Former Auburn DE Dee Ford was a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but didn’t burst onto the scene for the Kansas City Chiefs until last year.
The ex-Tiger recorded 10 sacks in his first year as a starter, but he thinks he’s capable of even more in the coming years.
According to AL.com, Ford said he’s working to learn the nuances of rushing the passer:
“It sounds breezy to just run around and hit the quarterback,” Ford said. “It’s not that easy. There are a whole lot of things that come with it.”
Ford is working with former NFL defensive end Chuck Smith, who has also worked with NFL stars like Von Miller and Robert Mathis, among others. Ford said he’s loved working with Smith so far:
“He’s lived it,” Ford said of Smith. “That’s what guys like. He’s been around it. How can you give piano lessons if you’ve never played the piano? Chuck has played the position, and he is so passionate about pass rush. He breaks it down where you won’t forget it. I think he’s a great addition for any player looking to take their game to the next level.”
Coming off his 10-sack season in 2016, if Ford can improve his game even more for 2017, opposing quarterbacks are going to have a tough time playing against the Chiefs.