- Jul 6, 2009
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I think it depends on who the cornerbacks are. My guess is they do more pattern matching when Ward plays. But definitely zone overall.There was a reason I led with: "I don't know the technical answers to any of that."
Saw you coming, Keys!
It is odd though that the national narrative has been so heavily focused on Mahomes, when the equally important question (because ultimately, we have to score more points than they do) of how the Chiefs stop the Browns kind of gets lost. Probably because Mahomes is pretty close to being the face of the NFL, so talking about him gets the most clicks. We've discussed our offense v. there defense a lot here, but it's getting short shrift nationally.
Btw, the analysis put together on playing Cover 3 and Cover 4 was outstanding. Didn't know any of that, which is why the article was so useful. When we're playing Cover three, are the corners generally in man, or are they playing zone?
I love that! Probably because I was thinking the same thing. The more possessions the Chiefs have, the more likely Mahomes' brilliance is statistically likely to emerge. Fewer drives gives us a better chance of seizing on a single error for a critical advantage.
No argument there. But I do think longer drives not only mean fewer possessions, but also is more likely to keep our defense fresh against an extremely mobile QB. I really think our offensive balance gives us a shot. Truthfully, when we've been healthy and decide to open things up, we are extraordinarily dangerous. You don't hang 42 points on the Ravens (last time our offense was truly healthy and needed points) otherwise.
So that's one reason I'm hoping to hell Conklin is a go.
I agree. I think a mistake that teams make is going too hard to one extreme. I do think we will see more Chubb and less Hunt, just based on the strengths and weaknesses of their defensive line. If you can get to the edge of the line then the Chiefs really do don't have any hope in hell of stopping you. Run fast, run to the outside, pass when appropriate, but still run.100% agree with everything you said here. I'd also like to add that, as you run more offensive snaps in a drive, the defense wears down quicker than your offensive, allowing you to run the ball with even greater efficiency. It's harder to play defense, especially on the defensive line, than it is to run block as an offensive lineman.
All of these reasons are getting me far too optimistic for Sunday.