Morning Huddle: Patrick Mahomes sees increased workload in practice

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Mahomes was a full participant in practice. I repeat: A FULL PARTICIPANT. Will he play though? We’ll see. Get in your Thursday #MorningHuddle

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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes sees increased workload in practice | ESPN

Coach Andy Reid said the Kansas City Chiefs were increasing Patrick Mahomes‘ workload in practice this week before making a decision on the quarterback’s availability for Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

“We’re not going to put him out there unless he’s safe to do it,” Reid said before Mahomes was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. “But he’s got to go through this work level and keep increasing it and see how he does.

“We’re going to see how he does. I think it’s going to be day-to-day and see how he handles it. He didn’t take a ton of reps last week, so we’ll try to increase them here a little bit and see how it works out.”

Kyle Shurmur returns to Kansas City Chiefs practice squad | Arrowhead Addict

Per the NFL’s transactions report, first-year quarterback Kyle Shurmur recently went through waivers unclaimed and it didn’t take long for the Kansas City Chiefs to re-sign him to the team’s practice squad.

The Chiefs recently played a bit of carousel at quarterback that led to Shurmur’s ascension onto the active roster and then release onto waivers due to a change in status to a couple players above him in the pecking order.

Chiefs film review: Steve Spagnuolo’s adjustments, CB Charvarius Ward’s growth, improved run D and more | The Athletic

Still another adjustment Spagnuolo hast made over the past two weeks was to the overall pass rush game plan. Spagnuolo unleashed “blitzapalooza” to try and dial up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. This week, with Jones returning, Spagnuolo opted for a more conservative approach and often dropped seven defenders in coverage while counting on Jones and the other rushers to get pressure. He sent pressure from various angles, but was much less reliant on the blitz than previous weeks. This was another apparent surprise to the Vikings, who appeared to have game-planned for blitz packages.

Spagnuolo has altered his approach repeatedly over the course of the young season. He has shuffled personnel, altered his looks up front from game to game, changed how often and in what way the team blitzes, and even tinkered with the looks on the back end in order to give his players the best chance at success. Every time it seems to be in order to address an apparent weakness, and it generally has been successful. The Chiefs are quietly the 11th-ranked defense 
in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, 4th against the pass. As our new columnist Josh Brisco, wrote Tuesday, the defense that needed to merely stop being a weakness could turn into a strength before it’s all said and done.

Tony Gonzalez Makes Bold Prediction for Remainder of Chiefs’ Season | Heavy

Following the Chiefs’ 26-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 9, FOX Sports analyst and NFL Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez took to the airwaves to share his outlook on a juicy AFC Championship rematch and the remainder of Kansas City’s 2019 schedule.

“This is a team, I’m going to say it right now, I think they’re going to play in the Super Bowl this year,” claimed Gonzalez. “They will beat New England. They won’t lose another game this year.”

Chiefs Sign Rookie TE Alizé Mack to Practice Squad | Chiefs Digest

The rookie tight end signed a practice squad deal with the Chiefs on Wednesday, putting him in the same room with the NFL tight end he strives to emulate. When he got to meet his hero, Mack immediately found what he thinks makes Kelce different from other tight ends.

“I think thats the thing, he’s such a smart player,” Mack said. “I don’t think people talk about it enough, and I’ve only been here a day, barely two days, being in the film room and seeing what he sees. He’s a smart player, and that shows why he’s one of the best.”

New Orleans selected Mack in the seventh round of this year’s draft with the No. 231 overall pick. The club waived him during the cutdown to the opening week roster, but signed him to their practice squad the next day. He was released on Sept. 20, and signed with Pittsburgh’s practice squad for a week.

Editor’s note: P Jack Fox was released to make room for Alize.

Chiefs and MOCSA Announce Multi-year Partnership to Lead the Charge for Positive Change in Kansas City | The Mothership

Through a generous partnership with the Chiefs, MOCSA can increase its presence and engagement in local schools, community centers and public events. This funding will help the programming to reach more students and community members by adding staff and expanding prevention programs across the metropolitan area. Together, the two organizations will kick off their formal relationship next week at the eighth-annual Chiefs Style Lounge on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at The Abbott, where proceeds from the ticketed event will benefit MOCSA.

National research studies show that violence prevention efforts are exceeding expectations. MOCSA and the Chiefs are investing in prevention because it is effective programming that is having an impact in our region. Both organizations want to showcase and expand this work during this pivotal time to foster knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that help prevent sexual violence.

Patrick Mahomes fully participates in practice | Yahoo! Sports

Left tackle Eric Fisher (core muscle surgery) and defensive end Alex Okafor (ankle) didn’t practice for Kansas City. Defensive end Frank Clark (neck), right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) and cornerback Kendall Fuller (thumb) were all limited participants after sitting out last Sunday’s win over the Vikings.

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

Anyone heard timetable for Speaks?

Tarkus

Next year. He was put on IR before the season, making him ineligible to come back this season.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

That’ll give him time to get his fat ass in shape. ?

Berserker

Ha, yeah, barrel shaped.

Berserker

Spagnuolo has altered his approach repeatedly…. Every time it seems to be in order to address an apparent weakness, and it generally has been successful.

This is great, but I look forward to the day when the adjustments aren’t done to address weaknesses, but instead to fuck with opponents.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Baby steps

Berserker

Yeah, I wouldn’t expect that until starting around the end of Spags’ second season here. He’s gotta get a decent number of players veteran-ized into his system before they can start playing mind games with opponents. Although a few smart guys like Badger might catch on earlier.

