Entering Week 11, the Kansas City Chiefs defense led the league with 36 sacks and following their Sunday night matchup against Denver, the team's total remained the same, now one shy of Buffalo's 37 QB takedowns.
Speaking during his Monday press conference, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked if he thinks his team's pass rush has been figured out by opposing teams.
"That’s what they do,” Johnson said. “They hurry up and try to see what you’re in; they don’t really snap the ball quick; they kind of just see what you’re going to show, but he made his checks. He did a good job; we stopped him at times, but at certain key times, they beat us.”
DJ agreed with his head coach as to why the Chiefs weren't able to record any sacks against Manning.
"They had a good game plan and got the ball out of his [Broncos QB Peyton Manning’s] hand very fast and he was very smart with the ball," DJ said. "This league is a copycat league, so whenever something is working against you, other teams are going to do it; not that you can’t dominate every game, but it’s the National Football League and they are getting paid, too. It was a tough loss for us.”
“He definitely makes sure he gets the ball out of his hands as quick as possible," Hali said. "On that long touchdown, the ball was out quick. There are no excuses. We didn’t rush him well enough to hit him. I don’t know the stat, but I know he doesn’t get sacked a lot. A lot of guys do hit him; we didn’t hit him like we anticipated. We just have to do a better job next time.”
Despite the loss against Denver, DJ says the team's confidence won't waver.
“We aren’t going to lose our confidence," Johnson said. "We are a good team. We are 9-1. Right now, we are going to put this game behind us and get ready for the next one.”
While the Chiefs faith in each other is unshakable, so is their confidence in the system that Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has successfully implemented this season.
“Our game plan was working (Sunday)," Hali said. "We made mental errors. I don’t think we need to change what we’re doing. We just need to be more aggressive in pursuing the quarterback.”
The next QB the Chiefs will be chasing is San Diego's signal-caller, Philip Rivers, who has thrown for 2,989 yards and 19 TDs in 2013, including a 104.4 passer rating.
Preparation for Rivers and the Chargers begins Wednesday for the players, when they return from Tuesday's league-mandated day off.