5 Scheme Adjustments the Kansas City Chiefs Should Consider in 2012
In order to achieve success in the NFL, teams much have solid schemes in place on both offense and defense that they execute on a weekly basis.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw just how important is it to adjust schemes when they hired current head coach Romeo Crennel to become their defensive coordinator back in 2010.
After Crennel changed some things up on defense, the Chiefs now have one of the best defensive units in the league heading into this season.
Here are five more changes that KC could make in 2012.
More Two Tight End Sets
This is a concept that is gaining more and more steam around the NFL these days.
The Patriots were one of the first teams to get this going after they drafted two talented tight ends back in 2010, and now the Chiefs should follow suit.
With new tight end Kevin Boss now on board and Tony Moeaki coming off an injury, KC could really create many mismatches for opposing defenses with this pair in the game at the same time.
It would also help open up the passing game and rushing attack for Kansas City's offense.
More Sweeps to the Right
This Chiefs offensive line will be very stout in run blocking this season.
With new right tackle Eric Winston, and talented right guard Jon Asamoah manning the right side of KC's OL, KC should take advantage of that by doing sweeps with Charles and Hillis on that side of the field.
With Charles being one of the best backs in the league at getting to the outside, adding more sweeps for this offense should be a no-brainer this season.
Not only will this keep defenses more honest but it will also help out Matt Cassel and the passing game as well.
Play Smash-Mouth Football
When the Chiefs brought in free agent RB Peyton Hillis and ex-Miami offensive coordinator Brian Daboll earlier this offseason, it became clear that they felt their offense needed a face lift.
After being one of the worst units in the league last season, it's easy to see why.
At 6'3", 250 pounds, Hillis is the perfect type of bruising back that a team needs to implement a more smash-mouth style on offense.
When you factor in that KC still has a game manager-type QB in Matt Cassel and a strong defense that will play behind him, going to a more smash-mouth style of attack makes even more sense for this team in 2012.
Play More Man Coverage
It's no secret that Romeo Crennel loves his guys to play man coverage in his defense.
It's been one of the main reasons why he has enjoyed so much success as an NFL defensive coordinator over the years.
This scheme appears to be right up Crennel's alley, since Kansas City already has one of the best cover corners in the league in Brandon Flowers, and now they have another solid option to pair with him in veteran Stanford Routt.
By using more man-to-man coverage, this will play to the strength of KC's secondary, which will make their defense much better overall this season.
Use Eric Berry to Blitz More Often
This year, the Chiefs will be getting back one of the best players on defense in safety Eric Berry.
Berry can do just about everything for this team, including getting pressure on the opposing QB.
In his rookie season, Berry wasn't called on to blitz very often, but when he was, the former first-round pick was very productive as he picked up two sacks on the year.
It's clear that Berry knows how to get to the QB, and with this team lacking a strong pass rush, they should really consider letting him blitz early and often this season.