Romeo Does It Again With Defense

From Soldier Field, Chicago

The defensive game plan for Sunday’s game drawn up by Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was very simple.

“They always are,” said ILB Derrick Johnson. “He always drills it down to a few points and that’s what we have to think about. He keeps us centered and focused.”

Against the Bears, the plan was to stop Chicago’s running game and put the ball in the hands of inexperienced QB Caleb Hanie. Once that was accomplished, start hitting Hanie with an array of blitz packages and different coverages.

“We wanted to force him to make some throws he shouldn’t make,” said CB Brandon Carr. “We got that done.”

They sure did. Joining Carr with interceptions were SS Jon McGraw and CB Javier Arenas. Contributing sacks with Johnson were three from Justin Houston and one each by DE Tyson Jackson, OLB Tamba Hali and McGraw.

“I think the confidence of this defense is pretty high right now and it’s growing because things are coming together,” said McGraw. “We are getting to the right places and we are making plays. It doesn’t always mean we do everything perfect.”

No it wasn’t always perfect. There was the play in the first half where a confused defense had bodies shuffling in and out of the game and they lined up and completely missed Chicago RB Marion Barber who was lined up wide left as a receiver. Left uncovered, Hanie found him for a touchdown, but Barber was flagged for illegal formation, because he did not step to the line of scrimmage.

“There was some confusion there, no doubt,” Johnson said. “But in the end, it didn’t hurt us.”

There was nothing exotic about the schemes that Crennel drew up against the Bears. They had a sub-defense No. 1 where CB Travis Daniels would come on the field and replace FS Kendrick Lewis. Then there was their normal sub-coverage, as Daniels, Arenas, DE Wallace Gilberry and DE Allen Bailey come into the game with DEs Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey, along with NT Kelly Gregg and ILB Jovan Belcher leave the field.

Where Crennel scratched deep in the playbook for some pass rush toys and plays that he threw at the Bears offense. There were several times it was a jail break on Hanie as a number of rushers were all over the quarterback.

“As always, Romeo had us in a good plan,” said McGraw. “It’s always fun to come in every week and see what he has cooked up.”

Two weeks ago it was blanket New England receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch, and that defense got it done. Last week it was take Pittsburgh receivers Mike Wallace and TE Heath Miller out of big production and it got done.

And on this Sunday it was stop the Bears running game and put the ball in Hanie’s hands. They got that done as Chicago had 31 passing plays against 24 runs. Plus, they kept them out of the end zone and did not allow them to convert a third down, holding them zero for 11.

The confidence on the Chiefs defense is exploding and it’s starting to show on the field.

“Like coach (Crennel) says, it’s all about us going out and winning our one-on-one battles,” said Johnson. “We are getting that done and that just builds on itself.”

Added Haley: “Obviously when your defense is playing really good, it helps you in this league and it helps you down the home stretch. It was just a gritty, tough performance by everybody involved.”

3 Responses to “Romeo Does It Again With Defense”

  • December 5, 2011  - Chiefs End Losing Streak With 10-3 Victory Over Bears : says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Romeo does it again. [...]

  • December 5, 2011  - Craig says:

    Kudos to Chiefs Defense! Dorsey played well as did Johnson and Houston. The double teams Hali got freed up the others. No offense but a win. Go Chiefs.

  • December 5, 2011  - the other dave says:

    Another awesome performance by the D. Too bad it will be overshadowed by an index finger.

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