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KC Chiefs Sticking With The 3-4 Defense


The Kansas City Chiefs will continue to run the 3-4 defense, according to new head coach Andy Reid.

This has been a big question from fans who are well aware that Reid’s Philadelphia Eagles ran the 4-3 defense. But Reid says the Chiefs are already invested in the 3-4.

“There’s been time invested in the 3-4 here,” Reid said. “The 3-4 gives you some flexibility. I’ve run both (defensive systems). I’ve been involved in both so I understand how they were. The 4-3 is good if you have the right coaches in place and the team is invested in it. But this team here is invested in the 3-4, so let’s continue to build it and get better at it.”

The Chiefs recently hired former New York Jets linebackers coach, Bob Sutton. Sutton also served as defensive coordinator for three years with the Jets. New York runs the 3-4.

Reid says Sutton’s experience with the defense was a big factor in his hire.

“(Sutton is) able to keep the keep the integrity of the defense as far as the 3-4 goes,” Reid said. “Bob knows the 3-4 and he knows it well.”

I am thrilled with this decision and I think it shows that the Chiefs have a smart coach on their hands. One thing that has always bothered me with new coaches/general managers is that they often try to cram their own system down the throat of the organization. While that is understandable, to a point, I think a wise coach also knows how to adapt and adjust his system to fit the personnel he already has.

The Chiefs defense, while not perfect, has a number of talented players. Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson, while they have both played in the 4-3, have had their best years as professionals in the 3-4. Justin Houston, who will be entering his third season in 2013, has played in the 3-4 defense since his last year of college. Houston is already a very good player and could be on the verge of developing into a superstar. Switching defenses on him now could really damage Houston’s progress.

Sutton’s defense figures to be different than Crennel’s system but the learning curve won’t be nearly as steep as if the Chiefs were changing their base set all together.

What do you think, Addicts? Is Reid making the right call by keeping the 3-4?

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  • Adrian Morales

    man i hope they run the same sub package 2-3-6 no reason for me wanting them to keep it other than its the only defense i play on madden 13 haha shut down son haha

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Madden should be a consideration in every major football moves the Chiefs make, imo.

  • Cha-iefs

    This is positive. Andy is showing he’s not taking the “iron fist” approach. switching to a 43 would’ve of been a huge setback. This was a concern- that I can now cross off my list.

    • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

      I agree. It’s nice to see an approach that matches the scheme to the players instead of the reverse (cough, Pioli, cough)

  • Priest4Prez

    Giant sigh or relief with this news; I was worried about a massive defensive upheval. We may still have players being moved around or dropped ( I have a weird feeling about Kendrick Lewis) but that’s to be expected. Andy has impressed me thus far; the Haley/Pioli approach of “iron fist” as Mr. Cha-iefs put it; is not always the best plan. We’re rolling fast people and before long, we’ll see a draft that’ll make us crap ourselves hahaha well…lets hope it’s that awesome. Chiefs baby!!! We’re Baaaack