From the Truman Sports Complex
For the second time in three games, the Chiefs are facing an opponent that’s in the midst of changing its base defense. Like the Buffalo Bills a few weeks ago, the Denver Broncos are moving from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense and doing it on the run.
At any point during Sunday’s game at Invesco Field, the Chiefs could see varying defensive alignments.
“This team you will see the 4-3, the 3-4, then the 3-4 with 4-3 principles and vice-a-versa,” said head coach Todd Haley. “You’ve got to do your study. We’ve had to allot a certain amount of time in our defensive-look team so we are aware.”
It’s the type of thing that forces coaches and players to spend more time watching tape in the days of preparation.
“It causes a little bit of guessing because they are going back and forth between a 3-4 and a 4-3 within the last month,” said offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. “One week they are a 3-4, the next week they are a 4-3. They are interchanging inside of the game. It requires your players to do extra mental preparation; you have to be ready to face multiple fronts.”
“We were through it a little bit before with Buffalo that was making a change. Teams will change for one reason or another. They had some injuries early that forced them into doing some things that wasn’t their intended plan. In this league, you have to be able to adjust. It’s been part of my thought process the entire year, doing a lot of different things to force our guys to not be in a routine, to be able to adjust and adapt and be ready for anything.”
Haley kept his team inside for Friday’s practice, despite the fact that conditions outside where it was cold and wet were exactly what has been forecast for Sunday in Denver.
“It’s critical for us to make progress every day,” Haley said. “We are going on the road, in the division and we have to be ready for everything. I’m sure Denver’s looking for a fresh start of sorts. Their record is not a direct indicator of how good a team they are. We have to be ready to go, in a great environment and there’s a chance of (bad) weather.”
LG Brian Waters was back working with the No. 1 offensive line as the team went through the position-by-position portion of the workout. Waters had been largely an observer the last two days because of what the team has said is a shoulder injury. He’s listed as quesitonable on the official league injury report.
Also listed as questionable are¬†both WR/RB Dexter McCluster and FS Jon McGraw who were watching their groups go through drills. It looks more and more like McCluster will miss a third game because of his ankle injury. McGraw hit the injury report on Thursday with a knee problem. FS Kendrick Lewis (hamstring) appeared to be taking a regular turn in Friday’s practice, but he was listedas questionable.
For the Broncos, they have declared LB Robert Ayers (foot) and CB Andre Goodman (hip) are out.¬†Both are listed as starters in the Denver defense at outside linebacker and right cornerback. ¬†Listed as questionable are S Darcel McBath (ankle), DL Kevin Vickerson (groin) and LB Wesley Woodyard (hamstring).