New Chiefs’ defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was introduced to the media Wednesday on a conference call. During the call Spagnuolo stressed that he thinks the world of former DC Bob Sutton but is happy to have fallen into this position.
Spagnuolo said that changing the defensive coaching staff does not guarantee a significant improvement. He wants an aggressive, challenging and competitive defense.
Spagnuolo said that during his time away from coaching he thought about how things can be done differently to be more effective. Andy Reid is somebody he always considered coaching for after he was done as a head coach. He watched practices of multiple teams and got good ideas he will share with Andy Reid.
Spagnuolo said that hiring people that he is familiar with has helped the defensive staff advance past the terminology stage. They are already talking the same language and not spending time digesting each other’s terminology.
Spagnuolo is excited about working again with Andy Reid after working with him for eight seasons in Philadelphia. He mentioned that a lot of defensive coordinators would like to be on the same team as Patrick Mahomes. He said that they won’t use a good offense as an excuse for being a poor defense. The defense’s job is the same regardless of how good the offense does. If the defense doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on the field they need to get stops on third down.
Spagnuolo also said he has not talked with Eric Berry. He has only talked with the guys who have been in the building.