Defensive Duds

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From the FanPosts: Reader Tyrone’s frustration this week is the second most expensive player on the Chiefs defense. Is the Honey Badger worth his contract?

The target of my frustration this week is the second most expensive player on the Chiefs defense. He’s been called the leader of the defense, but in my eyes he’s been a big disappointment. He has less tackles than Anthony Hitchens (Hitchens has 150 less snaps), Charvarius Ward (Ward has 40 less snaps and is a CB), and Damien Wilson (Wilson has 140 less snaps). This weeks dud is…

Honey badger

The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel (/ˈreɪtəl/ or /ˈrɑːtəl/), is a mammal widely distributed in Africa, Southwest Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Because of its wide range and occurrence in a variety of habitats, it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

It is the only species in the genus Mellivora and in the mustelid subfamily Mellivorinae. Despite its name, the honey badger does not closely resemble other badger species; instead, it bears more anatomical similarities to weasels. It is primarily a carnivorous species and has few natural predators because of its thick skin, strength and ferocious defensive abilities. It is listed as the “world’s most fearless animal” in the 2002 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Low-lights Against Vikings

Dancing around, waiting for someone else to do something

Chance for the stop on 3rd down – Whoops, wrong way (teammates cleaned it up)

Running away from contact instead of finishing the play

Whiff

“Corralling” and trying to pull the ball out. Gives up an extra 10 yards.

General contact avoidance

This way? That way? I’ll just be over here guys

Low-lights Against Titans

Attempting to pull the ball out? Gets rag-dolled.

Pathetic. Critical 3rd down. Legitimately could have stopped him short, but he dances around him. Drive ends in a TD.

Standing around watching as teammates try to drag down Henry. Then gets pissed off at them.

Sure, I’m being negative and only showing the bad plays, but that’s my prerogative after a bad loss. I don’t remember him making any plays the 2 games anyway, and only a handful of very good plays all season.

So, what do you guys (gender neutral) think? Is Tyrann Mathieu playing well enough to justify his contract? Is he a stud or a dud?

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NHChiefsfan
NHChiefsfan

Sure he’s had his bad plays as do most players especially if you were to go through each and every one of their plays under a microscope and cherry pick only the bad plays. I also must wonder if he may have been playing injured during this time. Also some of the stuff is over-exaggerated or we have no context (can’t see what is going on outside the frame) for everything that is happening or it is opinion based on a negative bias such as saying he was “standing around watching his teammates drag Henry down” and then he “gets pissed at them”. You don’t know that at all. He could be getting fired up saying stuff to Henry or maybe to his teammates in a fiery positive fashion. I for one think he has been well worth the money. He’s been mostly very solid and has done a lot of good for us. His leadership and presence has been valuable despite having some bad plays as most players do.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

Dammit He’s a SAFETY… It’s His Job to see that the Ball Carrier SAFELY reaches his Destination !
…huh?? that’s not what it means ?!

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

This is why you shouldn’t try to purchase your football team you should draft them. It’s a total crapshoot on attitude when you go buy high price players. We got injured Clark (injured before we got him or coming off two ucls) who talks a big game but isnt the enforcer he plays to be. Also got the leader of the defense who has looked like Mahomes trying to tackle a few times.

I was somewhat excited about both, which is why I wouldn’t be a good GM.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

To clarify I wasn’t excited about what we gave to get Clark. But if totally ignoring that I was hoping his play would be good.

Berserker

After we did end up trading for Clark, I pretty much talked myself into believing we’d done the right thing. Or at least a not-wrong thing.

But my initial thoughts, as always, were more correct than my later talking-myself-into-it thoughts.

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller

This is what a lot of people did. Because of the wow factor and price of the move, people lost all objectivity and assumed the move had to be good.

Clark beat up his girlfriend, which for KC is a bad enough look already.
Clark was just a guy in a great system in Seattle. Ok power rusher. Never had great speed or bend.
Clark had 2 wrecked UCLs which is a serious injury.
Veach paid him just below Mack and threw in a 1st and 2nd round pick.

Anything less than a Pro-Bowl level player would be a failure given the cost. And so far he is a bottom third DE with a 58PFF rating and a worse eye test.

Druful
Druful

At the time I stated that he’d have to be Reggie fucking White to be worth what KC gave up in picks and money. I never did move on to acceptance because Frank hasn’t been half of the player he needs to be to make the trade and contract not suck.

Jdklks
Jdklks

Him avoiding contact on the run against Tannehill really is completely, entirely inexcusable. If he comes up and hits him like he is in position to do, we win that game, pure and simple. And it was a fucking QB. I thought these guys lived to lay big hits on QBs.

Sudden
Sudden

Funny how players seem so much more concerned with business decisions after their big pay day

BDChiefsFan

is it just me or none of the gifs are working?

DadBodTees

I mean, spot the lie. He’s been avoiding contact and hasn’t made plays at all this year.

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland

Looks like a giant wuss afraid of contact

vvet818

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ArrowFan
ArrowFan

One bad game a trend does not make. Let’s how things go Monday night. I think he has been one of the better players so far but it could just be me hoping he has based on just a few good plays. One thing is for sure our Saftey play overall this year is much better than last year.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Well he showed two games sooo…

Also, I don’t think the guy has earned his money. Common theme among Veach FA pick-ups.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

I’m not saying he is above criticism but he has been making plays he did have an awful game. The biggest problem with our current D is the LB’s tackling and positioning on running down and an overall lack of turnovers. We have been fairly solid on the back end and very good upfront we are just too soft in the middle.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Love it. Spot on analysis. Also really disappointed in Badger.

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller

I have noticed the lack of tackling all year. Initially, was hoping he was just favoring the shoulder injury from training camp (had a brace on). After 10 weeks, I think this is just who he is. The worst part is Thornhill is learning these bad habits so now we have BOTH safeties not tackling. Sorenson is the only willing tackler that gets playing time.

I know PFF isn’t perfect, but I think it is a pretty solid evaluation of play.

So far in 2019:
Honey Badger: 62
Earl Thomas: 80

Gersidi76
Gersidi76

Oh God, Tito’s back.

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller

Only Tito I know is the vodka.

sportingchiefs

I found this really surprising. I hadn’t really noticed him when watching the games (which is usually a good thing) but yikes.

Dave B.
Dave B.

Let’s hope he doesn’t catch wind of this or he might tweet out a threat to meet you somewhere and kick your ass…

(yes, he’s seriously done this before)

MasterChief
MasterChief

It is disappointing. He’s really good but I don’t think he’s living up to the “Honey Badger” name. I expected to see him diving into plays like these and putting the hurt on the ball carriers. It just seems like he’s doesn’t want to get dirty when he (all of them) should be swarming to the ball.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

He’s giving a new meaning to the phrase “honey badger dont care”

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

In Marcus Peters speak, these are “business decisions.”

sydenham

I don’t know what to expect from this team this year going forward. Is Mathieu injured too? And frankly, with six inches of snow on the ground up here I’m more concerned with getting the remainder of the winterizing chores completed.