When the Giants won their two Super Bowls under Tom Coughlin, they occasionally featured defenses that had four defensive ends on the field at the same time in order to generate a furious pass rush.
The Chiefs are working on something similar at training camp this year. Kansas City has been working on a sub package that features outside linebackers Tamba Hali, Justin Houston, Dee Ford and Josh Martin on the field at the same time along with nose tackle Dontari Poe. Martin and Houston are positioned inside as defensive coordinator Bob Sutton tries to get his best pass rushers on the field together.
“Yeah, he’s just using the pieces like it’s chess and putting all his best players out there, allowing them to do what they do best,” Hali said, via the Kansas City Star. “About five guys, six guys that can rush the passer. We call it a ‘dog’ front. He wants to see a bunch of dogs go out there.”
The Chiefs used 47 sacks and 36 takeaways to help the team to the playoffs last season, so it’s no surprise that they want to continue coming up with ways to attack opposing offenses. If Sutton can hit on the right mix, the defense should be a thorn in the side of opposing offenses again this season.