Morning Huddle – Derrick Johnson signs one-day contract, retires with Kansas City

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The franchise leader in tackles has retired a Chief. Derrick Johnson also mentored Gary Johnson, an UDFA, who hopes to fill the spot #56 will leave behind.

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Chiefs hope this rookie linebacker from Texas is as good as the last Johnson they had | The Kansas City Star

Also, Johnson knows this team, or at least the Chiefs teams that included one of his favorite players, fellow Longhorns product and former inside KC linebacker Derrick Johnson (no relation). As Gary Johnson prepared for his pro future, he leaned on Derrick Johnson, the Chiefs’ career tackles leader who last week signed a one-day contract to retire with his original team. Their position and college connect the Johnsons.

“We talked once or twice a week,” Gary Johnson said. “That’s my mentor, my favorite linebacker ever.” Derrick Johnson’s advice upon learning Gary would be headed to Kansas City was to arrive with a free mind and determined work ethic, and the Chiefs newcomer relished having an advocate.

“Not many guys have a chance to talk to someone like Derrick,” Gary Johnson said. “I soaked in as much as I could.”

Chiefs’ players in a contract year during the 2019 season | Chiefs Wire

The contract year typically means that NFL players will attempt to elevate their game to maximize their value as a free agent. The Chiefs have several players who will play during their contract  year in the 2019 season. Which of those players will step up in the biggest way and earn a big extension in Kansas City or elsewhere?

Derrick Johnson signs one-day contract, retires with Kansas City | 247 Sports

“We have signed Derrick Johnson to a one-year contract,” tweeted the official Twitter account of the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday. “The franchise leader in tackles will retire as a Chief. Congratulations, Derrick Johnson!”

“It’s official now, the new chapter begins,” 
Johnson said on his personal Twitter page. “I can’t thank the Chiefs’ organization enough for rolling out the red carpet for my retirement. God has really been good to me over the years, to say the least. Thanks to the coaches, players and Chiefs fans for an amazing dream come true.”

A four-time Pro Bowler, Johnson started his professional playing career in the NFL when the Chiefs drafted him with their No. 15 overall pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Player Draft. Johnson followed it up by playing 13 seasons in Kansas City where he became the organization’s leader in tackles in franchise history with a career-total of 1,151 tackles in his 169 career-starts and 182 career games while playing for the Chiefs.

Free agent possibilities for Chiefs following compensatory pick deadline | Chiefs Wire

LB Jamie Collins

Collins would be the most impactful signing for the Chiefs to make in the coming days of free agency. The Browns have gotten the bottom of the barrel effort out of Collins, but if you go back and look at his tape with the Patriots, he looks like an entirely different player. Going to an organization with less dysfunction, and a familiar coach in Brendan Daly could be the boost he needs.

Collins has some versatility to his game and has played all three linebacker spots in a 4-3 defense. I think that he’d probably be utilized best as a strong side linebacker for the Chiefs, but having the ability to play in multiple spots is huge for depth purposes. In 16 games during 2018, Collins had 104 total tackles, four sacks and one interception.

Right now the Chiefs linebacker group doesn’t look great on paper. They’re likely hoping that better coaching can get some better play out of what is mostly the same group of guys. Adding Collins to the mix would at least allow fans to feel a little better about the group as a whole.

Early thoughts on which Chiefs undrafted rookies make the roster | 247 Sports

Linebacker – Gary Johnson (Texas), Darius Harris (Middle Tennessee): 

The linebacker position is one where the Chiefs have room for an undrafted rookie to grab a spot, unless they add someone else in free agency. Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, and Dorian O’Daniel are safe bets to make the roster. Some feel Reggie Ragland may not be a good fit for Steve Spagnuolo’s system, but he’ll get the chance to prove it. With other depth options being Ben Niemann, Ray Davison and Jeremiah Attaochu, there could be at least one spot for the taking. Both of these prospects have the ability to make a run at that spot, although Harris’s chances aren’t as certain due to a shoulder injury. 

Way-too-early prediction: Whoever has the best preseason makes the cut, with the other going on the practice squad. 

The Biggest Question for Every NFL Team After the 2019 Draft | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: Will Kansas City’s Awful Defense Doom the Team Again?

