As a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end who reached double-digit sacks twice in his career, Melvin Ingram may have been accustomed to doing things a certain way.
But when the Chiefs traded a sixth-round pick to the Steelers for Ingram, he arrived in Kansas City simply ready do whatever was asked of him.
“I just came in and bought in, just buying into what they already had going on,” Ingram said Wednesday. “That’s the best way you can fit in in anything. Don’t try to come in and do your own thing and don’t try to come and be somebody. Just buy into what they got going on and come in and do what they need you to do.”
While it can’t all credited to the arrival of Ingram, the Chiefs’ defense did a 180 after trading for him. In the first eight games of the season, they allowed an average of 27.5 points per game and gave up 30 or more four times.
In their last nine regular-season games, the Chiefs have given up an average of just 16.0 points and allowed an opponent to score 30 or more only once. They have also lost just one time in the 10 games in which Ingram has played, including last weekend’s playoff victory over his former team, the Steelers.