Will coordinator Bob Sutton be deemed the savior of Kansas City's defense?
If you ask Chiefs defenders, their answers suggest a resounding "yes."
Second-year nose tackle Dontari Poe claimed that Sutton's scheme is more rousing for defensive linemen, as it allows them to act on their aggressiveness rather than passively absorb blocks.
Coming out of Memphis, skeptics never questioned Poe's physical tools. The criticism directed toward last year's first-round pick had to do with his ability to read and react; Sutton's simpler schemes masks Poe's deficiencies.
Pro Bowler Derrick Johnson echoed Poe's sentiments but also admitted that the no-contact drills can be torturous, saying (via Sports Radio 810 WHB), "Offensive guys prance around, make plays and catch balls. And you look at them like, 'Man, I could've tore you up right there.'"
Johnson didn't record an interception in 2012—the first time since 2006. Although he commended Alex Smith's leadership and command of the offense, Johnson also returned an interception to the house at practice.