and not just me. Willie [Gay], Justin Reid, Juan [Thornhill] and the young guys on the defensive line. It’s our time to step up and lead as a group,” Bolton said, via the Chiefs website. “Nobody will replace Hitch or Tyrann Mathieu — those are special guys. There is a reason why they wore Cs, but it’s up to us to come in as a group and get guys in the best position possible to play.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Bolton has been “attacking it like crazy” this offseason and a jump in his second season would be a welcome development on the Chiefs defense.

10 responses to “Nick Bolton: It’s time for young Chiefs defensive players to step up

  1. I love it. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. And ages. The young guys will get better with hard work, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. Mahomes can’t carry the entire team. He’s amazing, but having a stud like Bolton leading the defense will pay dividends. They’re a better team than they were last year.

  2. The team got much better the day Hitchens and Mathieu were canned and no longer regarded as leaders of a horrible defense.

  3. Maybe see if you can get Jones and Clark to exhibit some real effort periodically.

  4. What’s offensive is Native Americans think it’s offensive and that’s all that matters… change it.

  5. They can step up all the want, Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense won’t care

  6. Expecting big things from Bolton and Willie Gay this season and happy to have Justin Reid aboard. Add in 1st round picks Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis and the Chiefs D should be much improved this season.

    Can’t wait to see them in action.

  7. Chief Executive Officer. Cause KC has been the CEO of the AFC for the last few years, “Chiefs” seems to be a fitting name.

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