A lengthy halftime bolstered the Chiefs’ skill to make adjustments to a defensive scheme that allowed six explosive performs over the first two quarters Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
They answered by bringing extra stress, forcing three straight punts to birth the 2d half of in an eventual 38-20 loss to the Payments.
But one switch they’ve to this point shunned making, even as the communication factors in their secondary continue?
The Chiefs stuck with safety Daniel Sorensen in the back stop of their defense after he chanced on himself well out of attach of dwelling on two performs that resulted for a blended 104 yards and a touchdown. Sorensen done every defensive snap in opposition to Buffalo, the third time this season that’s been the case. Security Juan Thornhill, a 2019 2d-round draft different, is nonetheless restricted to playing in the Chiefs’ dime defense, a kit that’s on the discipline 44% of the time.
That yearlong resolution — Sorensen over Thornhill — is a terrific point for a secondary that’s struggled to follow its assignments, nonetheless moreover for a defense that looks to lack athleticism on the soccer discipline.
On Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid addressed the skill of lineup adjustments to change the route of a defense allowing a league-worst 32.6 aspects per game.
“We take a look at up on the least bit that, I would tell, every game, defend or lose,” Reid said, no longer speaking particularly about the safety attach of dwelling, nonetheless on the entire. “That you just would be capable to perchance moreover be seeking to like to rob a take a look at up on at to procure the very finest guys that you just’ve got in attach of dwelling to form a job and make you the very finest it is doubtless you’ll moreover merely even be as a team. So, yeah, we’ll keep attempting at that. If something desires modified, then we’ll switch it. We’re quite proper with these items.”
The factors plaguing the Chiefs’ defense lengthen to every level — the cross bustle has yet to procure going and the linebackers like no longer been capable in protection. However the secondary’s disregarded assignments appear the defense’s most tense and debilitating component.
After the loss, safety Tryann Mathieu called the Payments’ extensive-birth receivers “embarrassing,” and added, “Undoubtedly, I contain we’re staunch beating ourselves.” Twice on Sunday, Mathieu outstretched his fingers as the Josh Allen-thrown soccer modified into once in the air, seeing the Chiefs had left a Buffalo player extensive birth.
On each and every times, Sorensen modified into once on the protection. On the 2d, a 53-yard touchdown to tight stop Dalton Knox, Sorensen stuck with a nook route for better than 25 yards sooner than staunch losing track of Knox.
“(Knox) ran a nook route, then he make of modified into it back up into a swing route,” Reid said. “As the quarterback moved, he dropped him there.
“That you just would be capable to perchance’t form that. (Sorensen) had his eyes in the backfield and misplaced where the tight stop modified into once. You’ve gotta be particular you bought your eyes on him and know where he’s at.”