Chiefs news for 13 July 2019
Look. I’ll just say it. I won’t be linking articles to the KC Star until such time that they can actually admit they have crossed a line (or the offending reporters leave) and they should be held accountable. They aren’t giving you news, they’re giving you their agenda. That is unfair to us, the readers, and certainly those that are involved in the stories being covered. This isn’t me screaming “Free Tyreek!” because even after 610 released the audio, WE have no idea what is truth and what isn’t. But to frame things to paint a certain picture in your mind is disrespectful. To double or triple down on your initial statements and even insult the intelligence of your readers is appalling.
I mentioned in a Huddle the past few weeks that the only paywall I subscribe to is The Athletic. Hear me out, this isn’t me pushing you to sign up for it – if you don’t want to pay for it, that’s fine. I’ll still include snippets from their articles here when they drop. But I mention it because of the quality reporters that they have. Each week, they will do a Q&A with fans and this week I decided to ask a question about if Hill was feeling ran out of town by the media. I could’ve never expected the response that I received from Nate Taylor. By all accounts, Nate is the absolute last person that needs to be apologizing for the way the media has been acting. He has been genuine and fair in his reporting. But to top things off, he even tweeted out my question to be held accountable by the Twitter masses:
This is the type of reporters that we deserve and we are lucky to have Nate covering the Chiefs. I hope that the situation can come to some kind of resolution and we can get back to focusing on football. But you guys know me, I like to be upfront and honest with you so I felt that I needed to share this decision with you. As always, I welcome any feedback and will always strive to make your Morning Huddle the best possible place for you to get your Chiefs news.
The question to answer: is the Kansas City Star showing agenda and bias in their coverage of Tyreek Hill and his legal situation? Furthermore, if they are, how should they be held accountable?
In essentially every article published by The Star on this situation this year, Hill is painted as a monster. At every opportune moment, The Star makes sure to ‘namedrop’ his 2014 incident, describing it in graphic detail, seemingly reminding any forgetful readers that a man who had said incident expunged from his record and lived a relatively incident-free life since could strike again at any moment.
In their first chat this spring, Saunders asked [Jack] Fox [Punter, Rice] to do him a favor. He wanted Fox to help tell the Chiefs’ coaching staff that he can still run the ball.
Fox did his best during the team’s offseason practices this summer, even though the specialists usually do their work on a separate field from the rest of the team. Fox explained to Dave Toub, the Chiefs’ special-teams guru, that Saunders could be a surprise option on a fake punt or fake field goal. Fox also shared stories of Saunders’ legendary exploits in high school — the moments when he stiff-armed a defender, hurdled another defender and then ran over another defender in the same play — with kicker Harrison Butker, long-snapper James Winchester and punter Dustin Colquitt.
This extension saves the Chiefs just under $2 million in cap space in 2019 and essentially pushes it down the road into 2020. The Chiefs can still get out of the contract with Schwartz in 2021 if his play declines. I wouldn’t expect that to happen, because the guy has been consistent and an iron man throughout his career. The Chiefs would save $6.25 million with a trade or release in 2021 and only lose the $3.75 signing bonus to dead cap.
Schwartz is still outside of the top 10 in terms of contract value at the right tackle position. The Chiefs managed to reward one of their most solid contributors on offense without breaking the bank to do so. In fact, they managed to save a little cap money right now, which could help them front load a contract extension for Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones, Kendall Fuller or another player on an expiring deal.
Still not wanting to give up, Hunt joined up with a few of the other interested investors and made an offer to the NFL. They wanted to start an expansion franchise. The league turned them down, and Hunt’s continued efforts to own an NFL team came up fruitless once again.
After the last attempt, he sat onboard a flight back to Dallas, feeling disappointed and discouraged. He asked the flight attendant for some stationary. On that piece of paper, yes the one that caught my attention, he wrote down a business plan. The plan was to start a league of his own.
All of the star power on the Chiefs really influenced and taught Shields how to be great. Just like Patrick Mahomes learned all these skills about being a professional and preparing from Alex Smith, Shields did the same from the great players he was surrounded with.
“It really helped out to say that you had those great guys behind you,” Shields said. “But what was even better was what they taught you off the field. They taught you how to study the game, look at film. So Marcus would sit down with us and go through game film. And he would ask you, ‘What can you do with that guy? What can you do with this guy?’ So he could actually see what you saw. That’s why we used to call him ‘Cutty.’ He knew his cuts before he got there because he’d already discussed it with you. He already set a game plan. And so he taught you those things, and so then you’d learn how to play the game from internal and external just by what they did.”
If there weren’t video evidence of the football on the ground, it could be easily believed that Patrick Mahomes’ latest throw was still traveling along Interstate 70.
Kansas City’s 41 Action News shared video Friday of the third-year Kansas City Chiefs quarterback zipping a football from the field at Arrowhead Stadium over the upper deck and onto a concourse.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes may be the cover athlete for “Madden NFL 20,” but he isn’t joining the club reserved for players with a flawless 99 overall rating.
The four players in this seasons “99 club” are Rams DT Aaron Donald, Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner, Bears DE Khalil Mack and Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins — three defenders from the NFC and one offensive player from the AFC.
Showered with praise and labeled a “full-time starter” by Andy Reid, running back Damien Williams (26.7 ADP, RB13) is about to hop on an ADP rocket ship. Should prospective investors BELIEVE or DON’T BELIEVE the hype?
Andy: Oh, hell yeah. BELIEVE. Very, very BELIEVE. The believest. It’s almost too bad KC coaches had to come right out and declare him the top option in the backfield because he might have otherwise been a terrific fantasy bargain. Williams led me (and thousands of you) to multiple fantasy titles last season. He was a monster. The dude scored six touchdowns over the season’s final four weeks, then another four in a pair of playoff games. He was the waiver add of the year, without question.
Reid’s history strongly suggests his team will feature a dominant runner, and Williams has given him no reason to look elsewhere. The Chiefs’ non-pursuit of a serious challenger during the offseason tells you everything you need to know. Even if you’re not a complete believer in Williams’ talents (despite the 5.1 YPC), you should desperately want shares of KC’s offense. Williams is a solid second-round fantasy asset.
The structure of this deal works out nicely for the Chiefs. Each consecutive season sees the dead cap number go down, with 2024 culminating in a season where the Chiefs can get out of the contract. In 2024 there is no dead money attached to the deal and the Chiefs can walk away with $3.84 million in cap savings. If Butker’s play starts to decline at any point 2021, the Chiefs could move on from Butker with minimal dead money.
Butker’s deal has the top dollar amount in the NFL over the course of the contract, but he doesn’t enter the top 10 in the league in terms of cap dollars until the 2021 season. Overall this contract is rewarding for Butker and affordable for the Chiefs with several out points throughout the course of the deal.
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