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Chiefs’ Eric Berry Describes Kansas City’s Defense As “Organized Aggression”


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When a defense is allowed to be aggressive, said defense has the chance to make some special plays.

Defense, by its very nature, is reactionary, but the game has evolved to the point where coordinators have found a way to use blitzes, stunts and personnel to force an offense’s hand and control the tempo and feel of the game.

Gone are the days where the offense is exclusively moving the “chess pieces” per say . Nowadays, the offense has to react to the defense just as much as the defense must react to the offense.

Look at the read-option for example. It’s all about reading what the defense is doing.

That’s good news for the Chiefs, because  defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has implemented an aggressive scheme, and Kansas City has the personal to really set the tone of a game.

With a nose tackle like Dontari Poe shooting the gaps, great linebackers filling the lanes and a safety like Eric Berry playing tough at the line of scrimmage, Sutton’s defense has the chance to be special.

Berry recently talked to the press about the defensive scheme, and specifically the aggressiveness that seemingly got Kansas City in trouble when Frank Gore cut it back for 52 yards in preseason game No. 2:

“No, we aren’t concerned. I mean, there is always a concern, but I think we’re kind of excited. Speaking on the play last week, everybody is trying to get to the ball, but I think it’s more like organized aggression you could say. Everybody moves to the ball fast but still does their job first. I think we all just over played the play. If it was any other running back, I don’t know if they would have tried to cut that right there. Frank Gore just made a heck of a play. We have to be prepared for stuff like that. I think that really helped us, and I’m glad that happened during the preseason.”

Berry also talked about playing behind the line of scrimmage. Considering he’s a safety, that’s a tell-tale sign that the Chiefs are really looking to be aggressive in 2013:
It’s a lot of fun, but at the same time, it’s a lot of work too. Just knowing that at any given time you’re dealing with linemen a lot and they’re 300 plus; I’m 210 dealing with them. Coach always gives me a lot of confidence while we’re in our meetings and helps me. He just tells me to use my speed as much as I can. There will be times where I have to take linemen on and stuff like that, but as much as I can use my speed, that’s going to be my advantage down there. He tells me to use my instincts as well. He knows that I have a certain responsibility, but if I feel like I can make a play here or there just go ahead and make that play and we’ll discuss it later on in meetings.”
Apart from that big play by Gore, the Chiefs’ defense has looked solid this preseason. Poe has been all over the place up the middle and the starting secondary has played well. Sean Smith, in particular, has great length and the size to be physical, and Berry is undoubtedly a star.
Combine that with a scheme that Berry characterized as “organized aggression”, and Chiefs’ fans should have some very high expectations for Kansas City’s defense in 2013.
Note: Quotes Via Chiefs Communications

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  • chiefridgy

    Always exciting to hear about our aggressive defense. Better than Romeos’ bend-don’t break D that always seemed to break. Granted they had zero help from the offense.

    • Chris Tarrants

      I can’t wait to see the first time Sutton keeps Abdullah and Berry on the back end and just freaking sends everybody else” hopefully it’s Manning” to just flatten the qb

      • chiefridgy

        I too hope we stick it to manning

  • Jim Harper

    They are truly exciting this year. Coach Sutton is doing an incredible job of designing his defense to the strengths of his players and allowing them to do what they do best. What is really cool is I totally expect every set of downs to be a 3 and out.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Can’t wait to see the first pick six of the year! Any bets on who gets it?

      • chiefridgy

        My money is on Flowers

        • Jim Harper

          Mine too!

      • sidibeke

        Lewis. He’s got a knack for the ball. My next guess is DJ.

      • kcpauly

        I’m going with S.Smith
        Go Chiefs!!!!!

      • Chris Tarrants

        All good guesses but my bet is on this odd ball play. Justin Houston tips a Manning pass which is then hauled in by Dontari Poe who then takes it to the house with Payton on his back

  • sidibeke

    Organized aggression is music compared to bend but don’t break.

    And how great was it to hear Reid say “they were rolling over the coverage…” instead of “well, we’re running a vanilla offense and…(while thinking, I’m not really sure what happened out there).

    The sweet sound of competence.

  • RepOurChiefs

    Uber excited about this defense this year. I will be spending alil more this year on D player jerseys. Words cant fully express how im feeling!