The Kansas City Chiefs were not terrible by any means in the red zone on defense last season. However, head coach Andy Reid is determined to make sure his team is one of the best. That is why the Chiefs spent all of Monday working on ways to improve in the red zone.
Even though Kansas City has not spent much time on this particular area, the players were able to do plenty of good on their first day of working on it.
“It was good,” safety Kendrick Lewis said, according to KCChiefs.com. “Down in the red zone, it takes a lot of communication, a lot of guys on the same page, so we don’t let the offense get in the end zone. Early on, we did a lot of that; we were focused and we played team defense and worked with each other and that’s what was able to get us through.”
The Chiefs allowed opponents to score 53.12 percent of the time in the red zone last year, which was good for 15th in the league. It was a slight improvement from the previous season in which opponents scored a touchdown 54.90 percent of the time when in the red zone. The number that really needs to be looked at is how many times Kansas City’s opponents were given a chance to score. The Chiefs ranked 30th in the league with opponents having exactly four opportunities to score while in the red zone per game in 2012.
The good news is the first-team defense looked really good while facing the offense in the red zone. In fact, linebacker Justin Houston deflected quarterback Alex Smith’s pass, which was then intercepted by defensive tackle Dontari Poe.