I've written a couple FanPosts about coming up with new, creative defensive schemes for the 2014 Chiefs defense. The point of my little write-ups was to challenge other AP members to create a formation or two. One of them was before the draft, and was a general "here, have fun being smarter than Bob Sutton" affair. The second was after the Draft, and I specifically asked my fellow fans to include Dee Ford in their machinations--I wanted to come up with a bunch of formations that would leave Peyton Manning weeping. I wanted to taste the delicious salty bitterness of his tears as his pre-snap reads deceived him. I wanted to see him do his "startled horse" prance, feet drumming on the turf, before being buried beneath a half-ton of aggressive pass rush. What I'm saying is: I hate that guy. Actually, I like him. I hate the team he plays on and the fans whose football knowledge consists of the words "quarterback" and "offense".
Yes, I'm a giant football nerd. Yes, I draw up plays, both defensive and offensive, whenever coworkers stop giving me stuff to do. Yes, I'm too lazy to provide links to my other write-ups. Yes, I'm generally antisocial. No, I usually don't do this. But I decided to yield to peer pressure.
What I've heard from a lot of my fellow fans, in the comment section of my posts and others, is that they would be interested in kicking Dontari Poe out to play defensive end. They'd also be interested, it seems, in overloading one side of the offensive line with a combination of Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and/or Dee Ford. Basically, Chiefs fans want to see something that's so crazy it just might work. Behold my treat to you--my appeasement of your clamoring hunger. I call it Nightmare.
MS Paint is a fickle mistress, so I'll give a little description right here.
The two outside corner backs and the nickel back (Marcus Cooper, Sean Smith, and Chris Owens, respectively) are all in press man coverage, just like Sutton likes them. We've got Eric Berry deep over the top, ready to come up and make some picks. And everything else is hell for Five-Head. I threw Vance Walker in at nose guard, where he's played a little before and is sure to get a little penetration barring a double team (which I am about to show unlikely). Next, Dontari Poe plays Omega end in the weak-side 5 tech. Why Omega? Because it's the end of the Greek alphabet, because it's the last thing Peyton, Phyllis, and Kaepernick will see before hobbling off the field crying like babies, and because Poemega just sounds so right. Back to the strong side of the line. Tamba Hali comes to the strong side, playing in a 2-point stance in the 3 technique. Justin Houston plays the 6 technique, likewise in a 2-point. A couple yards off the line, Sanders Commings is perched right over the tight end, ready to disrupt his pattern and turn and cover--or blitz. At a similar depth, Dee Ford lines up between Houston and Hali. Finally, Derrick Johnson lines up at a more traditional spot over the weak B gap.
I can draw up some plays on request, just to prove that this formation isn't absolutely silly. It's just mostly silly, I promise. Anyway, let me know if you have any beef with my decisions. I will mock you as viciously as the French knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but I appreciate the feedback nonetheless. Enjoy!