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Known as the 'dog front,' Chiefs hope their version of NASCAR package will pay off with sacks

  • Kansas City Chiefs' Tamba Hali (91) and Justin Houston (50) rest between drills during practice Wednesday morning Aug. 13, 2014,  on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Mo. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)

    Kansas City Chiefs' Tamba Hali (91) and Justin Houston (50) rest between drills during practice Wednesday morning Aug. 13, 2014, on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Mo. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) slips past Jeff Linkenbach (74) during practice Monday morning, Aug. 11, 2014, on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Mo. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)

    Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford (55) slips past Jeff Linkenbach (74) during practice Monday morning, Aug. 11, 2014, on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph. Mo. (AP Photo/St. Joseph News-Press, Todd Weddle)  (The Associated Press)

The Kansas City Chiefs offered a preview during recent 11-on-11 training camp practices of what could be in store for unsuspecting quarterbacks this season.

Pro Bowl linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, first-round draft pick Dee Ford and fellow pass-rusher Josh Martin all trotted onto the field at the same time, leaving defensive tackle Dontari Poe as the lone down lineman in a unique scheme designed to create pressure.

Elsewhere in the NFL, similar personnel groups are known as "NASCAR packages" — the idea is that they overwhelm the opposing offense with their speed.

"We call it the 'dog front,'" Hali said. "A bunch of dogs going after (the quarterback)."

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