EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil went to the tape of last Friday's preseason game to see exactly what happened when San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Larry English beat him for a sack.
Kalil knows the solution. He will deal with many speed rushers in the NFL, but speed isn't the issue. Kalil believes having a better understanding of the offense will improve his reactions.
"It's just a little hesitation," Kalil said. "From what I saw on film when I got beat for that sack, it's not a matter of me just getting beat one-on-one, it's a matter of me not kick-stepping fast enough, or thinking too much. That's what I'm talking about as far as knowing the offense well enough to where I can block a lot easier and play more efficient."
Kalil hasn't put many such instances on game film recently, or had the need to go back and discover where the breakdown came. Drafted with the No. 4 overall pick by Minnesota in April's draft and immediately anointed th...