New Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton spoke on a teleconference today. Here some of the highlights:
By RANDY COVITZ
The Kansas City Star
On what hes done during his first week on the job:
Ive been sitting here the last couple of days trying to go through the players. (Linebackers coach ) Gary Gibbs and (secondary coach) Emmitt Thomas have been here, so we looked at the DBs and linebackers a little bit. Weve got some pieces in place. We have some areas we have to improve on, but first learn our guys, and first try to learn our guys and when we sit down with the coaches, go through the system we want to put together, well have a better understanding of our talent.
One of the most important things in coaching is figure out who you are and not who you want to be. We have to take advantage of the talent in place and try to use that as a starting point. You dont have to junk the system but slant it or tilt it in the direction of your strengths.
Sutton said he went through a similar transition with the Jets when Rex Ryan took over as head coach.
We were the exact same defense they played here the last couple of years under Romeo (Crennel). Its a great system of defense, the true 3-4. When Rex came into the Jets, it had many similarities to this, but has a little more multiple and more schematically how we lined up. A lot of the principles stayed the same in how our up-front players attacked blockers. Its got to be tailored to the personnel here. Its 3-4 based, but more multiple (looks) than what I had done in New York or what Romeo ran here.
A lot of the players have the characteristics were looking for.
On inheriting a defense with three Pro Bowlers in outside linebacker Tamba Hali, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry:
Weve got some good football players here and guys who played well played hard were physical, those two attributes are ones everyone in our league wants to have on defense. If youre physical, tough-minded, serve you well for a long time. Those parts are here. Thats encouraging and exciting.
On having pass rushers like Justin Houston (10 sacks) and Hali (9):
Theyre exciting guys coming off the edge. One of the things I learned from Rex is its great to have sacks, but the key thing is to hit the quarterback. Youre trying to affect the quarterback and not let him feel comfortable. The bottom line is we dont want that guy standing back there and feeling comfortable. Were fortunate to have two guys that Gary and the staff did a great job with. Theyve been productive.
"They would add to the things we did in New York. You can mix it up and even when youre pressuring you still get blocked, and you need guys who can beat blocks. It would be great if you get a free shot, but that doesnt happen often. You need guys whether its coming through pressure or unconventional means to get there, you still need people to defeat a blocker and get to that quarterback. Weve got two guys who have proven they are capable of doing that.