Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star conducted a video blog on the new Chiefs defense. He talks about Clancy Pendergast, scheme vs. personnel and the new Chiefs defense.
He raises a good question about the new defense: Will it be the scheme (and not the personnel) that makes this defense good again?
Click continue reading to read what Teicher says.
Adam Teicher - Kansas City Star
The Chiefs head up to training camp later on this week. And another thing they'll have to take care of when they're up in Wisconsin is they'll have to get more pressure on the quarterback than they did last year when they only had 10 sacks. That was an NFL record and that's clearly unaccepctable. The Chiefs did not add a significant pass rusher so on the surface maybe it's a little hard to see how they're gonna do a whole lot better than that this year.
I think a really underrated move for the Chiefs in the offseason was hiring Clancy Pendergast as their defensive coordinator. Chiefs will be doing a lot of different things under Pendersast, lining a lot of different ways. Three, four, five and two man fronts. They'll be doing a lot of different things.
And that causes a lot of confusion for the opposing offense. I've talked with a couple of people who have coached against Clancy Pendergast defenses. And they say it's a probelm. Sometimes the defense will get matchups that the offense just doesn't like. And it's just by the sheer volume of things they do. So I think that's really an aspect that's gonna help tthe Chiefs may be moreso than personnel. They'll get those sacks they didn't get last year by scheme and not personnel.