Bringing the blitz
The days of the bend-but-don’t-break defensive philosophy appear to have left with former coach/coordinator Romeo Crennel. The Chiefs under new coordinator Bob Sutton were much more aggressive, blitzing at nearly every opportunity and from many different places. Sutton and the rest of the defensive coaching staff are still fine-tuning their plans, but look for the Chiefs to try to force opponents into mistakes far more than they have in the recent past.
Line ’em up
The Chiefs have settled on an offensive line that features Branden Albert and rookie Eric Fisher at tackle, Jeff Allen and Jon Asamoah at guard and Rodney Hudson at center. That’s an alignment Andy Reid, a former offensive-line coach, seems content with. The Chiefs have more depth than they’ve had in years in tackle Donald Stephenson and guard Geoff Schwartz. Shortly after taking over, the new administration of Reid and general manager John Dorsey reached out to former starter Ryan Lilja to see if they could talk him out of retirement. The issue is on hold because Lilja is rehabbing from some offseason surgeries, but the Chiefs may now feel they have enough capable bodies along their line.
Alex Smith on the run?
The hiring of pistol formation guru Chris Ault as a consultant seemed to signal the Chiefs would incorporate some of that offense into their plans and, sure enough, they ran a handful of plays from the pistol in Thursday’s practice. Option plays are part of the pistol, which would mean quarterback Alex Smith would be asked to use his legs as well as his arm. Don’t forget that Smith was featured as a runner in college while playing in Urban Meyer’s offense at Utah.
Bray waits for more chances
Perhaps deferring to the veteran, the Chiefs are using Ricky Stanzi as their third quarterback while rookie Tyler Bray is getting few snaps as the fourth quarterback. Hard to say if that will change any time soon, but Bray has better ability to make all the necessary throws than Stanzi does. While the Chiefs — with Smith as their starter and Chase Daniel as the top reserve — need to be in no hurry to develop Bray, he has already displayed enough skills to earn more work.