Chiefs news for 7 November 2019
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.