Steve Spagnuolo hopes Chiefs can bring out best in Taco Charlton
Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo hopes they will be able to bring out the best in former first-round pick Taco Charlton. Last season, the team did the same thing with defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah who hadn’t yet lived up to expectations in the NFL.
Ogbah played 10 games for the Chiefs last season, racking up 5.5 sacks. Ogbah signed a new deal with the Miami Dolphins, which opened up a hole for Charlton. The Chiefs signed the former Cowboy and Dolphin to a one-year deal in early May.
Spagnuolo knows that this might not work out as well as it did with Ogbah, but the hope is there will be a similar success. He said to the Chiefs’ team website on Tuesday,
“We were really fortunate last year when we got [defensive end] Emmanuel Ogbah. He surfaced in the system, played good football and now he’s at Miami. Emmanuel and I have talked about this a lot and a change of scenery for him was really good. So, I think the hope, certainly, is that maybe Taco can do the same thing … Now, we don’t know that. Unfortunately, [Defensive Line Coach Brendan Daly] and I don’t have the chance to get to know him quite as well through a computer, but I’ve heard really good things about him and we’re hopeful. He gets thrown in the mix with everybody else and hopefully we can find a guy on the edge to help us going forward. We’ll find that out. We’ve got a long way to go I guess before we can determine that.”
During his time with the Dallas Cowboys, and Miami Dolphins Charlton never lived up to his draft pedigree, but there is still an untapped talent that the Chiefs hope they can find. If it doesn’t work out, the signing is a low-risk move and they can part ways with him after the season with no penalty.