The Kansas City Chiefs come in with quite a bit of familiarity with each other despite not playing each other every year. Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was with Andy Reid and the Eagles from 2003-2012. Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton coached with the Jets before and during the Rex Ryan era in New York. Not to mention that Andy Reid coached Jets QB Michael Vick in Philly, and Josh Mauga and Mike DeVito played in New York.
"They'll have some things up their sleeves," Reid told the New York media earlier this week (via quotes from the Chiefs). "There is a long list of things that they can do, so there will be some surprises there I am sure."
Reid and Mornhinweg have a background dating back to their UTEP days in the mid-1980s when many of us were just little tykes.
"Marty and I are great friends, so we have been together since UTEP, which was back when we both had a lot of hair," Reid said. "I have so much respect for him as a football coach and as a person.
"It is a weird deal because I think both teams know each other. The offenses are similar and the defenses are similar so it is a weird dynamic that way, but Marty is a heck of a football coach and you can see with how he has handled things there."
Since both teams know each other so well, I'm not sure how much that will come into play. Neither side has an advantage if the other side has the same advantage. Reid has been around longer but Rex Ryan has done a lot with a little in the past.
One of the other connections between the two is Bob Sutton, who was a Jets assistant coach before and during the Rex Ryan era. Reid explained earlier this week why he went with Sutton as his defensive coordinator last year.
"Number one," Reid said, "that he's a Rex guy and that he knows that defense and that's a phenomenal scheme. You guys know Bob and the kind of person he is. He also has great relationships with all the people there and the Jets for a number of years and you always heard about Bob Sutton. He was kind of the right hand man for Rex at that time. I competed against that defense for so long as a coach and I really wanted that kind of person and that defense for my defense."
The Chiefs and Jets defenses different strengths and weaknesses so they're not the same but you still hear people talking about the Jets the way that they did with the Chiefs defense at times last year (not as much this year).
"Yeah, they've got defensive linemen and DBs all playing different positions," Smith said about the Jets defense. "They've got d-lineman playing in the secondary. They've got guys walking around all over the place, overload pressures. They do a lot of very, very strange things in an attempt to create some chaos and create some problems."
It's tough to get past the fact that the Jets are giving up 28 points a game on defense. If the Chiefs are scoring 28 points, they're going to win this game.