Vikings Leftovers – Class of ’09 Steps Up

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GM Scott Pioli’s first draft class in charge of Chiefs personnel has been a major disappointment. The draft class of 2009 hasn’t produced much on the field, but what’s left of the group made a mark in Sunday’s victory over Minnesota.

There are only three players on the active roster from that draft – 1st-round choice DE Tyson Jackson, 4th-round pick S Donald Washington and 7th-round selection K Ryan Succop. All were starters against the Vikings.

Jackson as the third player taken in the ’09 NFL Draft has been a disappointment through his first two seasons. But he played one of his better games in helping the Chiefs defense control Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson. Press box statistics credited him with just one tackle, but Jackson did a great job of holding his end of the line. He did not get pushed around and out of the play. Whether one or two guys were blocking him, he stood them up and controlled his position. That’s what a defensive end is supposed to do in the 3-4 scheme.

Washington got the start at strong safety for the injured Jon McGraw, who was starting for the injured Eric Berry. There’s no way for the third-year Washington to provide the same kind of play that came from Berry, but he finished the game with five tackles and with the exception of having trouble covering Minnesota TE Visanthe Shiancoe (6 catches for 58 yards), he turned in a good effort.

“He’s got an opportunity here that I know he’s excited about,” said head coach Todd Haley of Washington. “He stepped in and he made a bunch of real good plays for us. He’s got some others that he has to work on like everybody else.”

Succop, the only consistent performer from that draft class over the last three years, turned around a bad start to the 2011 season by hitting all five of his FG attempts, including chances from 51 and 54 yards.

“Third-year players missed an off-season this year and that slowed everybody down,” said Haley. “Especially those one-two-three players, missing an off-season could potentially really hurt them. They are making progress. We have to make sure that continues.”


With his five-for-five day kicking field goals against the Vikings, Succop tied the franchise mark for most FGs in a game with Hall of Famer Jan Stenerud and Nick Lowery. Both Stenerud and Lowery did it several times during their careers with the Chiefs. Here’s the history:

Chiefs Record: 5 FGs in a game

Kicker  Opponent 





Ryan Succop  Minnesota 



Nick Lowery  Denver 




  @ Chicago 








  L.A. Raiders 




Jan Stenerud  Buffalo 








  @ Buffalo 





With two sacks against the Vikings, OLB Tamba Hali now has four on the season and nine sacks in the last seven games dating back to the end of the 2010 season. The Minnesota game was the 10th time in his career where Hali had multiple sacks in a game.

The pair of sacks also lifted Hali into fifth place on the Chiefs career sacking list, jumping ahead of DE Eric Hicks. Here’s how the top five line up; remember that he sack was not an official statistic in the NFL until 1981, so this list does not include the sacks of Hall of Famers like Buck Buchanan, Bobby Bell or Willie Lanier.

Chiefs Career Sacks

#  Player  Seasons  Sacks 
1.  Derrick Thomas  1989-99  126.5 
2.  Neil Smith  1988-96 86.5 
3.  Art Still  1978-87  73 
4.  Mike Bell  1979-91 51
5. Tamba Hali 2006-11 45.5

Notice one thing about that list – all five players were first-round selections by the Chiefs. Thomas was the fourth player drafted in 1989, Smith was the second player named in 1988, Still went No. 2 in 1978 and Bell was No. 2 the next year. Hali was the 20th player selected in 2006.

11 Responses to “Vikings Leftovers – Class of ’09 Steps Up”

  • October 3, 2011  - Blake says:

    Jake O’Connell is still part of the active roster from 09. That makes 4 players.

  • October 3, 2011  - Fleaflicker34 says:

    I happen to like Coach Haley and maybe they turned a corner. Keep flingin it around, Thomas Jones looks like he’s in slo-mo and Dex looks better in space.

    I don’t wanna be like the Raiders and start over every 2 or 3 years. Keep throwing it and maybe Todd gets to stick around to see this thru

  • October 3, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Good question about Donald Washington in Haley’s presser, Bob. I’ve been waiting to hear more about Washington. He’s been a terrible disappointment and it would be great to see him contribute.

  • October 3, 2011  - Niblick says:

    In addition to O’Connell, we obtained Cassel with our 2nd round pick. It is encouraging that Jackson had a solid game. I just hope that he can continue to improve.

  • October 3, 2011  - Michael says:

    O’connell was not mentioned because he did not contribute.

    Would love to see Hali’s #’s ski-rocket; maybe if Huston can stay on the field and get him rushing as well, could loosen up the double on 91.

    Have no idea what was bothering Mr. Irrelevant, but glad to see it fixed. It’s been nice not having to worry about place kicking since his arrival. I wonder it he hit the rookie wall in his third year. Does that happen?

    When Jackson was drafted and all the second guessing started, Pioli stated that his major role was to anchor the line. Pioli conceded upfront that Jackson would not be heavy into the stat sheets every week; and that was fine with them. As long as he holds his own. Considering lineman take three years the develop, sounds like Scott was right.

    Come on, D Dub just needed a chance. Besides, anyone who believes that he could do worse then mcgraw is on drugs, or should take them. Since he replaced Berry (and frankly, even before this) mcgraw was getting abused and opposing OC’s knew he was vulnerable; which they exploited. Why the Chiefs think he is a second stringer is beyond me. Might be good for the locker room (mcgraw), but not as a player.

    Now, on to the next. Get baldwing into the line up and prepare for the Manning-less Colts.

    GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • October 3, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed Michael Washington needs to start rest of the season. He’s more athletic and has opportunity to make more plays than McGraw.

  • October 3, 2011  - Blake says:

    Sorry Michael but you are wrong. Bob said there are only 3 players left on the roster from 09, that is incorrect there is 4 players. It was not a question of who contributes and who doesnt but whether or not they are on the team. Also I would not say Connell does not contribute. With only 2 TE’s, he has to make a contribution. In fact he has made a bigger contribution in his 3 years here than Donald Washington has…

  • October 3, 2011  - brainsmasher says:

    Thomas Jones looked good to me. He was in a groove early; but he went a long spell without any carries.

  • October 4, 2011  - Michael says:

    Yeah, I see your point blake. This article had nothing to do with contributions.

    So, is that why Washington has been on the active roster all season and o’connel had be resigned; because of his contributions. o’connel played the first game and was released in favor of Becht which I’m betting was due to his contributions. And last Sunday he was stellar with his one catch for 6 yrds and his two penalties; false start for 5yrds and personal foul (late hit out-of-bounds) for 15yrds, for a net contribution of -14yrds.

    Won’t need to directly compare how he stacked up against his classmates on Sunday, think Bob has done that already.

  • October 4, 2011  - Blake says:

    Michael I am only saying that Bob was wrong when he said 3 players instead of 4. He said “There are only three players on the active roster from that draft.” I was not saying anything about contributions. I am not sure if you understand what I am saying?

    Anyways if you do want to make it about contributions then O’Connell in his 3 years here has done much more than Washington. Yes not all of it here has been good, because I don’t think either player is a good player. O’Connell has seen much more playing time in 3 years and has contributed more in 3 years than Washington. Yes Washington might have contributed more in one game but that is just one game. I dont care if O’Connell was cut for Becht, I think Becht is the better player, I think they should just cut someone else and keep all 3 TE’s on the roster and stop playing games with the two.

  • October 5, 2011  - Daniel Jacobs says:

    Matt Cassell ought to be considered part of that draft class since we gave away the 34th pick to get him

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