Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford
aims to be more consistent in 2017
Dee Ford received a bit of
a financial windfall a few weeks ago when the Chiefs formally exercised his
fifth-year option, which will pay him approximately $8.7 million in 2018.
26, is even close to
resting on his laurels after a breakout 10-sack season at outside
linebacker,But if you think Ford, you’ve got another thought coming.
” Ford said of the Chiefs’
decision to exercise the option. “But my focus is on, if I do what I’ve got to
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a first-round pick in 2014
who generally silenced his critics after two quiet seasons to start his
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guaranteed only for injury,Yannick
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before next season and wipe that entire salary from the books.
the Chiefs can still work
out a long-term contract with Ford if they so choose, a decision that will, in
part,On the flip side, hinge on his performance in 2017.
when he led the Chiefs in
sacks and quarterback hurries (17),So while Ford’s stats were good in 2016,
there’s still room for improvement.
“It was inconsistency,”
a development Ford
attributes, as all 10 came in the Chiefs’ first nine games. One thing that
sticks in his craw is the fact that he failed to record a single sack in the
Chiefs’ last eight games, at least in part,Ford racked up his sacks in bunches
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Reid during last year’s organized team activities.
“There were high points and
there were low points — the ultimate point was that I wasn’t healthy,Authentic
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year and what you were doing and you tweak your plan so you don’t run into
those brick walls.”
a move he was forced to
make in late November,Authentic
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Brandon Allen Jersey,Ford is also adamant that the tendinitis had
more to do with his drop in production than his switch from left outside
linebacker to right outside linebacker,Brandon
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from injury and reclaimed the spot Ford had been thriving in for the better
part of three months.
” Ford said,“I do different
moves on the right side of the line than I do on the left, “but I can rush on
Ford’s goal is to be
healthy so he can execute those things. He believes in his pass-rush plan,So
yes, and doesn’t anticipate making significant changes to his repertoire.
“I’m not changing
anything,” Ford said. “I’m just trying to do what I do better.”
he said, will include
working out with pass-rush specialist Chuck Smith in July as Ford prepares for
training camp,Part of that process, which will begin later that month.