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Sat, 28 Sep 2013 06:27:31 -0700
The Detroit Lions will not overuse press coverage against Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall. "You have to change up," defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "Whether you're in coverage or the technique you're using, if you don't roll, you don't change, they'll get you."
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 18:47:08 -0800
The Detroit Lions severed ties with a handful of assistant coaches, but everyone else on head coach Jim Schwartz's staff appears to be safe. That means offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham have retained their jobs.
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:22:09 -0800
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he doesn't plan to play any young backups in the final three weeks to get them ready for potential roles next year. "I'd like all those guys to play, but it's about winning," Cunningham said. "It doesn't matter what your record is, you have to go out there every game. It's called professional football for a reason. I've never done that, I don't like doing it." Starting OLB's Justin Durant and DeAndre Levy and top backup Ashlee Palmer will be unrestricted free agents after the season.
Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:14:12 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said the team has re-signed offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.
Thu, 12 Jan 2012 10:05:14 -0800
Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman will return next season.
Tue, 10 Jan 2012 05:16:09 -0800
Detroit Lions head coach Gunther Cunningham said he expects to retain defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham in 2012.
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:24:09 -0800
Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he will come on the field and confront Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams should he throw an illegal crackback block in Week 16, according to Carlos Monarrez and Dave Birkett, of the Detroit Free Press. All I can say to Ricky Williams - I want him to know this - if he hits one of our DBs in the back on a crack block, then I'm coming on the field," Cunningham said. "I mean, he's had a couple of knockouts, but they've been nonlegal. I'll just put it as that." Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was told about Cunningham's comments and was asked whether he has gotten complaints from other teams about Williams making crackback blocks. "No ... I don't know what you're talking about," Sparano said. Lions coaches have told their defensive backs to watch for crackback blocks.
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:13:01 -0700
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will no longer call games from the press box like he did last season. Cunningham said, "I need to get closer to those players. I'm taking over the middle linebacker and the communication with him. I'm going to come to the sideline, call the game from there so I can be down with them."
Sun, 14 Feb 2010 17:27:01 -0800
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports the Detroit Lions might look to pick some players the Kansas City Chiefs release this offseason. Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said late last season, "They keep wanting to dump players. I would like to be there to catch a lot of them, because I know a couple of those guys." The Chiefs may look to dump some players because they don't fit the new defensive system the team introduced.
Wed, 22 Jul 2009 06:58:14 -0700
Tom Kowalski, of Mlive.com, reports the Detroit Lions will use the 4-3 defense as their base alignment this season. However, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham could draw up a variety of alignments as he is expected to feature an aggressive defense.
Sat, 11 Jul 2009 07:15:01 -0700
Chrissie Wywrot, of DetroitLions.com, reports Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said the team's defense will blitz consistently all season long. Cunningham says a blitzing defense will keep opposing quarterbacks guessing, which is a key to success. "One of the things I've always believed in is high blitz," Cunningham said. "Up to 40 percent in a game, which is off the charts for most people – but that's what I believe in. I think you have to keep the quarterback nervous all the time."
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 09:12:05 -0700
Chrissie Wywrot, of DetroitLions.com, reports Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said his philosophy with the defensive is to blitz as much as 40 percent of the time during games. "One of the things I've always believed in is high blitz," said Cunningham. "Up to 40-percent in a game, which is off the charts for most people – but that's what I believe in. I think you have to keep the quarterback nervous all the time."
Mon, 11 May 2009 06:33:06 -0700
Carlos Monarrez, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has been impressed with FS Louis Delmas thus far, comparing him to former Kansas City Chiefs CB Dale Carter. "Dale Carter was kind of wiry, long and looked like he was out of control sometimes, and then he'd have the ball," Cunningham said. "When I look at Delmas now, I go, 'My God, it is like I got younger and there is Dale in front of me again.' ... We don't want to anoint the guy at all. But he came on the practice field like I believe you should come on the practice field."
Tue, 27 Mar 2007 07:10:09 -0700
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports the Kansas City Chiefs may use LB Kendrell Bell as a defensive end. "I've played with some smaller defensive ends," defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said. "We've kicked the thing around about using him as a standup defensive end some on first and second downs, and then as a pass rusher on third down."
Mon, 08 Jan 2007 12:40:38 -0800
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards says he would like to retain defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham next season.
Thu, 23 Feb 2006 06:15:33 -0800
Elizabeth Merrill, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he wants to move back to his traditional perch in the press box, after spending the 2005 season on the sidelines. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm opting to go up there where I belong," Cunningham said Wednesday, Feb. 22. "Most of my life has been up there, and I see so much better."
Thu, 19 Jan 2006 15:31:29 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will remain with the team, according to new head coach Herman Edwards.
