When the New Orleans Saints face off against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at the Superdome, the home team’s defense will finally feel comfortable against the team across the line.
In their first two games, the Saints defense surrendered a league-worst 75 points (tied with the Chiefs) to the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers. Both of those teams are led by dynamic quarterbacks in Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton, respectively.
When interim New Orleans head coach Aaron Kromer was asked about the difficulty preparing for those playmakers compared to Matt Cassel, he talked about his struggling defense feeling comfortable facing a much more traditional offense like their own.
“It would be like practicing against us in training camp if you were our defense, I would think,” Kromer told reporters Wednesday. “Very similar style of running and passing.”
The interim coach was also asked about the Chiefs owning, statistically speaking, the best offense in the AFC.
“A lot of their yards are coming in a two-minute when they are in catch-up mode.”
Such a statement might draw the ire of players and fans if it weren’t true. 21 of the Chiefs 41 points (and the yardage to get there) were in pure garbage time. Anyone that has watched the Kansas City offense over these first two weeks knows there’s nothing going on worth writing home about.
Kromer was quick to point out his defense will be going up against a unit with plenty of talent.
“[T]his is a team that is full of Pro Bowlers and they had a lot of injuries last year with their Pro Bowl talent. They are a lot to be reckoned with.”