As columnist Sam Mellinger explains, few plays electrify a football stadium — and neutralize an opposing offense — like a thundering sack of the quarterback.
And this isn’t just the stuff of daydreams for the Chiefs, although we did choose to have a little fantasy fun with the four section covers (part of one is pictured) for Football 2014, our annual special preview — which also appeared in 48 pages of Sunday’s print editions of The Kansas City Star.
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Here in the land of barbecue and jazz, the Chiefs boast a rich history of putting opposing quarterbacks on their backsides. You’ll read how KC legends like Bobby Bell, Art Still, Neil Smith, Jared Allen and of course Derrick Thomas set the tone for fierce defense, and how hard-working heirs Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and rookie Dee Ford (pictured from left) are hungry to recapture that past glory.
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You’ll also learn more about defensive line guru Craig Kuligowski of Mizzou and defensive end Ryan Mueller of Kansas State, as well as Blue Springs twins Carlos and Khalil Davis, who are aiming for a state-title threepeat before trading in their Wildcats uniforms for those of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Around here, sacking the quarterback is a way of life.
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Vahe Gregorian: Deacon Jones redirected football, and ripples remain in today’s NFL
Former Chiefs QB Trent Green knows well how a hit can change things
Other side of the sack: Brett Favre feels impact of being NFL’s most-hit QB
Family powers Kansas City Chiefs’ Dee Ford, who doubles as a dynamite pass rusher and renaissance man
Chiefs’ ‘Pass Rush City’ started more than 50 years ago
The Star’s Kansas City Chiefs dream team of pass rushers
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