The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t lose the AFC Championship Game because the NFL’s overtime rules aren’t fair. They lost to the Patriots because the team’s defense was a dumpster fire.

There have been numerous changes to that defense in the offseason. There’s a new scheme and coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo’s 4-3. There have been numerous personnel additions, including edge-rusher Frank Clark, safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Bashaud Breeland and rookie safety Juan Thornhill.

There have been losses as well, though. Longtime defensive stalwart Justin Houston is in Indianapolis now. Dee Ford’s in San Francisco. Steven Nelson’s in Pittsburgh. And Eric Berry is just…gone.

The Chiefs are a different defensive team, but that doesn’t mean they are a better defensive team. And unless they are, the hot mess that is the Tyreek Hill situation could be the least of Kansas City’s problems.

Kansas City Chiefs sit atop ESPN power rankings | 247 Sports

The list in question is from ESPN, who published their latest power rankings Wednesday. ESPN determined their rankings using a method “composed of a predicted offensive, defensive and special teams efficiency, as measured by expected points added per play.” The Chiefs came out on top with a projected win total of 10.3 and an 80.3 percent chance of making the postseason, due in part to the youth movement the team has gone through on defense. 

“The major defensive acquisitions (safety Tyrann Mathieu and end Frank Clark) are 26 and 25, respectively,” wrote Adam Teicher of ESPN. “Similarly, the Chiefs’ other significant defensive additions should have their best football ahead. That should help resuscitate a unit that had relied on older players such as Eric Berry and Justin Houston, both 30 and recently released by Kansas City.”

NFL players to root for in ’19: Odell Beckham, Kyler Murray excite | NFL.com

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: Dustin Colquitt, P. I mean, if you’re the punter for the Chiefs, you’re going to be as lonely as I was most Friday and Saturday nights in high school. But in my defense, I got really good at Mario Kart. And Colquitt at least gets to hold on field goals and extra points, so he’s making a contribution.

Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Solution to NFL’s Tyreek Hill Problem Is Clear | Bleacher Report

2. A simple plan for handling Hill

1. Suspend Hill for six games next season. It can be easily justified, and the Elliott case offers a road map. He was suspended for six games despite a 
remarkably flawed NFL investigation, but the courts still upheld the suspension because the league’s CBA gives Goodell unprecedented power.

2. Don’t sweat the appeal. Hill likely would push back against any suspension. So what? Brady and Elliott both did, and look where it got them.

3. Rely on the evidence. The audio itself warrants a suspension.

Not for the possible abuse of Hill’s son, which Hill rebuts in the recording. I’m dealing strictly with the domestic violence aspect and clear threat everyone can hear. That alone should be enough to suspend Hill.

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ArrowFan
ArrowFan

I honestly cannot see a reason why Reek should be suspended from team activities anymore or why the NFL should suspend him either. All I have seen are some local media people who never liked him from the start and they have been tracking his every move and paying people close to him for dirt. They thought they had finally found a smoking gun and so they gave it their best shot to get rid of him. The national media then gave it crazy traction and creating a circus. There is no doubt that He will play again as a Chief this season. Any suspensions handed down by the NFL will be appealed immediately.

Berserker
Berserker

Man, that’s a lot of contract years that are happening. Chris Jones and Hill, well, they’ve already been playing high level. But there’s some key players in there who have some motivation to step things up this year, and maybe the ability to do it – Fuller, Robinson, Breeland, Ogbah, X. Williams, Lucas…. hell, maybe even Ragland, if our new coaches can figure a Hightower-like role for him where his lack of speed isn’t such a big deal.

Lots of potential for pleasant surprises this year, especially on defense.

Also, lots of work ahead for Veach.

starry1
starry1

WTF? Why is Tom Brady in our feed?

Leaf
Leaf

Because he’s still here.

Anthony Stratton

Because someone in our feed RT’d him? Those jerks…

starry1
starry1

Ugh. I’m gonna fight somebody.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Who’da thought Teicher would all of a sudden become this big chiefs homer?

