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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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