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How Will The Chiefs Defend The Falcons’ Passing Attack?

Arrowhead is going to be full of screaming Chiefs fans on Sunday afternoon, and the Chiefs defensive backs are going to have their hands full when Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons passing attack take the field. Ryan is more dangerous than ever under the guidance of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who has a fascination with throwing the deep ball, while the Chiefs break in a new player and return a starter to create what promises to be a very interesting matchup in week 1.

The signs of a revamped Atlanta passing game were glaring prior to the preseason, and they were confirmed when the Falcons threw a plethora of deep balls in their four weeks of exhibition games. Most of them went to second year star wideout Julio Jones, who made acrobatic catches and punished defensive backs en route to the end zone, mostly off of play action or when he was the solo receiver on the backside of the formation.

That is expected from Koetter because he builds his offense off of the four-verticals pass concept, which features four receivers running down the field as they pin the secondary on its heels and stretch the defense thin. But Koetter’s scheme isn’t expected to be as easy this week as it was in the preseason because he’s going up against the Chiefs defensive backfield.

If there’s one thing that the Chiefs can do, it’s cover, and cover well. Kansas City boasts one of the league’s best and most underrated cornerbacks in Brandon Flowers, and they’re returning a very dynamic and rare talent at safety in Eric Berry. Berry was absent last season due to a significant knee injury, and that limited the Chiefs schematically because the other safeties on the roster simply don’t posses his range.

Last season, Kansas City wasn’t exposed to Atlanta. But while analyzing Atlanta’s preseason play, it was evident that they’ve similar to Pittsburgh in their offensive design, so I analyzed how Kansas City played against the Steelers to gauge their potential gameplan this weekend. Pittsburgh played with a lot of 11 personnel on the field, spreading out the defense with a 3×1 set, and the Chiefs countered with Cover 2 Man, manning up underneath and playing with two deep safeties.

This coverage is significant because it tells us that the Chiefs were wary of the deep ball threat because they often showed two deep safeties but didn’t always finish with them. Kansas City’s defensive backs move a significant amount before the snap, with the cornerbacks cushioning and then pressing up on the line of scrimmage while the safeties rotate and walk down in the box before dropping back.

Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel likes to show a lot of two deep safeties and confuse the quarterback’s pre-snap reads.

As noted by Draftbreakdown.com’s Eric Stoner, Crennel’s defense is a hard to figure out because it looks like Cover 4 (Quarters) and Cover 2 Man before the snap, which makes it very difficult for the receiver and quarterback to determine where they are supposed to go. On this play, it was Cover 2 Man, but what’s it going to be on the next one?

Atlanta’s 11 personnel is similar to Pittsburgh’s with a few minor tweaks, such as the alignment of the tight end, but they both have the same goal: get vertical (if possible) and get in the end zone.

Against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 of the preseason, the Falcons went vertical to Jones from their 11 personnel.

On this play, Jones, who was on the backside of the 3×1 formation, caught the ball down the right sideline in between the cornerback and safety on a ‘Go’ route.

Atlanta’s opponent countered this with an Odd coverage (Cover 1) and one deep safety, but it’s debatable if the Chiefs will do the same.

It’s more likely that they’ll play with two deep safeties to combat Atlanta’s vertical threats and still get upfield to slow down the running game. They could do this from Cover 2 Man or Cover 4 (Quarters), though more likely with the latter as the safeties are taught to defend the run first after reading their run-pass keys.

Two significant aspects of this matchup will be the play of new cornerback Stanford Routt — who has the athleticism and speed to run with receivers but has had issues in man coverage in the past — and the aforementioned Eric Berry.

Berry has the ability to take the defensive backfield to a whole new level because of his rare range and instincts. He covers a lot of ground very quickly and will be a big factor in how the Chiefs present their defense both pre-snap and post snap, which will be key in the effort to confuse Ryan.

Ryan and the offense will still look to go vertical if the right situation presents itself. This usually came on first down or second and short off of play action in the preseason, when they took their shots and still had manageable downs to work with if the attempt failed. Kansas City will be mindful of this and look to throw a wrench in Atlanta’s plans, which is why this matchup is going to be one of the most interesting during the first Sunday of the regular season.