Team Player
Team Player

For non-football season, there been some real good sports viewing lately

Straybrit
Straybrit

Helluva game yesterday Sporting. See you in Madrid. Gonna be a good one.

severn58
severn58

CL is absolutely drunk as fuck this year, GD glorious!

Daniel Harms

Thank you all for tuning in last night! It was tons of fun and I look forward to going back on with them!

Tyrone
Tyrone

You came off as very, very knowledge. Well done!

JustaChiefsFan
JustaChiefsFan

Excellent work! Looking forward to more!

CornMan
CornMan

In a brief search, I’ve not found a link – can you pls throw one in?

Anthony Stratton

Happy Thursday AG

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed

Cody Thompson would be a good addition to the offense. Mahomes hasn’t had a guy he can count on to catch it every time like Cody.

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Supposedly that’s Dieter, but I haven’t seen it yet. I think it’s his spot that Thompson takes.

Kemp v/s the UDFA young guns (Custis, Davis) will be a sight — both those kids have good, hardworking resumes & some genuine athletic skill but bring some injury or rawness to the table. Kemp’s busted his ass since he’s shown up. Should be good competition…

I think Pringle and Coates are fighting for the same job (tall deep ball threat); I think Pringle gets it.

DRob’s gonna have a good year IMO. He’ll grab Conley’s spot but give us greater production.

Anthony Stratton

WR will be the most exciting camp battle

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

I want to see how the LB’s and corners look.

I think our three are set (Breeland/Fuller/Ward), but I’m not down or up on ANY of the other backups – there’s even room for Herb Miller III out there, if he shows athleticism and coachability.

LB has lots of questions but few answers. Is Hitchens DOA, just like 2018 – or will he look like an NFL player, like 2017/16/15/14? Does Ragland have a chance in hell of playing Mike or Sam, or even being on the roster? Are Jerry Attaochu’s knee/ankle issues behind him finally, or is his career over? Is Ray Ray Davison going to get a shot at any of the three positions, or are we just gonna sit on him like we did in ’18?

Both of the UDFA linebackers could make this team – one as a Sam, the other as a Will. This is especially true if Davison proves able to play in the middle (or outside, his measureables suggest he could play any of the three).

DOD – has he added a little muscle? If so, he could start – Spags has run undersized Willies before (Jon Casillas with the NYG, 2016 and ’17).

Berserker
Berserker

Dline should be dramatic, too. And RB, for the same reason – really good depth all the way down. No matter who gets cut, it will be somebody who has already shown good potential or ability. Gonna be dogfights and heartbreak at those positions.

Tyrone
Tyrone

Drob has all the ‘intangibles’ that Conley didn’t have. I’m pretty excited to see him in a bigger role.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

The prodigal sons come home. Perfect 🙂

Anthony Stratton

And he’s bringing a young gun to town with him!

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Did some digging, GJ tests out almost identically to Malcom Smith, who has made a nice career for himself as a WILL in those Seattle style Cover-3 defenses. Little less explosive (broad jump) & needs to add some strength (bench), but other than that looks just like lil’ Malcom.

I like it. Low cost buy, high enthusiasm/effort player, good athlete with the chance to become better.

Wonder if DJ considers Reid’s offer to help with the coaching staff. You know, with a young, un-related Longhorn looking to fill his shoes and all…

Anthony Stratton

DOD replacement…

/logs off

Tyrone
Tyrone

Team Player
Team Player

If he is better than DoD, Tony’s imagination can’t handle it. Good job avoiding the embolism

Anthony Stratton

LOL nah, no clue. Just noting that they both look like WILL’s (along with Neimann). So basically all the “fan-fave’s” are competing for the same spot.

Berserker
Berserker

I wouldn’t totally disregard Davison, either. He was already making plays on 2nd/3rd team in camp last year. Looked too small to play in a 3-4, but he might have a place as a 4-3 WLB.

Team Player
Team Player

Have you considered the idea of Will-Mike-Will?

Berserker
Berserker

What does NE do? I see Hightower and Van Noy out there all the time, ruining life, but I honestly don’t know how they typically line up.

Berserker
Berserker

Actually….that will probably be about what nickel looks like. Like, Safety-Mike-Will, which is basically the same thing.

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Lololol