The Chiefs have in recent years employed a 3-4 defense. With Andy Reid running the show, things could be changing.
Peter King of SI.com reports that former NFL assistant and, more recently, USC assistant Monte Kiffin is one of the leading candidates to run Reid’s defense in Kansas City. Kiffin possibly would bring the Tampa Two approach that helped him win a Super Bowl 10 years ago with the Bucs.
Per King, another candidate for the job was Panthers coach Ron Rivera, but Rivera will be returning for a third year in Carolina. Rivera has experience with both the 4-3 and the 3-4 defense.
If the Chiefs switch to a 4-3, they’d have to retool the personnel accordingly. But it would be intriguing to see how safety Eric Berry would perform in a defense that places greater emphasis on the abilities of the folks who man the last line of the defense.
Either way, Reid needs a great defensive coordinator. His Eagles teams weren’t the same after the passing of Jim Johnson. The ability of his Chiefs teams to match what his Eagles teams did will likely hinge on whether Reid can field a defense that complements his offense.