Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning. Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.
Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.
Welcome to The Morning Fix.
–Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star put together a nice film breakdown that featured a lot of defensive players. Dontari Poe, the Chiefs’ star nose tackle, was one of the players featured. Why is Poe finding so much success in Bob Sutton’s aggressive 3-4 defensive scheme? Here’s a quote from Tamba Hali that may explain it, per Paylor’s breakdown:
“The coaches are allowing him to be a player, to express himself and basically I think, just allowing him
to go through gaps instead of waiting and reading,” defensive end Tamba Hali said.
–Speaking of Bob Sutton, the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator spoke of the sense of unity his defense has right now, per Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com:
“I think what’s really exciting is that these guys generally enjoy playing with each other,” Sutton said. “They enjoy each other as teammates. They have fun with each other. That’s one of those things and it seems strange, but we always tell them that this is a hard game, but we can have fun. We can enjoy what we’re doing and since the first meeting, we said we don’t want you to come in this building or come in these meetings and be thinking drudgery. That’s not what we want. It’s hard work and when you lose it, isn’t fun, but you still come in and we’re all blessed to have a great thing going here. From us coaching to them playing in the National Football League is, I think for all of us, a dream come true; so, we can’t forget that. I think the closer they get, the more they depend on each other and the more that they count on each other, the better off we can be.”
A unit that plays together and plays loose tends to find success in the NFL, especially on the defensive side of the ball, so this is great to hear coming from Kansas City’s defensive coordinator.
–Let’s stick with defense for this last point, making this an all defensive morning fix. Adam Teicher of ESPN.com put together a good feature on Mike Catapano, who is a rookie defensive end playing a role for Kansas City. Check it out.