How Often Are The Chiefs In Their Base Defense?

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24: The Kansas City Chiefs line up against the Oakland Raiders during the game on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Pro Football Focus has some pretty interesting stats on defensive formations around the NFL, including the Kansas City Chiefs. They've gone through every team and pinpointed what formations the defense was in and how often they were in that defense.

Pkg 3-4-4 4-3-4 5-2-4 2-4-5 3-3-5 4-2-5 1-4-6 2-3-6 3-2-6 4-1-6 1-3-7 Other












KC 55% 0% 0% 9% 0% 0% 1% 32% 0% 0% 1% 3%

The Chiefs were in their base defense -- 3-4-4 -- over half the time. That's about what I thought it was -- about half the snaps. What surprised me is that there were only five teams who were in their base defense more often than the Chiefs. The Colts led the way playing in their base 4-3 defense 61 percent of the time. The Giants, on the other hand, were only in their base defense 22 percent of the time.

The Chiefs also move to their dime defense more than the nickel, which sorta surprised me, too. I thought they would be more even but apparently not.

The Chiefs still move guys around a lot -- Jon McGraw looked like a linebacker at times -- but this is a good overview of how often they're in each formation.

Check out the full article at Pro Football Focus. Anything else jump out at you?

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