Later in that game, as you can see below, Kiko had a nuanced but impressive fill to tackle Thomas for a loss of two yards. When you hear about a player being ‘instinctive’, a less intangible way of looking at that skill is to call it ‘play recognition’. The quicker a player can diagnose what a play is and where it’s going, the more ‘instinctive’ that player can appear. Obviously, there is some innate talent involved with that. Vision, balance, and study of offensive tendencies helps too.
Below, you can see Alonso recognize the inside handoff almost immediately, have the piece of mind (and quickness) to avoid the oncoming center, then move upfield to stonewall the run.
Kansas City upstart OLB Justin Houston isn’t as well known as some of Kansas City’s elite defenders like Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, Brandon Flowers, or even the Combine Superstar Dontari Poe, but he’s putting up DPOY style numbers and those stats aren’t flukey. The third year player has emerged as a force on the outside for KC and has catapulted himself into the national spotlight – this after quietly earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2012 as a bright spot of the woeful Chiefs season.
Coming in a close second was Colts LB Robert Mathis, who leads the NFL in sacks with 11.5. Both players are clearly deserving based on the first half of the 2013 season, but the Chiefs unbeaten record likely helps push Houston over the top.
The Chiefs defense has been the best in the NFL through the first half; a large part of that is Houston’s ability to pressure the passer. A third round pick in 2011, Houston has been getting better each year so plenty of people predicted a big year for him, but I’m not sure anyone would’ve predicted 11 sacks in the first eight games.
Houston has recorded a sack in 15 Authentic NFL Cheap Jerseys career games. Seven of those games ended with more than just one sack. He has the ability to Baseball Jerseys Cheap take over games, and he’s been the face of the best defense in the NFL so far this season.