Wed, 11 Jan 2006 18:38:02 -0800
The Associated Press reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards told the Kansas City Star he will retain defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham as part of his staff. Chiefs' spokesman Bob Moore said he couldn't comment because there has been no official announcement from the team.
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 15:21:12 -0800
The Associated Press reports Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has been fined $5,000 by the NFL for an obscene gesture he made during the team's Week 14 game. A team spokesman said Cunningham would have nothing to say on the matter, but head coach Dick Vermeil said the two had discussed it. "But not in any serious discussion," Vermeil said. "He made a mistake, and that happens."
Tue, 02 Aug 2005 22:45:37 -0700
KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil has seen a steady improvement with the team's defense since training camp got underway. "The defense is getting better; it was very disruptive to everything the offense wanted to do," Vermeil said. "They've got to experience some success. When your defense is continually confronted with one of the best offenses in football sometimes it takes a while to be disruptive. Today they were disruptive." Defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has emphasized "wrapping up" in practice and his players are complying.
Mon, 01 Aug 2005 22:16:43 -0700
KCChiefs.com reports Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham says developing chemistry within the defense is one of his top priorities during training camp. "To me that is the most critical thing we have to do, we have to change the culture of the defense, the attitude we bring on the table and the brotherhood," Cunningham said.
Wed, 22 Jun 2005 20:35:07 -0700
Bob Gretz, of KCChiefs.com, reports Kansas City Chiefs DE Jared Allen began the offseason in defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham's doghouse, but has helped his cause by playing well of late. "It's tough sometimes for you guys to understand that what they did last year isn't going to be good enough this year," Cunningham said. "We had a few heart to heart talks and he's come to understand that. He's really gotten better over the last half of the OTAs."
Fri, 13 May 2005 07:44:04 -0700
Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has decided to move from his traditional perch up in the press box to the sideline, where he can inject his in-your-face style frequently. "That's the most important thing, without a doubt, to be able to look them in the eye and be able to get a better feel," said Cunningham, the Chiefs' defensive coordinator. "It's a lot easier to know where they are (emotionally). Being upstairs, you're removed and you can't feel your guys well enough." Head coach Dick Vermeil prefers his coordinators be upstairs in the press box, but he is willing to go along with Cunningham's plan on what he called an experimental basis. The two will try Cunningham's plan during preseason games to see how it goes.
Mon, 02 May 2005 23:09:25 -0700
Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he plans on coming out of the coaching box and will coordinate the defense on game day from the sidelines this season, reports Bob Gretz of KCChiefs.com. Cunningham said he wants to be among the players during the game, where he might be able to provide a bit of motivation.
Tue, 07 Dec 2004 19:48:20 -0800
Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham said he has seen some progress with the defense in recent weeks, although the unit continues to have its setbacks, reports KCChiefs.com. "We're making progress in areas," Cunningham said. "What's happened here is we make progress in one area and fall back in another. Their (previous) style of play was so different from what I believe in. The players are buying into the thing philosophically, but we make mistakes from time to time. Every day it gets a little bit better and we've just got to keep hammering away at it."
Mon, 07 Jun 2004 20:39:12 -0700
Bob Gretz, of KCChiefs.com, reports Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham wants his unit to be the aggressors who attack blockers, gaps, and, most importantly, opposing quarterbacks, with the intent on forcing adjustments by the offense immediately after the snap.
Tue, 20 Jan 2004 09:36:28 -0800
Updating previous reports, the Kansas City Star has learned that Gunther Cunningham will be officially introduced as the Kansas City Chiefs' new defensive coordinator on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Cunningham compiled a 16-16 record as Chiefs head coach during 1999-2000. Before that, he spent four seasons as defensive coordinator under Marty Schottenheimer. Cunningham was the linebackers coach for the Tennessee Titans since being fired by the Chiefs.
Sun, 18 Jan 2004 07:33:46 -0800
John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a two-year contract with Gunther Cunningham to become their new defensive coordinator. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cunningham, who had been the team's head coach in 1999, spent the 2003 season with the Tennessee Titans as their linebackers coach.
Sat, 17 Jan 2004 00:23:08 -0800
Updating previous reports, Adam Teicher, of the Kansas City Star, reports Kansas City Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil will travel to Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 17, to meet with Gunther Cunningham about the team's vacant defensive coordinator position. Cunningham was the defensive coordinator for the Chiefs from 1995 through 1998, and then served as the team's head coach the next two seasons.
Fri, 16 Jan 2004 10:58:32 -0800
The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt reports the Kansas City Chiefs will meet with Tennessee Titans assistant coach Gunther Cunningham in the next few days about the opening at defensive coordinator.
Thu, 15 Jan 2004 19:28:49 -0800
NewYorkJets.com reports Tennessee Titans linebacker coach Gunther Cunningham interviewed for the New York Jets vacant defensive coordinator position on Wednesday, Jan. 14. Jets head coach Herman Edwards said he would like to make a decision on the position before February.