Romeo: No Wholesale Changes For Defense

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The Chiefs defense has struggled through the first two games, allowing 89 points, more than any team in the league. As we touched on earlier Friday, there are elements outside the defense that have made the job tougher for that side of the ball.

But that doesn’t let the defense off the hook for its own performance. Can we expect to see changes with the defense against San Diego this Sunday?

“I don’t know that wholesale change is the answer,” said defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. “To change completely, there’s a learning curve that goes along with change. It might help you, it might not help you. I think your best chance is to work on your foundations. If you can identify something that is definitely hurting you, then you make a change at that point.”

Besides being handed consistently poor field position, Crennel says that the defense was done in by different factors in the first two games.

“The first game (Buffalo) we didn’t play good fundamental football,” Crennel said. “Our run force; when a guy was supposed to have run force, he was inside and let the ball get outside. Some of our coverages we weren’t where we were supposed to be. We talked about that and cleaned that up a little bit.

“Then in the second game, we didn’t play as smart as we needed to play. We turned the ball over, but then we gave it back to them. We had back-to-back penalties that moved the ball into the red zone. Basically, that’s a turnover. If we can eliminate that, we have a different position as far as the game goes and maybe not as many opportunities for them come up.

“Of the six scores that we gave up last week, three were at the one-yard line after guys had battled. So even though you gave them up, that’s a sign that you are fighting and you are not giving up 50-yard touchdowns.

“We’ve got to get to the point where we can play and forced field goal attempts. That’s what we have to do.”

7 Responses to “Romeo: No Wholesale Changes For Defense”

  • September 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed the major change need to be made is maybe starting Rashard Langford over McGraw since he’s more atheletic. McGraw isn’t the fastest play by no means and it also seem he’s not the smartest by any means either you would think on that 1st touchdown its 3 tight end set with only Johnson split out wide you would cheat to his side of the field since you know you’re not fast enough to make it there being in the middle of field. Football is chess not checkers

  • September 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    My mistake football is checkers not chess. If Megaton is lineup wide as only receiver you have to cheat to his side you got to know you’re not athletic enough to provide help over the top from middle of field.

  • September 23, 2011  - Tim says:

    …and Romeo, the reason you can’t play like you expressed in your last sentence is because you guys made the decision to play patty cake in training camp instead of getting ready for war like a lot of other teams. Sure the injury to Berry is major, but in game one, he was there. Additionally, when you keep “pets” like McGraw on the roster you get exposed when he’s forced to play & doesn’t have the physical ability anymore to cover. He, and some others, can play as smart as they want. If they can’t physically do their assigned job consistently, they shouldn’t be there.

  • September 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    AGreed Tim but at least some guys that aren’t the most athletic anymore are very crafty vets. Take Ronde Barber and Champ Bailey for instance. Their not the most athletic players anymore but at least they understand their limitations and use their head more. I don’t even see McGraw doing that

  • September 23, 2011  - Tim says:

    Ed…Perhaps that is so with the players you mentioned BUT they are in different systems. I’m not sure you can really say Champ Bailey can’t cover…or Barber. They can still cover. They are CBs. McGraw cannot cover & he is a Safety. Apples & oranges, my friend. There’s a difference between somebody that can’t (McGraw) & someboy that still can, but just not as good as he once was (Bailey, et al).

  • September 24, 2011  - ED J says:

    Tim I feel you McGraw sucks but he can least play more intelligent. Maybe he’s not atheletic as those guys mentioned but at least in 1 receiver set and that receiver is Calvin Johnson you cheat to his side because you know you’re not fast enough to get their with your speed that’s all i’m saying. Use your head out there McGraw.

  • September 24, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Nice job Ed!
    However, McGraw and Pieceofsh*tty are horrible at safety. They would not make any other NFL roster.

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