Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Members of the Kansas City Chiefs defensive team on the bench late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
1. How confident are the Chiefs in Alex Smith to win a game in the 4th?
I believe the Chiefs have full confidence in Alex Smith. He can make the throws—I’ve seen him do it—but the Chiefs aren’t asking him to win games in the fourth. They ask him to take care of the football and keep up with the opponents on the scoreboard. If we’re being truthful, I’d say the Chiefs hope to win games in the fourth quarter with their defense and special teams.
Well, I’m not sure how they’ll exactly game plan this week, but I assume, as always, that pressure is going to be the key. Dontari Poe does a great job of shooting the gap and getting pressure, and the linebackers play well behind that. I’d like to see some run blitzes as well.
3. Who are some unknown guys on offense and defense that are potential game-changers for the Chiefs?
Perhaps he’s not unknown in Kansas City—in fact I know he’s not—but Anthony Sherman is very underrated for the offense. As a fullback, he’s directly responsible for many of the holes that Jamaal Charles is able to run through.
On defense, I’d give the nod to defensive end Mike DeVito—who does a great job of taking up space on that defensive line as well as playing against the run.
4. How will the Chiefs get their pass rush going when Rivers releasees the ball so quickly?
We’ll, they’ll obviously still try to blitz, but defensive coordinator Bob Sutton talked this week about dropping more players back into coverage if a quarterback is going to the quick game. No reason to force the issue if it isn’t there.