Chiefs news for 20 June 2019
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Joe Greene, who is the face of the Steel Curtain defense and one of just two Steelers to have his number retired, told the Talk of Fame Network recently that his defense was heavily influenced by the unit the Chiefs rode to their lone Super Bowl win years before.
“That was the first great defense,” Greene told Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame Network. “We tried to emulate the Chiefs. We ran the KC Stack my first three years. Several other teams tried to run it as well. That was the defense we were playing (in the 1972 AFC title game, a 21-17 loss) when the Dolphins went undefeated. I was playing over the tackle instead of over the guard. Obviously, we didn’t play it as well as Kansas City did. We got better when we played the stunt 4-3.”
In the clip, the Chiefs’ Kendall Fuller, who was flagged for the penalty, was clearly upset with the official’s call and his teammates were saying Williams should have been penalized.
That would have given the Chargers the ball at the 10 again having to make a third-and-goal play with 8 seconds left. They could have scored a touchdown, but it’s hard to argue that it wouldn’t have been a much more difficult chore.
Moving forward, it seems as if Wylie was not simply a super sub who stepped in at the right time. According to Duvernay-Tardif’s revealing answers last week, the Chiefs are currently running with a front line of Eric Fisher, Wylie, Austin Reiter, LDT, and Mitchell Schwartz as the starting five. That means Wylie has supplanted Cameron Erving as the team’s starting left guard.
It also means the Chiefs have a new name as the cheapest starter along the offensive line. Wylie is set to make $570K this coming year, and as an exclusive rights free agent, Wylie can only negotiate with the Chiefs for the 2020 season as well. Players in this position typically get offered the veteran minimums for their third year, as established by the league’s collectiv
There will surely be a long line of defensive players in addition to Greenlaw waiting to get a crack at Mahomes this season after the numbers he put up in 2018 as a first-year starter (5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, 12 interceptions). Mahomes will have defenses on a weekly basis looking to find a way to solve the riddles he presents, and he’ll face a challenge in being prepared for each one.
“He’ll handle that the right way,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the NFL Network in March. “Not everybody does that. Not everybody handles that second year. The thing that he understands is that every coach in this league knows who you are and they’ve got an eye on you and there’s some pretty smart coaches in this league that are going to sit there and study you and say, ‘I’ve got the answer right here. I’ve got the answer to slow Pat Mahomes down.’”
The new field will be complete this fall just in time for Lincoln College Prep’s homecoming and Chiefs Legends Weekend, which will invite the greatest players in franchise history – many of whom played at Municipal Stadium – back to Kansas City.
“What we always try to say to the community is that we’re all a part of this. As an organization, – from [Founder Lamar Hunt] early on – he made it imperative that we give back to this community,” said Chiefs President Mark Donovan. “To give back in a way that provides an opportunity for more kids to play our game is really impactful, and to tie that into a weekend where we celebrate the greatest of the greatest in Chiefs’ history and to do it on the site of Municipal Stadium, it just all ties together so well.”
Between the two teams combining for 105 points on top of the five total touchdowns scored in the fourth quarter alone, this Week 11 meeting was arguably the most exciting performance ever on the Monday Night Football stage.
Leading up to the game, football fans knew they would be in for a treat with two of the most explosive offenses in the NFL led by Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes, but no one ever could have imagined this contest to finish the way it did.
While Goff finished with five touchdowns (one rushing) to go along with 413 passing yards, Mahomes put on quite the show as well after tossing six touchdown passes on top of 478 passing yards.
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