Morning Huddle: Defense Lightens Workload in Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s Debut

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With Week 1 in the books, we’re official in Raider Week! The Chiefs will square off in Oakland this Sunday. Get your news and Rest of the West recap here.

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‘We have a lot of work to do’: Chiefs’ revamped defense hoping to trend upward after modest effort vs. Jaguars | The Athletic

Wilson’s play resulted in Fournette’s first lost fumble of his three-year career. Mahomes took advantage of the takeaway, leading the Chiefs on a 12-play drive that ended in a touchdown to give the team a commanding 30-13 lead.

“We needed that,” Reid said of the turnover after Sunday’s game. “That’s tough on your team right there, and it puts a bit of doubt in their minds. I thought our defense play hard, and these kinds of games are the toughest on that defensive line. I thought our guys battled through that and just kept constant pressure.”

Spagnuolo used eight defensive linemen against the Jaguars in a game that featured conditions of 91 degrees with humidity at 54 percent. The Jaguars often used two players to block Jones and defensive end Frank Clark, especially after Foles left the game. Backup defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah took advantage of the Jaguars’ tactic to record a sack of Minshew late in the third quarter.

NFL notebook: Chiefs’ Hill won’t need surgery | Yahoo! Sports

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill could miss several weeks with a sternoclavicular joint injury but surgery is not necessary.

The Chiefs ruled out surgery on Sunday night. Hill was taken to Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville for further testing on what the Chiefs described as a “medical issue” because of the posterior nature of the injury.

Hill was slammed to the turf near the sideline by Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the first quarter and did not return to the Chiefs’ 40-26 victory. The 25-year-old receiver, signed to a $54 million extension on Friday, could return in a matter of weeks if he heals quickly and peripheral complications are ruled out, ESPN reported Monday.

Snap Counts: Defense Lightens Workload in Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s Debut | Chiefs Digest

Linebacker
Anthony Hitchens 58 (100 percent)
Damien Wilson 47 (81 percent)
Darron Lee 10 (17 percent)

Hitchens played every snap in a game just once last season, but he’s clearly the quarterback of this defense and the linebacker that coordinator Steve Spagnuolo trusts the most. The Chiefs spent very little time in a base 4-3 look, playing primarily in a 4-2-5 configuration. This explains why Reggie Ragland was inactive on Sunday, since the Chiefs didn’t even use Ben Niemann and Dorian O’Daniel on defense, but both are key special teams players. Lee is the Chiefs’ preferred linebacker in passing situations.

Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts on the Chiefs’ Season-Opening Victory Over Jacksonville | The Mothership

6. It marked the 19th (!!) straight time that the Chiefs scored 26+ points.

Kansas City scored at least 26 points for the 19th-straight game on Sunday (including the postseason), tying an NFL record.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Chiefs have scored at least 26 points in every single one of Mahomes’ starts under center.

Brett Veach should respond to Patriots with Patrick Peterson trade | Arrowhead Addict

Veach has yet to replace Marcus Peters, a mercurial player in his own right but talented nonetheless. Peters has now been gone a full season, and there still remains a seemingly tremendous void at the cornerback position. Unique circumstances forced Veach’s hand this offseason to draft a receiver, so the Chiefs are left with mostly journeyman at the cornerback position. Will this group be enough to challenge teams like the Patriots?

A lot has been made of the “Pat needs Pat” movement, referring to Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Peterson is 
suspended the first six weeks due to violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy, so a trade wouldn’t culminate into on field production until the season was halfway through.

Truth be told, the Chiefs don’t desperately need Peterson. They still have the reigning MVP, the top receiving tight end, a trio of speed demons at receiver, 
and they just signed LeSean McCoy who is one season removed from the NFL Pro Bowl. Add this to the rebuilt defense around stopping the run, of which the Patriots are a run first team, and you get the picture. He would help, but it’s questionable whether the Chiefs need him and whether they should leverage their future to acquire him.

John Harbaugh on Lamar Jackson, Tyreek Hill’s Contract Details, More NFL Week 1 News | Sports Illustrated

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins told me on Sunday night that he was anticipating Tyreek Hill to be out six or seven weeks, and that estimate isn’t far off. The team is waiting for clarity on Hill’s collarbone, and has resisted putting him on injured reserve (which would shelve him for eight weeks), holding out hope for the best case here. But depending on how the injury develops, the team might consider IR again.

Meanwhile, for very different reasons, the team did build protection into its contract with Hill. The three-year, $54 million extension is basically a year-to-year deal, with just $18.34 million fully guaranteed as of tomorrow (a guarantee made up of a $5.8 million signing bonus, minimum base salaries this year and next, plus a ’20 roster bonus of $11 million that becomes guaranteed tomorrow). Hill will make $6.52 million this fall, and is on the books for $16.2 million in 2020 and $15.4 million ’21, with a lot of his cash tied up in roster bonuses that he’ll have to get to down the road. So the team has flexibility to move on for non-injury reasons. The flip side is that Hill gets $22.7 million between now and the end of ’20, which easily beats the math is adding what he was set to make this year ($2.05 million) to next year’s project franchise figure for receivers ($16.79 million). And Hill is protected against bad luck, with a $35.26 million injury guarantee.

