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Bob Sutton Says Chiefs Will Run Multiple Fronts On Defense


Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton says the Chiefs plan to use multiple fronts in 2013, along with their base 3-4 defensive set.

The Chiefs have an abundance of young talent on defense but there it seemed the unit never really lived up to expectations under former defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel. Crennel’s defense was more of a bend but don’t break style of play but Sutton plans to run more of an attack-style unity that might do a better job of taking advantage of the athleticism and speed of his players.

“We’ve got a real good group of guys,” said Sutton to the media yesterday at OTA practices. “It’s kind of a mix of young and experienced guys. I think we’re blessed with some really good talent on the edges there which really makes any defense much more difficult to handle. I’ve been really pleased with the way everybody has gotten involved in the system and tried to take it on. One of the things that we’ve really tried to get everybody to understand is that we’re trying to develop a culture here, not only how we do something but the way we do it. To me, that’s just as critical learning the X’s and O’s, the blitzes, the coverages, etc., because I think that’s the one element that allows you to sustain through all parts of the season.”

When asked to describe his defense, Sutton said that the Chiefs will run a base 3-4 but that the team will present multiple fronts.

“It’s based out of 3-4,” said Sutton. “That’s the personnel that we select off. We’re more multiple than just 3-4 without much imagination. We try to do a lot of different things that encompass the same kind of techniques and adjustments, particularly for the up-front guys. It goes on as we get into the sub and the third down we have some more multiple things, pressures, etc. that we try to do. I would guess you’d say it’s multiple in nature, but it’s based out of a 3-4 personnel.”

It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs are able to take the next step as a defense under Sutton.

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  • In_My_Opinion1

    Just vague enough not to give anything away. Perfect. The more I learn about Bob Sutton, the more I like him. Great defensive mind.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I think Sutton’s success as the DC will make the difference between the Chiefs being slightly below .500 or a playoff contender. If he turns out to be the next Jim Johnson I think we’ll be in the wildcard hunt. If he turns out to be the defensive Brian Dabol then I think we’re 6-10 or 7-9.

    • ArrowFan

      If he is the next Daybull then we will be 2-14.

    • Calchiefsfan

      Agree about the success probably resting on Sutton. Andy Reid has a history of strong offense so I expect him to fix the Chiefs O. The question is will Sutton, at the very least, keep the Chiefs defense from going backwards, (like Daboll did with our offense). If he improves on the D then I think the Chiefs fans are in for a decent year of football. Maybe like 2010 or possibly better.

    • cd3382

      Brian Dabol = Worst coordinator ever

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I think he has a leg up on Daboll already, simply because of his defensive ideas. Daboll’s offensive ideas weren’t even impressive on paper.

  • ArrowFan

    If one of the OLB came up and put a hand in the dirt we just went from a 3-4 to a 4-3.

  • steve james

    I love that this staff is not scared to actually talk a little bit about things. You would never never hear anyone mention what kind of anything they were going to do with Pioli. Probably say they were still figuring it out and the way things went on the field you tend to believe it.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    We have players that will allow him some scheme flexibility.

  • Brett VanZant

    To me our defensive improvement depends strongly on EB. He obviously wasn’t fully right coming back from injury, but then slowly started to improve again as the season went on. We know what we have in our pass rushers. We need EB to be a huge difference maker on the backside.