The Kansas City Chiefs began the Andy Reid era in New Orleans Friday. And while the Saints pulled out a 17 -13 victory with its back up players, the first string match ups were very promising for the Chiefs.
However it wasn’t Andy Reid’s offense that was the most impressive, it was Bob Sutton’s defense that kicked into gear early and often again future Hall of Famer Drew Brees and his prolific offense.
Defensive tackles Mike Devito and last years first round pick Dontari Poe, provide an aggressive push that surprised Brees, as well as Chief’s fans. Poe was double teamed on several run plays but that didn’t stop linebacker Derrick Johnson from keeping the Saints runners in front of him for minimal gain. As well as sacking Brees, the Chiefs showed many different sub set packages. Safety Eric Berry even lined up at the weak side linebacker position, to provide pressure on Brees.
With all the emphasis made on defensive draft picks made during the Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli régime it appears that Sutton may have found a way of putting all the chess pieces together, by using unorthodox defense sets. Regardless the first team defense was impressive.
The offense looked extremely Eagle-esque. Alex Smith made no mistakes and completed 7 of 8 passes for 68 yards. He led the team to a rushing touchdown, and then took a seat. Smith did not throw to any Chief wide receivers but rolled out hitting his running backs and tight ends with great effectiveness. The resemblance to Reid’s former Eagle teams of old was obvious. Smith’s speed and footwork was a pleasure to see, especially after watching the clumsiness of Chief’s quarterbacks in 2012.
Granted this is preseason, where play calling on offense is kept conservative and the wrinkles remain hidden. However the passion and hard play revealed on Friday, was a happy sight to see.
Alex Smith will welcome his former team the San Francisco 49ers to Arrowhead on Friday August 17th, for the Chiefs first home game of the year. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs will do in the first quarter against last year’s Super Bowl Contenders.