Week 1 carnage proves point of NFL players: Expanding regular season is a terrible idea | Yahoo! Sports

The carnage went on and on, to the point that we can’t even get to the full list. But it’s out there. And it’s looooong.

Football is a violent sport. It comes with the territory. But thisweek is what players are talking about when they rip the idea of an increased number of games in the regular season. This week is why the player’s union continually shoots down proposals from team owners that would seek to increase the most dangerous part of the season.

It’s not as simple as eliminating some preseason games that feature a spare few important players. It’s that a 16-game regular season already appears to be at a limit that is barely tolerable to the bodies of the players who slug it out. If you don’t believe that, go ask Andrew Luck or Rob Gronkowski, who both surrendered multiple years of top-level earnings because their pain thresholds were being breached.

The Rest of the West

Here’s your recap of how the ‘Rest of the West’ fared this weekend.

Denver 16 – 24 Raiders

Broncos’ summer of optimism sinks early in Black Hole | ESPN

First-year coach Vic Fangio certainly passed the offseason test, as he seemed to settle the Broncos down after back-to-back seasons of double-digit losses, but his debut didn’t go as Denver had hoped. The Raiders scored on a 10-play drive on their first possession of the game and never trailed.

Troubling trend: Depth was the biggest concern hovering around the Broncos throughout the offseason, especially since the 2016 and 2017 drafts continued to leave fairly glaring holes. When cornerback Bryce Callahan didn’t play because of a foot injury, it pushed Isaac Yiadom into the starting lineup. Raiders coach Jon Gruden consistently targeted Yiadom in the first half, including on Oakland’s first touchdown and a 43-yard completion during the Raiders’ second touchdown drive. Right tackle Ja’Wuan James, whom the Broncos made the highest-paid tackle in the league when they signed him in March, left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury, and that propelled Elijah Wilkinson into the lineup. Wilkinson is the Broncos’ backup at both tackle spots and has been the leading backup at both guard spots in practice.

Chargers 30 – 24 Colts (Overtime)

No Melvin Gordon? No problem as Chargers hold off Colts | ESPN

Troubling trend: The Chargers struggled to defend the run in the team’s final game of last season, an AFC divisional playoff loss against the New England Patriots. And even with the Bolts adding new personal along the defensive line and at linebacker, the Chargers allowed the Colts to bully their way to 203 rushing yards.

Biggest hole in the game plan: Tackle Trent Scott still has a big hole to fill with starting left tackle Russell Okung out for at least the first six weeks due to a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. Scott gave up two sacks and was beaten a third time on a play negated by a defensive offsides penalty on the right side of the line. The Chargers have to figure out how to help Scott in pass protection so Rivers can make it through the regular season healthy.

Raiders 24 – 16 Broncos

Without AB, Raiders’ offense cruises in MNF win | ESPN

New starting tight end Darren Waller also showed what a matchup nightmare he can be with his receiver-like skill set in catching seven passes for 70 yards. He had six total catches in four games last season.

The revelation? Rookie running back 
Josh Jacobs, who rumbled for 85 yards on the ground on 23 carries and, with two touchdowns, became the first player in Raiders franchise history to find the end zone twice in his NFL debut.

Still, with the shocking turn of events last week with Brown, many wondered how the Raiders would react once they finally took the field. Just don’t count Raiders coach Jon Gruden among them.

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Last year against the Ravens, @PatrickMahomes brought his no-look pass to the NFL stage. We explored how he learned it — and whether it’s here to stay.

A fun one coming this week on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. Preview:

Three Browns’ starters -- LB Christian Kirksey (chest), TE David Njoku (concussion/wrist) and S Damarious Randall (concussion) -- along with T Kendall Lamm (knee) were ruled out Friday for Sunday night’s game against the Rams.

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NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

Is anyone doing morning huddle? I don’t see one dated for September 12.

Tarkus

venturachief
venturachief

Vegas doesn’t over react to week 1 results.

tsv0728
tsv0728

Nate has a new article up on the Athletic. It’s about Andy and his shoe game. Great stuff if your a subscriber.
https://theathletic.com/1168896/2019/09/10/im-old-theyre-old-and-we-just-fit-andy-reids-beloved-air-force-1s-are-the-latest-example-of-how-he-connects-with-players/

tsv0728
tsv0728

Shit…*You’re

Maslowskis Demon Barber of Skeet Street
Maslowskis Demon Barber of Skeet Street

Last game in Oakland until Davis gives Gruden part ownership and they move back to the cesspool

venturachief
venturachief

Yep. Current record at the cesspool is 20-19-1 Chiefs. Need a win this week to claim final victory over the shit hole.

Grassy_Knoll
Grassy_Knoll

Nobody’s said anything but that Abrams kid on the Faiders scares me. He’s a reckless mofo who nearly killed his own teammate and then walked away, not even worried about the dude.

tsv0728
tsv0728

I’m sure he didn’t realize exactly what was happening. It was clearly a freak accident that Abrams wasn’t at fault for at all. I like his fire. Conley is fine btw.

