With several new faces on the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense, the team continues to rebuild on that side of the ball.
The Chiefs returned to the field Thursday for their sixth organized team activities session. It was the first time media was able to talk with Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagunolo in person since joining the Chiefs.
Spagnuolo has been in the process of implementing a new defense. However, the development still has a long way to go as the players have yet to throw on their shoulder pads.
“What I look for right now is building a foundation. I’ve talked extensively with the guys about that. It’s been all about building a foundation of fundamentals,” Spagnuolo said.
The defensive coordinator explained communication and belief in the system are two of those key fundamentals.
“It doesn’t take a lot of talent to communicate or to call out an under route or get aligned. Those little things we need to get taken care of otherwise it creates holes and then we have problems. So I’m more focused on that,” Spagnuolo said.
Spagnuolo isn’t the only newcomer on the Chiefs defense. Defensive end Frank Clark was brought in to be the team’s new anchor on defense along with newly signed safety Tyrann Mathieu.
“They’re team guys, they’re leaders, they’ve got all the intangibles,” Spagnuolo said. “We haven’t gone out and played a game yet, but from the standpoint of practice and how hard they work it’s been really, really good.”
Defensive line coach Brendan Daly said he has seen a lot of energy from Clark lately.
“He’s got an athletic skill set, a diverse skill set. He’s interested in learning, he wants to improve, wants to be coached,” Daly said.
The Chiefs finished this past season 31st in yards allowed per game with 405.5 yards and 24th in points allowed per game with a total of 26.3
The Chiefs will begin its third week of OTAs on Tuesday.