Morning Huddle: The offensive line has come together at the perfect time

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For Chiefs coach Andy Reid, 20 years of innovation and success has centered around one simple mindset | The Athletic

There are still places where Reid isn’t perfect. I imagine he’d tell you as much. Even as he has challenged some of the narratives that have followed him throughout his career in these playoffs, there will perpetually be decisions to question. It’s the nature of the job. The Chiefs could stand to be more aggressive on fourth down. Maybe stick with the fully aggressive game plan an extra drive or two longer before starting to consider running down the clock. Never run the ball on first down ever again. (Too far?) But Reid’s success as an offensive innovator is unmatched, at least in part thanks to his willingness to play to the strengths of his players and continually evolve. And it sounds like he’s still tinkering.

“You’re always changing,” Reid said. “That’s what’s so great about this league. You don’t get stale. There’s always work to be done, always learning that takes place. Football’s in a good place right now.”

Nick Bosa getting input from bro on stopping Mahomes | NFL

Mahomes is 2-1 in games against the Chargers in which Joey Bosa played. In those three games, Bosa failed to log a sack but did notch five QB hits, while Mahomes completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 599 yards, four passing TDs and two picks. The Chiefs QB scampered for 80 yards against Bosa and L.A. this season, and figures to run some more in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes is scrambling at a much higher rate (12.2 pct.) in the postseason than in the regular season (4.6) and has run for 53 yards in each of Kansas City’s playoff games this year.

No Thursday Practice for Chiefs’ Travis Kelce Due to Illness | Chiefs Digest

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and safety Jordan Lucas did not practice on Thursday with an illness as the team continues its preparation for next week’s Super Bowl LIV showdown with the San Francisco 49ers.

Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, however, returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with an illness. Defensive tackle Chris Jones (calf) was limited again on Thursday but said he feels “1,000 percent” ready to play a full game in next week’s Super Bowl.

The best, worst and most underrated moves of the 2019 NFL offseason | ESPN

The Chiefs’ defensive makeover

I was skeptical of the move to hire Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator. His track record has many more bad years than good ones. I grew even more skeptical as the Chiefs overhauled their defense on the fly and in ways Spagnuolo clearly had a hand in directing.

But after a bit of a sluggish start, Spags & Co. proved me wrong. The Tyrann Mathieu signing was a difference-maker. Replacing Dee Ford with Frank Clark worked out (though one could argue the Ford thing worked out for the 49ers as well). Chris Jones managed to continue to thrive as a pass-rusher in spite of Spagnuolo’s history of not asking his defensive tackles to be that.

And now the Chiefs are in the Super Bowl after holding Derrick Henry to 69 yards in the AFC Championship Game. With Patrick Mahomes and all those speedsters on offense, the Chiefs only needed their defense to elevate from terrible to OK in order to go further than last year’s Chiefs did. And that defense has been better than OK.

Even with a calf injury, Chris Jones helped the Chiefs reach the Super Bowl with an impressive performance | The Athletic

Jones stressed that the Chiefs’ bye week will help him beyond just his health. Jones knows the 49ers have a creative strong offense that rushed for 285 yards in their victory last week over the Green Bay Packers. For the Chiefs to become champions, Jones believes he and his teammates will have to outsmart the 49ers.

“It’s very fortunate we’re able to get this bye week and take advantage of it and rest, get our bodies right and our mental capacity of the game right,” Jones said. “Later on in the season, especially for younger guys, you have to start actually forcing yourself to study more and look at the playbook. Around this time, you’re (usually) done with football — unless you’re fortunate enough to make it to the Super Bowl.”

Jimmy Garoppolo recalls Patrick Mahomes’ classy move after last year’s injury | For The Win

“For him to come out of his way after the game and wish me luck and everything. (He’s) a real class act…,” Garoppolo said. “For him to do something as simple as that. It went a long way.”

During that 2018 game in Kansas City, Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL. The injury ended his first season as the season starter in San Francisco after just a few games. The former Patriots back-up said he didn’t even know that season’s MVP, Mahomes, at the time.

Chiefs film review, Part 2: The offensive line has come together at the perfect time | The Athletic

Mahomes was pressured (hurried, knocked down or sacked) a total of 11 times against the Titans. Considering that Mahomes dropped back 40-plus times, that number is impressive by itself. However, those stats don’t reflect whether pressure was due to play design (like a failed read-option) or Mahomes holding the ball for an extraordinary amount of time. So I charted every snap to determine how many of those pressures were on the offensive line. I found that five total pressures and one quarterback hit could be attributed to line failures. The rest were due to other factors.

That’s an exceptional performance against a Tennessee defense that was expected to put more pressure on Mahomes than he faced the previous week against the Houston Texans (in which he was pressured 11 snaps despite dropping back 40-plus times). While neither of those defenses are considered among the best in the league at rushing the passer — unlike the San Francisco 49ers, their Super Bowl opponent — the offensive line’s ability to keep Mahomes clean has been noticeably improved from where it was earlier in the season.

Jarvis Landry leads AFC to Pro Bowl Skills Challenge win | NFL

Precision Passing:

In a statistical oddity, the AFC’s Jarvis Landry, a wide receiver, outscored division rival and MVP favorite Lamar Jackson, 6-2.

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The 2019 salary cap was $188.2 million, so another $10M+ jump. Whether, and how much more, the salary cap would rise in 2020 under a new CBA would depend on whether that additional revenue is counted towards salary cap or benefits.

Negotiations are ongoing, but the NFL and NFLPA are projecting a salary cap of roughly $200 million per club for 2020. If new CBA is ratified, revenue would increase from expanded playoffs, which could cause the cap to rise somewhat. Bigger jumps expected in 2021 and beyond.

