Morning Huddle – Coaches, Contracts and Championships

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Your Chiefs News for February 9, 2019

Who duffug left me in charge of this thing? Lets see what kinda trouble we can get in together, eh folks? On with the news!!!

Two with Spagnuolo connections could soon be added to Chiefs’ defensive coaching staff | Kansas City Star

Two weeks after Chiefs coach Andy Reid named Steve Spagnuolo to replace Bob Sutton in the defensive coordinator’s role, reports have surfaced about other coaching changes on the horizon. Citing unnamed sources, ESPN’s Field Yates on Thursday reported that David Merritt, who coached the defensive backs for the Arizona Cardinals last season, will be hired by the Chiefs. Yates reported Friday that Matt House, the University of Kentucky’s defensive coordinator, will join Reid’s staff, too. Both have connections to Spagnuolo.

Chiefs consider contracts of Ford, Houston, Berry, Hill, Jones: Who stays, who goes? | Kansas City Star

Player contract time is arriving for the Chiefs. What makes this offseason different is the number of star players whose deals are likely to be extended or re-worked in an effort to maintain the foundation of a team that was one game away from playing in the Super Bowl. The future of players like outside linebackers Dee Ford and Justin Houston, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and defensive lineman Chris Jones was the primary topic for Chiefs general manager Brett Veach, who spoke to reporters on Thursday for the first time since the end of the season.

Chiefs aim to keep Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones ‘for a long time’ | 247 Sports

Hill and Jones were among many topics Veach addressed during a teleconference with Chiefs beat reporters, as well as during a radio interview with Soren Petro of Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City. Veach made it clear it was in the team’s best interest to keep Hill and Jones in Kansas City on long-term deals, solidifying them as core pieces for years to come. 

Chiefs GM ‘excited about bringing’ Dee Ford back in ’19 | NFL

Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Dee Ford is scheduled to hit free agency next month, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be packing up his home. Chiefs GM Brett Veach spoke of Ford on Thursday as if it’s a foregone conclusion the linebacker will return in 2019. “Obviously, Dee’s a player that had done so much for us, in particular, last year, that we’re excited about bringing him back,” Veach said, via Arrowhead Guys.

Editor’s Note: Sure I changed it to reflect what it should have said. But we had the Veach interview posted before anyone else. Just sayin’.

Six writers project Chiefs to win two of next five Super Bowls | 247 Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t won a Super Bowl in almost 50 years, but a handful of Sports Illustrated/MMQB analysts think that will change in the near future — twice. MMQB ran a feature Friday where ten staff members came together to predict the winners of the next five Super Bowls. The Chiefs were picked by eight of them to win a Super Bowl in the next five years, while six of them (Mitch Goldich, Gary Gramling, Jonathan Jones, Kalyn Kahler, Tim Rohan, Jenny Vrentas) picked the Chiefs to win two of the next five. 

Multiple Super Bowl titles? National NFL writers are bullish about Chiefs’ future | Kansas City Star

But the good news is the future is bright for the Chiefs, who have the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a young group of talented skill players around him. Las Vegas is bullish on the Chiefs’ chances in 2019. Many national NFL observers also believe the future is bright for the Chiefs. How bright? Ten Sports Illustrated writers predicted the next five Super Bowl winners, and eight of them saw the Chiefs winning the big game. In fact, six writers predicted the Chiefs would win two Super Bowls.

Pro Football Focus Names Seven Chiefs in the Annual “PFF Top 101” Rankings | Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs put together one of the best seasons in franchise history in 2018, and unsurprisingly, it landed seven players in Pro Football Focus’ annual “Top 101” rankings, which singles out the top performers from the year. In fact, the Chiefs had six players named in the top 40. Here’s a look at who made the list.

Mock Draft Roundup 1.0: Who Do the Experts Have the Chiefs Drafting? |Chiefs

Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel goes through five of the latest mock drafts from around the internet to let you know which players are currently being mocked to the Chiefs with the No. 29 overall pick

Returning to Kansas City Chiefs is best outcome for Kareem Hunt | Arrowhead Addict

While other teams were flirting publicly with the idea of potentially signing the former Chiefs running back or at least talking about him in terms of a potential transaction (e.g. the Jets reportedly said no), officials in K.C. were focused solely on his personal well-being. Even more, according to an initial report from Nate Taylor of The Athletic, being a resource was the only role the Chiefs could play after they released him. Note the following from Taylor shortly after Hunt’s release in early December:

Editor’s Note: Again, Arrowhead Guys was the first to state the Chiefs should bring Kareem Hunt back after the Brett Veach interview. I’m not bitter, you’re bitter.

Ten Chiefs storylines to watch in the next 30 days | 247 Sports

There’s no football for fans to watch over the next 30 days (other than the first season of the Alliance of American Football, of course), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be much to talk about when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs. There won’t be a barrage of news like there is during the regular season, but there could be some important developments to come up every now and then over the next month. Some of it will be free agency-related, while there could also be news about whether certain players stay or go. There could also be some light shed on what the Chiefs will look like on defense next season. And, of course, there will be plenty to talk about once the NFL Scouting Combine arrives late in the month. Here’s a look at some of the Chiefs-related stories that could be in the conversation between now and early March. 

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