Newly hired Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said this week that he intends to call the offense next season and the team will retain it’s 3-4 defensive alignment. The Chiefs hired Doug Pederson as the team’s offensive coordinator but Reid told reporters that he will call the offensive plays. Pederson has just four years of coaching experience in the NFL, but he received high marks from Reid.
Reid also told the media that the Chiefs will retain their 3-4 scheme. The head coach pointed to the fact that the Chiefs have invested heavily in the draft for players to run the 3-4 and he would retain that alignment. “There’s been time invested in the 3-4 here. The 3-4 gives you some flexibility. I’ve run both (alignments). I’ve been in both so I understand how they were. The 4-3 is good if you have the right coaches in place and the team is invested in it. But this team here is invested in the 3-4, so let’s continue to build it and get better at it,” said Reid.
This is a wise choice for Reid and the Chiefs. Kansas City has the first overall selection in the draft for the first time in franchise history. This is a team with serious needs at the quarterback position. Installing a new offensive system and switching to a 4-3 without proper personnel, all in the same year is not a recipe for instant success on the field.