Grassy_Knoll
Grassy_Knoll

He needs to control his violence a little more. He kind of reminds me of Sorensen. Goes for the truck stick, and can find himself with the whiff just as often as a big hit. Saw it happen on a Broncos rush. Personally I like to see the camaraderie, and help a dude pull himself up, especially after laying the wood, friendly-fire or not.

venturachief
venturachief

A guy you like if he’s on your team but hate on others. He is clearly looking to knock people out. It was his M.O. in college. He blew up his teammates in scrimmages.

Chugach Chief
Chugach Chief

During the entire AB fiasco I spent some time on Silver and Black Pride, and actually started to feel sorry for those poor MF’ers. But my mind is right now, & I can see that everyone involved (AB, Raiders & Pats) got the wet steaming pants-load they deserve. Can’t wait to see Derek’s mascara run after Thornhill runs back the 2nd KC pick-6 of the game next Sunday. Screw Oakland and all of their Brown Hole fans!

venturachief
venturachief

Good gawd man. Must have been the stockholm syndrome if you felt sorry for those scum sucking bastards.

backbone313
backbone313

Thank you

A special thank you to all the new film analyst trying to make a name for themselves by providing content on Twitter. Every Chiefs game, every play must be seen, rewatched and reviewed for my viewing pleasure.

Side note- as much as I appreciate the video content, please remember as I enjoy my viewing pleasure that you will never get a dime from me when 1 to hundreds of people are posting about the same play or an obscure play.

Thank you for all you do

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

I think they call that a backhanded compliment 🙂

KCChef
KCChef

Both Fangio & Gruden Looked to have been Eclipsed by this New Fangled Horseless Carriage Thingy … : )

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Well I cant yet declare the honeymoon over here in Denver but theyre already breaking into Fangios viagra supply to try and keep themselves excited about this season.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Raiders looked pretty good last night. I know they were playing a crappy Denver team, but they looked polished out there. I’m sure though that it’s only a matter of time before the wheels fall off. Raiders gonna raider.

venturachief
venturachief

Better than I expected.

vvet818
vvet818

Dear John Gruden,
Me and a couple of the boys will be over Sunday for dinner. Thanks
Pat M
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Tyrone
Tyrone

Gehrig Dieter was released with an injury settlement.

zulu trader
zulu trader

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Dave B.
Dave B.

The irony here is what’s written on that spare tire cover…

zulu trader
zulu trader

good catch, Dave

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

Ooh, bet he felt that in the morning. I’m just gonna assume these are Patriots fans…

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

I think he should have veered

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

I’m old enough to remember a time when our team ONLY scored 24 points in a game. Glad those dark days are gone.

Tony Sommer

Not including playoffs, the last time we scored fewer than 26 points was in that 10-16 loss to the Bills in 2017.

zulu trader
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zulu trader
zulu trader

Wow, did Gruden do something? Do we have competition?

Dave B.
Dave B.

Yeah, he played a bad Broncos’ team.

zulu trader
zulu trader

a bronco team that was favored

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

…by pre-season speculation and hype–which are to NEVER be trusted…
a lot of dumb money flying every season in first few weeks.

next weeks lines will now whiplash back and overcompensate the other way…
like a bad Sesame Street Monster Rowboat Boarding exercise.

zulu trader
zulu trader

oh, I don’t trust it — just saying

tsv0728
tsv0728

For unknown reasons the Donkey’s had 0 pass rush. Gotta get it Carr’s face to make him the Carr we know and love.

1wombat
1wombat

Is Gruden having a stroke?

Dave B.
Dave B.

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tsv0728
tsv0728

He is chewing on the side of his cheek. It’s what you do when you haven’t had a rail for a few hours.

Team Player
Team Player

It’s Tuesday and the donkeys are miserable while Oakland fans have false hope. Life is good!

CHIEFSandSABRES

Lol I didn’t watch the late MNF game and came here to see the Faiders won. Denver really is the new dumpster fire!

Team Player
Team Player

Couldn’t happen to a toothier horse

Dave B.
Dave B.

Maybe there’s a reason it took Fangio 40 years to become an NFL head coach?

spiderwomn69
spiderwomn69

This seems like such a huge and obvious thing but people just gloss it over like it’s nothing. Broncos Def is nowhere close to Bears. They look worse at CB than we do. Flacco looks awful like he should be benched for a guy who needs to work on his throwing motion. The difference in watching Flacco against pressure vs Carr was Flacco would freeze while Carr would step into his throw. Elway continues to saddle his team with retread QBs who were let go by their previous team for a reason. You’d think decades of watching the Chiefs struggle doing the exact same thing would have taught him better.

backbone313
backbone313

From everything I read from Donkey country…

Flavor to Den is like Montana to KC

spiderwomn69
spiderwomn69

ELITE FLAVOR

tsv0728
tsv0728

They restructured his contract to add gtd money too. He had 0 dollars gtd, and they just decided to give him some. Elway is a flaming tard.