Aug. 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (99) tackles Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE
KC Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is a Buffalo Bills fan. Or was a Buffalo Bills fan. The Chiefs OC spoke to the media on Friday and admitted that, being from Buffalo, he was a Bills fan growing up. He watched those '90s Super Bowl teams make it all the way only to lose in the big one four years in a row.
In that sense, he's used to a lot of disappointment...which makes him a good fit in KC.
Daboll broke down the Bills defensive philosophy, running down all their players from the nose tackle to the safety. Interesting stuff. Here's what he said:
"They have a four-set up front with four very good players," Daboll began. "I really think Kyle Williams, their tackle up front is a very underrated player. I think he is a tough man to block inside. Marcell (Dareus) is a load.
"Then we have these outside guys, Mario (Williams) is Mario, he's long, tough to block, and(Chris) Kelsay is - again I've played against him a lot - he's a productive player. He's played a lot of different spots. They move him around sometimes on third down. He's played in the 3-4; he can play end. (Mark) Anderson, the guy they got from New England is a good pass rusher and rolls in there along with Spencer (Johnson) and (Alex) Carrington. So it starts up front, active linebackers with a veteran leading the way.
"(Kelvin) Sheppard the guy from LSU that's come on, and (Arthur) Moats and they play this other guy (Bryan) Scott, a defensive back for the last 10 years, but they list him as linebacker. That's a way to get another maybe smaller field guy to match some of your personnel groups.
"Two young corners that are aggressive, they get up in your face and play you tight man-to-man - first rounder in (Stephon) Gilmore, South Carolina, long, can run - he ran a 4.38 at the combine - and (Aaron) Williams and then the safety, George Wilson, I think is a good strong safety. Byrd, Jairus had nine interceptions his rookie year, so he's a ball hawk there.
"Dave has played the scheme a long, long time and Wannstedt has been very successful. It's just a different defense than Mike (Nolan) ran last week. They run different schemes, four down front, so you have to do a good job with knowing their personnel and certain things that they like to do."
A coach will usually give their upcoming opponent a ton of respect so I'll fill in a couple of the holes. The Bills are also currently the 32nd ranked defense, giving up 48 points to the Jets last week, the same Jets offense that didn't score a touchdown until the final preseason game. The Bills were also the 30th ranked defense last year and 28th in rushing yards. Those are two different defensive coordinators but, through one game, similar results from year to year (they were 28th in 2010).
For more on what we can expect from the Chiefs offense, specifically in the shotgun, check out a few of the numbers BJ Kissel throws out here on the Arrowhead Pride YouTube page: