By Travis Steffen
The Kansas City Chiefs signed former New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor. What does he show on film that makes him a fit for this defense?
The Kansas City Chiefs have made a significant amount of changes to their defense this off-season following the signing of defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Between the changes in the defensive scheme and culture to finding ways to better manage the salary cap, the Chiefs are moving in a new direction in 2019.
Cutting ties to former edge rushers Justin Houston and Dee Ford is one of the biggest topics of the off-season. Many suspected that the team would move on from one, but not both. So far, Kansas City has only brought in one new defensive end to replace those edge rushers and that is former New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor.
Okafor is not the kind of player that Chiefs fans are used to when talking about edge rushers. Given the last decade of pass rushers consisting of guys like Houston, Ford, and Tamba Hali, fans have grown accustomed to high-quality sack numbers. Okafor is not that kind of rusher. He’s more of the guy who will do the dirty work in the trenches and open up holes for other players to get into the...