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Obviously, we are in pre-preseason. Not all the names have made it to the roster, still a few things are emerging. Offseason signings Tyron Mathieu  and Frank Clark are taking on leadsership roles we hoped they would. Mathieu is stepping over the void left by the 2017 Game #1 injury to Eric Berry. EB was never the same and we lost his hand on CB Marcus Peters, who proceeded to talk himself off the team. Mathieu has been vocal about his role on the team and what he expects from his teammates, see story.

Clark is even more important.Our front seven was abused in the running game and lost 30 sacks when Ford and Houston signed elsewhere.  Clark fills some of that void. Emmanual Ogbah probably starts out as the other DE. Chris Jones owns one tackle spot and there  will be competition for the other one.

LB is even more unsettled. Pencil Anthony Hitchens at MLB and go from there.

https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2019/5/23/18637749/chiefs-defense-looks-organized-and-energetic-during-thursday-otas

https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/27/kansas-city-chiefs-andy-reid-on-defense-at-otas-new-defensive-staff/?utm_source=smg&utm_medium=wasabi&utm_content=recirc-most-popular

https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2019/5/24/18638844/embracing-competition-frank-clark-and-patrick-mahomes-want-to-make-each-other-great

 

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First, there is a series of articles in Pride titled Summer of Spags. The first is an introduction and covers the secondary. The second is about the front seven. In typically thorough fashion, Craig Stout and Matt Lane lays out the base defense formations Spagnuolo used when with the Giants. The jargon is there, but he explains it in very friendly manner, using pics and gifs. REad through it an I guarantee you will learn something. Next will be the nickel packages.
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2019/5/28/18642457/summer-of-spags-secondary-alignments-and-personnel
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2019/5/31/18642001/summer-of-spags-the-front-seven-in-steve-spagnuolos-4-3-scheme

DC Spagnuolo and his staff have been praising the new guys, Mathieu and Clark.  It's clear the FO wanted vocal leadership and they seem to be getting it. While there is only so much you can see in, "pajama games" the staff is impressed with both the competitiveness and the work ethic. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2019/06/01/kansas-city-chiefs-steve-spagnuolo-brendan-daly-praise-new-chiefs-defenders-tyrann-mathieu-frank-clark/

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The next article is about the nickel, which is really the base defense in today's NFL. The most common offensive alignment is one RB, one TE, three WR. This is the defense  to fact that offensive group.
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2019/6/5/18652533/summer-of-spags-linebacker-and-defensive-line-trends-and-tendencies-in-the-nickel

The most interesting thing is that the front four stays the same. Rotation is for freshness, not function. Linebackers change considerably. Typically, the two larger LB come out and a single fast coverage LB (eg Darron Lee or Dorian O'Daniel) comes in. In some situations, the SLB stays in and moves to the DL. 

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55 minutes ago, onejayhawk said:

Here is an article on how the players are taking to the new system. One thing they like is the simplicity. One thing about Sutton's defense is that it was difficult to pick up. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2019/06/12/kansas-city-chiefs-defenders-enjoying-simplicity-of-new-defensive-scheme/

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This was always the reason given for why we would play or sign proven bad vets (Parker being example #1) over potentially better young players.

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We now have a lot of potentially better young players. Also we have a lot more size, particularly if the LB are Wilson, Ragland and Hitchens. 

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