The Los Angeles Chargers are in for a impolite awakening towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs dashing assault on Thursday evening.
On a brief week, you may wager Brandon Staley has been watching plenty of movie on his Week 2 opponent — the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Confronted with the truth of life with out Tyreek Hill, Kansas Metropolis was extra inventive and numerous than ever with their dashing assault Week 1 towards the Cardinals. Andy Reid and Co. ran out of units with 4 totally different personnel teams, which was yet one more than the norm final yr.
22 personnel (two operating backs, two tight ends, one receiver) and 13 personnel (one operating again, three tight ends, one receiver) might show harmful towards a Los Angeles protection which struggled towards these teams final season. In Week 1, Kansas Metropolis went with these personnel teams on 20 % of their performs, per USA Today.
Chiefs operating sport ought to scare the Chargers
Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Isiah Pacheco excelled in Kansas Metropolis’s dashing assault, with Pacheco gaining 66 yards on 12 carries (he additionally scored a landing). 33 of these yards got here in 22 personnel.
Why is that related? Specifically, the Chargers struggled final season towards 22 personnel, giving up extra yards and touchdowns than another workforce.
Reid and Eric Bieniemy know this, and can put Staley’s protection to the check early and sometimes. When requested why the Chiefs are so tough to defend, Staley acknowledged that guarding all 5 skill-position gamers in addition to the quarterback is almost not possible.
“As a result of you must defend all 5 individuals and the quarterback. Any time all 5 individuals are a reliable menace to do one thing with the soccer down there, and you must account for the quarterback, you’re maximizing your probabilities of being an excellent crimson zone workforce. They run the soccer nicely down there as a result of they’ll run it, they usually can get the RPO model of the sport, to allow them to change the maths, even the maths out down there. They’re an excellent display screen workforce. A really, very powerful cowl. That’s why they’re such a superb soccer workforce.”
The Chargers use loads of mild fronts, particularly towards groups with quarterbacks as proficient as Mahomes. A play-action faux might in any other case depart Los Angeles’ secondary weak at any second.
However that’s the factor in regards to the Chiefs this season — in no way do they should be so pass-heavy. Count on Reid to focus on the Chargers weak spot early and sometimes.