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The screen may have a huge impact on this game if they are expecting deep ball.

Indeed it may sir! Also, we may want to call a play and stick to it no matter what knowing they will change their look last minute. Matt can keep his eyes on the safety while dropping back. We have outlets to go to if needed.

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We will see a lot of Cover 2 Man. That's the only way you can handle Roddy and Julio. BUT we now have an OC who will use HD and Tony down the middle to stress the safeties and not let the defense dictate what we will do. HD should be matched up on Arenas and should be able to win that match up enough to get them out of 2 deep looks. Especially with 11 personnel, running lanes should be their since they are at a mismatch if they stay 3-4 against it.

We should win this game going away. No question.

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We will see a lot of Cover 2 Man. That's the only way you can handle Roddy and Julio. BUT we now have an OC who will use HD and Tony down the middle to stress the safeties and not let the defense dictate what we will do. HD should be matched up on Arenas and should be able to win that match up enough to get them out of 2 deep looks. Especially with 11 personnel, running lanes should be their since they are at a mismatch if they stay 3-4 against it.

We should BETTER win this game going away. No question.

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If we blow this game I will be in a very ugly mood.

I think the best way to win this game is to let their safties drop back

and we ram Turner down their throats.

The when they go int to run coverage we blitzkrieg them with Roddy and Julio.

Then keep them off ballance by using Gonzo and Douglas over the middle.

Quizz will probably mess em up too.

Just keep a steady attack going and dont get greedy with the points.

31 will be more than enough.

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This all sounds good in theory, let's see what happens to KC on the field when reality hits. I believe we have an actual OC that can make in-game adjustments now. We'll see what happens Sunday when our offense unleashes a can of whoop a$$.

Exactly.

That's one of the things that I think will show whether or not we have "improved" this year.

That and:

can we stop the run

can we get a first down on 4th and 1

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The Falcons need to be agressive on offense throughout the whole game. **** 3rd and shorts!

And the D needs to be strategic, yet agressive also. **** giving up 3rd and 15s for TDs!

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The theme for me this offseason has been "lets wait and see". This is no different. We keep hearing how we are gonna be this high flying offense, but I need to see it before I believe it.

The Chiefs stack up against us in all the right ways... for them. They have good corners, which helps even the worst pass rush. Our line has not proven its any better, so even without Hali, they may be able to get after Ryan. They also have the ability to run all over us and keep our offense off the field.

With all that, and the fact that Ryan is usually less than stellar on the road, and yea, im a little worried about this game.

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Our Run D has been less than stellar in the preseason

That will be KCs Gameplan

Run the ball

Run the Clock

keep the ball away from M Ryan and Falcons explosive Offense

If the Falcons jump out to an early lead, it could get ugly fast for KC

on paper Looks to me like falcons should be a 10 pt road Fav

That being said

Falcons over the last few yrs have not been the same team on the road (unless its a west coast trip)

and we have never beat KC in KC

Ever

if we drop this game i wont be surprised , but we cant drop to many to teams we should beat

and KC is a team we should beat...

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Im optomistic but a tad nervous, season openers on the road are not exactly our specialty, 2 new systemsin place, etc., if we lose, the meltdown here at TATF will be historic, as it was after the Chicago game, and the neer do wells will have a fkng field day .......

yep. for everyones sake, lets just get this one. I know its the same as anyother game, value-wise, but winning the season opener always just puts a team in the right mind state, right direction. we need that this year

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Great informative read. Thanks for posting. Eric Berry's ability to make a play on the ball is similar to that of Troy Polamalu's. Ryan has faced Polamalu before so he has that experience. Also if I'm understanding it right the Chiefs defense is similar to the Bears and Lovie Smith's cover 2 defense. The reason we lost to the Bears last season was because we couldn't get deep on them and Ryan was coached not to take chances. That shouldn't be a problem this year because according to everything I've heard and read Koetter has coached Ryan to where he wants him to throw it deep no matter what, even if the receiver isn't open to keep the defense honest. Also another change is the screen game. The screen game has the ability to be a huge play to counter a deep cover 2 defense.

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