after Justin Houston injured his hamstring in Sunday’s game.Houston could miss a few weeks with the injury https://www.thechiefsfanshop.com/hats , Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. Houston played only 22 of 83 snaps and had two quarterback hits against the Jaguars.His injury has the Chiefs hurting at the position.Dee Ford was ejected for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties Sunday and also has battled a groin issue. The Chiefs finished the game with second-year veteran Tanoh Kpassagnon and rookie Breeland Speaks at outside linebacker with no available players at the position on the bench.General Manager Brett Veach is exploring roster possibilities, coach Andy Reid said Monday.鈥淏rett is dealing with all that right now,鈥?Reid said, via the Kansas City Star. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 have an answer for you but he鈥檚 looking at some different options and juggling all that today. He started on it last night.鈥淚 can鈥檛 tell you what the answers are.鈥 The Cleveland Browns entire organization has been turned upside down, then inside out, shaken up a little bit, and now placed in the hands of Gregg Williams and Freddie Kitchens. It’s a hard task to ask a team to play super well under these kinds of circumstances but equally as hard to prepare to play the team. Usually, teams that lose their head coach, or even coordinator, come out with a little fire and passion. The Browns play hard every single week, as evidenced by the four overtime games, but tend to fall apart consistently. With a new coaching staff in charge, it’s impossible to tell what will be new and what will remain consistent. With that said, Gregg Williams is now the head coach, so the defense should remain the same. Let’s head down the AP Laboratory and breakdown this aggressive Williams’ defense.Cleveland Browns defensePersonnel preferencesThe Browns predominantly run a 4-3 defense that spends a fair amount of time in their base package using their talented linebacker group. The injury to Joe Schobert has forced rookie Genard Avery into more playing time, which actually provides them with some extra flexibility, as Avery is a very good pass rusher as well. The Browns rotate their secondary players often. Denzel Ward and Damarious Randall will play every snap but the second and third safeties and cornerbacks rotate frequently. A nickel defensive back does often come in as Avery is slid down into a defensive end position as someone else kicks inside.As with any Gregg Williams defense Kansas City Chiefs Hoodie , the Browns defense plays aggressively and often dials up blitzes as well as shows pressure and drops out of it. Even when playing from a “base” alignment, the Browns’ front seven is playing downhill first while the secondary plays to keep stuff in front of them. Pass defenseThe Browns mix up their coverage type, shells and techniques rather frequently.The most common coverage is a Tampa-2 zone, which is Cover-2 (two deep safeties, five underneath zone players), in which only one of the underneath hook defenders plays deep in the middle of the field. With their athletic linebackers, who can play the pass well, they can remove one of the bigger holes against a traditional Cover-2 zone and still have enough speed underneath to not be picked apart. The Browns will play different techniques when in man coverage or zone as well. Press-ball technique, which is aligning near the line of scrimmage but retreating as the ball is snapped, is the most common man coverage for the Browns. Even in their zone coverage, the Browns look to usually play top-down, reducing the big play with their secondary players while allowing their second-level players to play more aggressive. Denzel Ward is having a good rookie campaign, proving to be a playmaker. However, he can be beaten for big plays, given the risks, and the second and third cornerbacks for Cleveland haven’t been anything more than adequate most of the year. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesEveryone knows about Myles Garrett and his freakish athletic ability and how much of a terror he’s been as a pass rusher, but the lesser known Larry Ogunjobi is almost as important to their defense. His ability to penetrate and rush the passer on the interior is huge and their pass rush goes even beyond just those two. Mahomes Allen Bailey Color Rush Jersey , when asked about Garrett praised his ability first then had this to say:Run defenseThe Browns’ defense has struggled this year with their run fits and not over-pursuing runs that are designed to offer to back side cuts. Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey are very talented linebackers that can cover a ton of space on the second level and Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah do a good job of holding the edge against the run. Their issues against the run aren’t for a lack of talent but rather playing a bit too fast and struggling to fit the right run gaps. How the Chiefs winBasic gameplanWhen dropping back to pass, the Chiefs will have to correctly identify what coverage the Browns are in but have to have combinations called to beat Tampa-2. A lot of the Chiefs’ damage through the air against the Browns should come in the intermediate soft spots of the zone and underneath, but they should also dial up some shot plays off of play-action. The biggest key for the Chiefs is going to be handling the pressure packages of the Browns and how they go about beating those looks. The Chiefs have to get their protections correct to pick up these blitzes or accurately identify hot routes and get the ball out of Mahomes’ hands quickly to the open receiver. When the Chiefs hit up the ground game, they should emphasize the misdirection game using counters, traps and wide receivers in the run game. As an extension of the run game, the Chiefs’ use of the shovel pass and various screens should help open up the downfield passing attack. Using the aggression of the Browns defense against them will be paramount in the run game. Misdirection and the run The Chiefs have been good at finding success with outside runs the last few weeks and their multiple-runs scheme has provided them a good base to catch defenses unsuspecting. Against the Browns they may be able to find some success on the ground but the team speed and talent on the Browns defense is pretty good and given such the Chiefs should use misdirection in their run game.This long-trap run by the Los Angeles Chargers goes for a good chunk without the running back being asked to make anyone miss or anything over the top. Instead, the counter footwork by the running back gets all three linebackers to either freeze or start flowing the wrong direction. The right tackle leaves what appears to be his man on the backside of the run unblocked, allowing him to climb quickly to the second level and reach a linebacker reaction late to the running back. The fullback comes across the formation and wham-blocks the unblocked defensive end, kicking him outside and opens up a hole. The pursuit is late because of the misdirection and the Chargers offensive line have easily reached the second level defenders. The Chiefs should use Long Trap, Counter, and Counter Trey to take advantage of the fast-flowing run defense. Time to hit the postMahomes has been fantastic this year, throwing short, throwing long, under pressure, in a clean pocket, etc. One thing the Chiefs have yet to connect on is the deep post. The Browns will run a lot of Tampa-2, which attempts to help that middle-of-the-field hole that the Chiefs destroyed against the Pittsburgh Steelers Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Jersey , but dialing up some deep, middle-of-the-field shot-plays off play-action should find some success.Off the play-action, the offense has a deep dig to hold the weak-side (of the passing formation) safety while on the strong side, the wide receiver runs a deep post. Due to the run action, the hole-defending linebacker bites up, then has to recover 40 yards downfield to get underneath the post. The combination of the deep post and play-action just created too much open space for the offense to exploit. Whether deep posts like this, vertical concepts stretching both seams, as well as the numbers or Bang-8s (skinny posts) these middle of the field vertical routes are going to be an option if the play is designed well.