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Overheard: Defense

Posted Nov 10, 2012

Preparing for Primetime Once Again

The Kansas City Chiefs are preparing to face the Pittsburgh Steelers this week on Monday Night Football. For the second time in as many weeks the Chiefs will be competing in front of a national audience. After a loss to the San Diego Chargers last Thursday they look to face the 5-3 Steelers at Heinz Field on Monday night during prime time.

Injury update: Brady Quinn was cleared this week for non-contact practice, while Branden Albert and Steve Maneri were both limited during practice on Thursday and Friday, and Glenn Dorsey was ruled out of the game against the Steelers early in the week.

After practice this week Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach, Gary Gibbs spoke with the media.

Q: What’s the stamp of a Gary Gibbs defense? How are we going to know that you’re the coordinator?

GIBBS: “This isn’t about any individual. This is about our defense trying to play better than we have the last couple weeks, and our players and coaches alike know that we’ve got a big challenge, but it’s a big stage, so this isn’t about somebody trying to put a stamp on anything. This is about our guys going out there and playing well and us trying to coach them well.”

Q: It’s never easy becoming a coordinator mid-stream like this, but is it a little easier for you since you’ve been a coordinator before?

GIBBS: “I’m just glad that we’ve got some players who want to go out there and compete. This isn’t about me, this isn’t about the position I’m quote holding right now. This is about all of us. We’ve got a good defensive staff. We work well together. Everybody has input. We put the plan together and that’s they’re focus.”

Q: How has Javier Arenas been this week now that he’s the starter?

GIBBS: “I think he’s had a good week. As you guys know, playing Monday night, there’s a lot of energy. It’s a big stage. I think having a game under his belt is a positive and I think he’s got a little more confidence coming into this week, and I think he’s had a good week.”

Q: What have you been emphasizing this week to your defense against the Steelers offense?

GIBBS: “All of us are emphasizing we’ve got to make sure we don’t let them just run through us. We’ve got to do a good job technique-wise, we’ve got to be good tackles as far as their running game, that’s obvious, and then you’ve got to contend with their speed. Their speed at wide receiver is prevalent, so we’ve got to do a good job as far as playing fast, taking good angles and playing good team defense.”

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