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Chiefs: Amidst Offensive Excitement, Don't Forget the Defense


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The Kansas City Chiefs have a new offensive-minded head coach in Andy Reid and a new quarterback at the helm in Alex Smith.

That’s why it’s not surprising that offense was the talk of the BBQ town after Friday night’s first preseason clash against the Saints.

The first offense did look quite impressive, and at the very least, Smith and Co. gave Chiefs fans a glimpse of what could be the future.

Chiefs Kingdom was excited, about offense.

Then Sunday rolled around and the team was back in St. Joseph. The offense was reportedly stale and No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, an offensive tackle, was sitting out.

Offense, once again, was front and center on the minds of Chiefs addicts all over the world.

Frankly, we were guilty of it here at Arrowhead Addict as well (Well, except for Jason Seibel, who was able to see beyond the offense). Offense was the only thing we wanted to talk about.

Today though, the tone has changed a bit. Although the Jamaal Charles injury scare dominated most of the morning, Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star did have some defensive news to report from camp.

The defense didn’t dominate the practice like it did on Sunday. But the defense was dominant over a three-play stretch early on. First, Brandon Flowers broke up a Smith pass intended for Baldwin and would have had an interception if he hadn’t dropped the ball. Next, Justin Houston deflected a pass that Dontari Poe intercepted. Finally, Derrick Johnson blitzed and forced Smith to hurry a pass for Knile Davis in the flat, but it was incomplete.

Safety Eric Berry and reserve linebacker Edgar Jones made big defensive plays. Berry leveled running back Shaun Draughn with a hard hit at the line of scrimmage. Jones, in a running drill, got into the backfield and heaved Cyrus Gray to the ground.

It’s about time to talk some defense.

Kansas City has a defensive unit that features some legitimate game-changers. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton wants to be aggressive, and he has the personnel to make that happen. Dontari Poe has the potential to be a superstar at nose tackle, and he alone will be able to anchor the defense.

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Kansas City is going to ask him to shoot the gap and cause havoc in the backfield, and at 340 pounds, havoc will indeed be wreaked.
Poe could single-handedly change games in 2013, and he’s just one player on this unit of 11. He’s also just one of three on the front line.

Behind the front line are a group of linebackers who can fly all over the field and make plays. Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali are established stars, and Justin Houston recorded 10 sacks last season.

Kansas City’s front seven could be great in 2013, and that’s only going to make the defensive backs better. If Poe and company can get after the quarterback, that’s going to force errant throws and create some opportunities for the secondary.

Players like Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith could be on the receiving end of those potential opportunities.

Oh, and let’s not forget No. 29. Eric Berry only tallied one interception last season. With an aggressive defense in front of him, though, and help on the edges, he could be poised to have a phenomenal season.

The potential an Andy Reid-led offense has is staggering, but the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs could very well make their mark on the other side of the ball.

Don’t forget about the defense.

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  • DTVTechGuy

    Alex Smith was a winning QB with the 49′ers because of their defense. Lets not forget that.

    • superman_25_58

      Smith ranked among the top 10 quarterbacks in NFL Passer rating in 2011. Smith also has led three fourth-quarter comeback victories, all on the road while on their way to the NFC Championship game in 2011 which ended in a loss due to the ST returner fumbling not once but twice during the game. This doesn’t seem like they won these games bc of their defense.

  • Pealvin

    I think we all want to see the offense be way more productive, but we also want to see sacks on defense and intense pressure that creates turnovers!! So much depends on how Dontari and Co. push that pocket!

    • Chris Tarrants

      I want to see a multi pick game! The last one that really sticks out to me was DJ with two pick six’s a few years ago

      • Justin R Groth

        The 6 pick game against the raiders in the hole.

  • ArrowFan

    Good point I think for most of us one consistant aspect of our team has been D for the last couple of years. So we may be over looking it a little.

    • berttheclock

      The defense allowed 435 points last year, although, some of those points came from INTs turned into Pick 6es. But, the Chiefs gave up 103 points in the 4th quarter of games. Part of that came from an inept offense which did not allow much resting time for the overworked defense.

      • ArrowFan

        Yea and we currently have 3 pro bowl LB’s and a pro bowl Safety and should have a pro bowl Corner. Yes the O made things very hard on our D, along with the two gaping D line of Romeo. So I have been more focused on our O being able to take the pressure off of our D. As someone pointed out the other day the opening drive not only scored a TD it ate up almost 7 minutes our would have really appreciated a seven minute rest in some of last years 4 quarters.

  • Jim Harper

    This Chiefs squad is well rounded across the board, and we are going to witness a radical change in what this team will do this year. We are solid at all positions, including special teams. The only weakness I see is possible lack of depth at some positions, but I feel that this may correct itself as they get more experience going forward

  • Chris Tarrants

    I would donate my whole check for the a week if I could see Poe with a 340 pound pick 6!

    • ArrowFan

      Along with him gaining separation as Manning fruitlessly chases him into the end zone.

      • RepOurChiefs

        It cld happen! Lol On any given Sunday!

  • KCMikeG

    As excited as I was for the whole first team the defense really had the best showing. Don’t get me wrong the ST’s were shockingly exciting and could very well put some points on the board for us. The offense looked impressive but remember that the Saints D isn’t one of the better ones. On the flip side the Saints offense is know as one of the best and they could’nt score on our #1′s and needed BS penalties to keep a FG drive alive against the #2′s.

  • Frank Rodela

    First i would like to say that Chiefs Nation has its newest member. Reese was born this past Sunday and is very healthy and will soon be cheering for our Chiefs and witnessing multiple championships in his lifetime.

    With that said i think this will be a well rounded, talented team. I think the big difference this year will be the coaching, AR bring a mentality to the Chiefs that hasn’t been there for a while, a WINNING mindset. I can’t wait till opening weekend where i will be present to see the Chiefs dismantle the Jaguars.

  • freshmeat62

    I already like what I saw last week w/ the attacking style D vs. Romeo’s hold your ground and tackle when they get to you. While I was against the taking of Poe so high last year, mainly because of lack of productivity against lower level of competition, I think now that he could be the best draft pick of the Pioli era. I read a column where someone was comparing him to Green Bay’s Raji. I’m thinking more like a Warren Sapp. I think he has the speed, strength, and ability to be one of the best ever. Don’t know what kind of help he’s going to get from his DE’s, but those LB’s behind him are pretty darn good. And the secondary is improved. I’m expecting this D to be a top 5.

  • Jamie Denton

    Andrew Kulha I am wondering why we are not hearing hardly anything at all about Dunta Robinson? Living in The most Southern Part of Southern Missouri I depend on AA for training camp news, and I don’t recall hearing one thing about him so far good or bad! I have heard a little about Sean Smith, but was really wondering how these guys were doing since being brought to the Chiefs?