When the New York Giants square off to play the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, they know they will be seeing an old rival on the sidelines in Andy Reid, who was previously the Philadelphia Eagles coach for the last decade.
Seeing Reid won't be the only old thing that the Giants see from Kansas City on Sunday, as many players and coaches of the New York Giants have noticed a similar look to the Kansas City defense because for the last few years, they've seen it against them every summer from when they played against the New York Jets.
When Reid took over as the Chiefs head coach, he hired long-time Jets assistant coach Bob Sutton to be their defensive coordinator, a move that has worked out well for Reid in the early stages of the season since they are 3-0, have one of the league's top-ranked defensive units and are one of the surprises in the league. So it should come as no surprise when the Giants should expect the same kind of pressure from the Chiefs and Sutton's defense that they got from the Jets over the last few years, which Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride told Conor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger this week in practice.
"There's a lot of similarities," Gilbride said. "It's funny, when you get a system, everyone's personality influences the final expression of what that defensive scheme might be, but there's no question (Kansas City's) system is rooted in the Jets'. If you're not on your toes, they can make life difficult for you."
Last week, the Chiefs made life miserable for Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, as they sacked him six times and intercepted him twice while holding the Chip Kelly offense to just 16 points in a 26-16 victory, so it should come as no shocker that the Giants would be a little cautious about going up against a defense that can get after the quarterback and is causing turnovers; the Chiefs are a +9 in the 2013 season in the turnover department.
However, given Tom Coughlin's knack for trying to get his team prepared against opponents, he could use what he has seen from the Jets and the looks that Sutton used from when he was the Jets linebacker coach (2000-2005, 2009-2012) and defensive coordinator (2006-2008) to better prepare the Giants offense for what they could expect to see at Arrowhead Stadium. With the Chiefs bringing heavy pressure and blitzes, and with the Giants offensive line in disarray, it would strongly benefit the Giants to change up the offense, which Gilbride has strongly been considering doing this week.
The Chiefs have racked up 15 sacks, four interceptions and forced three fumbles while allowing only 34 points, which is the second fewest in the league, in their first three games, so the Giants offense will need to be on top of their game and be prepared for what will be coming at them on Sunday afternoon.
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