Symbiotic Relationships on the Kansas City Chiefs

Symbiosis Defined (from the Free Dictionary)

1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) a close and usually obligatory association of two organisms of different species that live together, often to their mutual benefit 2. (Sociology) a similar relationship between interdependent persons or groups

The Chiefs are playing team football. Their parts have a symbiotic relationship with each other. Their fit is perfect, each part benefits from the actions and characteristics of the other part.

Think of it like this:

In the most famous example, the birds ride on the rhino, feeding off the insects that normally bother him. Two different species cooperating to make life better for both. (I tried to post an image of Rhino and birds - didn't work)

Take our Defense:

The front seven is right now the best in the game (think of them as the rhino). They bring pressure through so many different directions, they can cause panic. However, they benefit from having a press cover backfield that blankets the receivers, disrupts the timing routes and forces the qb to hold the ball way longer than he should (given that you know you have Hali, Houston and Poe coming screaming at you). Now the defensive backfield has obviously benefited by the fear that the offense has regarding the rush. QB's hurry, they get demoralized, they panic. And when they panic, they make some really bad mistakes. Pryor's hail duck (can't call it a Hail Mary) in the middle of the field last week was a perfect example. So these two parts of the defense feed off each other.

Even within our Front 7, they parts benefits the whole. Hali and Huston aren't nearly as effective without a huge push up front from Poe and Jackson. The QB's can't step forward to avoid the edge rushers, and then the inevitable happens - like it did 10 times last week!

An Even Better Symbiotic Relationship

This exists between our Offense and Defense. When you have a "lights-out" defense, what do you need from the offense. You need one that eats clock, keeps the other team's offense off the field, and most importantly, does NOT make mistakes. Mistakes (pick 6's, fumbles that lead to short fields, etc...) nullify a carnivorous defense. If you play safe offense, you eventually let the defense dictate the game.

And Finally.... a word about our Special Teams!

Who have been nothing short of fabulous. When you have an Offense and Defense intermeshed in a beneficial relationship, you need a Special Teams that can:

a) pin our opponent inside their 10.... check.

b) need a field goal kicker that is solidly accurate .... check. And

c) Returns that are better than average for us, and less than average for our opponents... check.

And when you have all of these perfectly blended relationships.... 6-0 - and hopefully 7-0 after today.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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