Oct 11, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton walks on the field before the game against the Chicago Bears at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bears won 18-17. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Bob Sutton is also mixing it up. On one play the corners are up and tight on the wide receivers and the next they could drop back into a zone and the next they could send a corner on a blitz. No matter what call Sutton is making, it’s working well. Really well.
This week USA Today asked Dontari Poe, “What has changed in the past four games?” Poe replied, “We’re focusing. We’re not waiting for somebody else to make the play. We’re just putting it all on ourselves to make it. As long as we keep doing that and playing together, we’ll be all right.”
Hard to disagree.
A more galvanizing reason for the defensive turnaround in this game may have come through the words Eric Berry,
"“I told them [his teammates] before the game that I put my life on the line to be here with you all, and you helped me get here to this point.* To me, it’s not a game. It’s bigger than that.”"
“It’s bigger than that.” A lesson we can all learn from.
*The intention here is in no way to prance around carelessly with the words, sutton-death because of Berry’s brush with life. It’s meaning is actually the opposite of what it sounds like.
The Chiefs SUTTON DEATH defense is… not… one which wins suddenly. It’s more like a slow and painful death for opposing offenses, while it’s just the opposite experience for Chiefs fans: instantly enjoyable and life affirming. Playing against the Chiefs D is less like swallowing cyanide and more like being swallowed by the sarlacc: “In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a… thousand years.” ~Jabba the Hutt
The only thing sudden about the Chiefs defense is… it has suddenly become one of the best defenses in the league. And even that has taken some time… and inspiration… to crystallize.
What do you think, Addict fans? Are you Suttonly believing in the Chiefs chances?