Chiefs Links: Gunther Cunningham, Lions on the prowl to capture some K.C. Chiefs

“They keep wanting to dump players,” defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said late last season. “I would like to be there to catch a lot of them, because I know a couple of those guys.”

Cunningham was the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator in 2004-08. Toward the end of his tenure, he bemoaned coaching so many young players as the Chiefs struggled.

But now some of those young players are older, and they might be available because they don’t fit the new defensive system the Chiefs introduced.

“Some of those young kids I coached, I really believed they were going to be good players, and I know I’m right about that,” Cunningham said. “Now what’s happened there is the same thing in any organization. A new guy comes in, and they decide to go to the 3-4 defense when the structure of the personnel was built for the 4-3.”

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