ILB Belcher makes strides in Crennel's system

Posted Oct. 06, 2010 @ 6:16 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

A relative unknown as an undrafted free agent coming out of Maine in 2009, Jovan Belcher hasn't taken long to become of one the Chiefs' top defensive playmakers. Winning a starting inside linebacker job in training camp after playing mostly off the bench as a rookie, Belcher has developed into a favorite of the coaching staff, going all out on every play and helping Kansas City quickly become one of the league's better run defenses. With 21 tackles through three contests, he ranks among the team leaders and is on pace to eclipse 100 stops for the season. We hear that Belcher, a workout fiend, spent a lot of time in the weight room this offseason to add muscle and become more physical, which has led directly to his on-field improvement. We're also told he has bought into new coordinator Romeo Crennel's scheme more than anyone, providing the coaches an example of what a player can turn into in the Chiefs' new system.