[Kansas City.com] Somebody figured to pay for the Chiefs’ recent defensive collapse. It may be underachieving linebacker Kendrell Bell.
Bell was benched late in Sunday’s 20-10 loss to Baltimore at Arrowhead Stadium. Coach Herm Edwards said the Chiefs were considering using Keyaron Fox as the starter instead of Bell in Sunday’s game against the Chargers in San Diego.
“We don’t know that yet,” Edwards said. “We’ll sit around, have a roundtable and figure out what we’re going to do. He’s going to play some more. I know that.”
Fox appeared to outplay Bell in training camp and the preseason. The Chiefs stayed with Bell in the hope he would have a bigger impact than he did last season, when he was their major free-agent addition but failed to deliver much.
Although Bell has played better than last season, his impact has been minimal. Signed in large part because of his pass-rush ability, Bell has just one sack.
“He’s been OK at times,” said Edwards, choosing his words carefully. “At times he’s not played up to the standards I think he wants to play at. We’ve got a lot of guys like that. They’ve been kind of up or down. It’s not just him.”
Fox recently made four starts for the injured Derrick Johnson. He was the Chiefs’ leading tackler in three of them.