It just occurred to me because I think we kinda saw it happen a little bit this week, when the Vikes looked like they practiced for a different type of defense. I think that was basically accidental, because Spags was adjusting for his own personnel, not necessarily to mess with the Vikings. But sometime or other, I hope we get to the point where he can make those changes purposely to screw up an opponent’s game plan, like Hoodie does.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

I kinda panicked a little bit because of Patrick’s injury, started going after Spags. Was willing if Patrick was able, to play him last week. Fortunately I’m just a fan because with hindsight, I think the entire team has stepped it up. Matt has done a great job and it does look like Spags is getting a handle on this D. Hopefully that will continue.

Berserker

It’s not a stretch to think that playing a few games without Mahomes before the playoffs, is about the best thing that could’ve happened for this team.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

It definitely took that crutch away from the defense, “Patrick can cover all sins” kinda deal. I don’t think that was ever a conscious deal, but subconsciously it had to be there, to some extent.

Berserker

Honestly, I think Patrick was feeling it, too. He seemed to be trying to force hero-ball a little more this year than he did last season.

Hopefully knowing that the team can beat a good team like the Vikings without Mahomes’ help, that’ll take some pressure off everybody.

TNCHIEFS
TNCHIEFS

Mahomes was also trying to push himself past lingering injury.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

I say PM comes back when our starting OL comes back and no sooner. It is playing with fire having him behind our current OL.

Berserker

Maybe, but at the same time, Oline problems are a major reason that you bother to even have a QB like Mahomes in the first place.

It’s kinda like having an nice, expensive 4×4 truck, but never taking it on rough roads because you’re afraid of dents.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Play the man!

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

yes and no. its like having 4X4 truck but with bald tires

Berserker

Well….maybe. If you you’re not able to replace those tires before winter. Because oftentimes Oline problems just happen unexpectedly, and they can’t be fixed in time for the next Superbowl.

But speaking of misused 4x4s, how about those assholes who slam their trucks to get 2″ of ground clearance? It can’t be just me who gets deeply pissed off whenever he sees that, can it?

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

but you usually drive your beater if the good truck has bad tires until you can get them replaced

Berserker

Well, my beater and my good truck are the same truck. Don’t know why I’d have a truck that can’t do everything I want it to do…and since my truck can do everything I want it to do, don’t know why I’d have an extra truck.

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

And yeah, lowered trucks are fucking stupid

Spider
Spider

When do we expect to get Big Fish and Dr Larry back?

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Anyone remember last year, our defense was god awful to start the season, then after about 5 games, they finally had some great games, then after a few more games the wheels completely fell off. Not saying history is going to repeat itself, but I’m not ready to feel settled about this defense quite yet.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Even with a potential GOAT at QB, I’m never settled about anything. The mission is a championship, when WE have the Lombardi Trophy I’ll be content.

BDChiefsFan

dont know if i agree.

first 5 games, we had awful defense. lets see.

Chargers, Steelers, 49ers (after Garoppolo went down), Broncos and Jaguars.

Defense was awful for first 3 games. then Broncos just werent a good offense, so its not clear whether defense was good then. and Jaguars had Bortles, who basically handed us the game with 5 turnovers.

Against Patriots, defense was awful (43 points given up). Bengals werent even a real team, so skip them. we gave up 23 against Broncos again, and 21 against Cleveland. Broncos offense was irrelevant again. Cleveland? their HC and OC was fired right before their game against us, so they were shell shocked.

Cardinals were another awful team, who scored 14 against us.

then we had multiple high scoring games against us, with Rams and Raiders. defense was awful. Ravens and Chargers had decent coaching stuff, so our defense didnt hold up. and then against Seahawks, the defense was in such bad shape, Andy Reid forced Bob Sutton to start Ward over Scandrick. we couldnt get a defensive stop and we lost.

i think at no point last season, we stopped a good offense. while your post does seem true in a quick glance (awful initial games followed by a few good games for the defense and then awful again), i would argue we didnt stop anyone with a good offense last year. we preyed on some awful offenses starting rookie QBs, awful QBS, rookie coaches or awful coaches.

while i understand your wariness, i feel we just stopped a good offense in the Vikings (good running game). we have to build off of that. apart from stopping the Raiders, i dont see an offense that is essentially good until the playoffs.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Anyone wanna guess who the top selling musician who came from Kansas is?

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

Is it “Kansas?”

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Lol, yup

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack

I honestly think after the bye when everyone is at full strength this team will be nearly unstoppable. You combine this offense at full strength with an average defense and it’s already a juggernaut. Our defense is officially ABOVE AVERAGE (is this blasphemy?).

Also, according to DVOA, we have played the second hardest schedule in the NFL this season. And we’re 6-3 after getting fucked in the ass by injuries. Every team we’ve played minus Denver and Jacksonville was against a possible playoff team.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

#15 = john wick baba yaga (Are you ready for his return?) 🙂

TNCHIEFS
TNCHIEFS

Just read a piece over at The Athetic by Mike Lonbardi, breaking down the Jets organization. Man, I so appreciate the Chiefs and what Clark Hunt did after the 2012 season.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

Oh crap! Reid just confirmed that Mahomes is likely out for the season… he listed him as “Day-to-Day” !!

vvet818

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake

This is one of the funniest responses I’ve seen for a while ?

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

Bro…

3rdnlong
3rdnlong

Tony Gonzalez is RIGHT! That prediction alone makes up for him leaving for Atlanta back in the day.

ChiefOfTheWolfpack
ChiefOfTheWolfpack

Sign him as our TE2 now so he gets his well deserved ring.

Spider
Spider

No. It doesn’t.

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I don’t like it. Sounds to me like he’s trying to jinx us!