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National Talking Heads:

After his injury failed to heal this off-season, Patriots’ WR Mohamed Sanu needs surgery on a high ankle sprain that plagued him throughout last season, per source. The surgery helps explain why Sanu’s production tailed off last season; he played through a lot of pain.

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BJ Kissel
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“I want to play here for my entire career because of the support we get from this city.”

– @tkelce on playing for the #Chiefs.

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A bond was set at $100,000 for Brown on a burglary with battery charge.

The judge also ordered Brown to undergo a mental health evaluation once he has been released from custody. He must also surrender his passport and wear a GPS monitor while the case plays out.

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What a waste of our law enforcement resources. They should be out busted meth dealers, not bothering with a guy with a plant.

Severely Concussed
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I am pretty sure it is an assault charge not possession.

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A bond was set at $100,000 for Brown on a burglary with battery charge.

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I must have read something different, then. All I saw was a routine traffic stop and found weed in the car.

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you talkin’ ’bout kareem hunt?

Adam Schefter
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Browns’ RH Kareem Hunt cited for speeding, with small amounts of marijuana found.

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my brain read brown and swapped it for hunt.

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Eliot Shorr-Parks
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People should focus way more on the many amazing things Andy Reid accomplished and built instead of the one big game he didn’t win

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It’s moot anyways cuz we’re gonna win the whole thing

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Sucks for Kareem, but weed needs to be legal at the federal level. Such a crock that it isn’t yet.

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Did he just smoke crack using his nostril as a bowl?

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I think it was a small bud of weed

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Weed or no he’s a perfect “this is your brain on drugs” commercial.

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CNN)Neil Young has officially become a “Canarican” after his citizenship application was delayed for months because he smoked weed, he said.

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starry1

Sheesh! There is so much content today I feel like I’ll never get through it all, but man, what a great problem to have!

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really glad you’re still here

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10:15 mins.

“the Chiefs ! are getting on my nerves” skip bayless

RDD India
RDD India

And Skip Bayless is saying this.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Ya know, I’ve been waiting my entire adult life to see our Chiefs back in the big game. Do I really care what skippy has to say about it? Blow-hards will blow hard. Sand pounders can pound sand.

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Skip should be careful calling anyone full of themselves. The universe may implode under the weight of such irony

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I like how shannon called him out for never thinking the same thing about Tom and skip was just like “Tom didn’t do that.” TB is easily the most arrogant player in football.

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Only 3 players in NFL history have won an MVP and reached a Super Bowl within their first 3 seasons:

HOF @kurt13warner
HOF @DanMarino

And…@PatrickMahomes (future HOF?)

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Consider San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh among those completely enamored with last season’s MVP.

“One, his mobility is unique. His arm strength is ridiculous. He’s very, very accurate. But, what I don’t think people give him enough credit for is that he actually plays quarterback. There’s a lot of people, there’s a lot of quarterbacks in this league that will say no to number one and then it just becomes street ball. He gets rid of the ball on time. He puts it where it needs to be. He hits a lot of throws in rhythm. And when he needs to take his shot, he knows how to buy time in the pocket and do it. So, he’s a superstar in every way you can possibly imagine and he’s going to be tough to deal with”

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Ok. I understand. No biggie. Happens to best of us. He’s thrown in the towel.

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about to be ‘Broken’ . . .

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And will be ‘taken’

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2:18 mins. total

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After the Chiefs took care of the Titans last weekend, Suggs became the go-to player in the locker room for tips on dealing with the Super Bowl, whether it was the daunting crush of media obligations, the countless friends and families trying to get tickets or secure flights, or the actual challenge of preparing for the biggest game in professional football.

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49ers’ DC Robert Saleh on the Chiefs’ offense: “It almost looks like they got their roster from the Olympic relay team and threw them all on the football field.”

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Matt Bowen
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#Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes vs. Zone Coverage (regular season/playoffs) —

• QBR = 91.3
• Completion % = 74.4%
• Yards per attempt = 9.4
• TD/INT = 14/2 . . . #49ers played zone coverage on 64.2% of opponent dropbacks (2nd most in the NFL).

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QuackTastic
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Calling the Probowl competition drills is exactly where Booger and Tessitore belong. Permanently.

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That matt moore story about Reid and mahomes is pure gold

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6:44 mins. total

starry1

The massive increase in ads on the site is no bueno. Why should I tolerate this shit?

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because you love AG ?

starry1

It wouldn’t be the first site I’ve left because the ads went crazy.

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noooo, don’t leave

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AGs gotta have some green juice. Ads is the source of cash. Bear with it for some time pls.

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I love ag when it’s not slowed down to a crawl and every time I try to click something I’m clicking an ad that popped up out of nowhere seemingly

Knightwolfbr

Hello,

This is something I have not heard. It slows to a crawl? Is this a common occurrence? Can I get more information (when it happens, what you are on, etc)?

tsv0728
tsv0728

I haven’t really noticed on PC or mobile, for the record.

slackator
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on PC its fine, but on mobile LG Android btw, its a hassle everytime. I click on a story only to find out I clicked on a different story because a last second ad decides to load. Then Ill have my entire screen filled with a giant ad that slows my phone down to scroll past. I support AG and understand the need for ad revenue and while I dont have the fastest speed around Verizon 4G should load faster and smoother than it does for this site, that I dont seem to have the same problems with other sites. It could be all in my head though and I just care more for Chiefs news so maybe Im more aware of the loadup speeds here than on other sites that I dont care as much about

Knightwolfbr

Hello,

Massive increase? Are you getting way more ads now than normal? What device are you on?

We have not made any changes to our ads but I can review if you can give me more information please.

starry1

Yes a huge increase in ads on the front page. I’m on iPhone right now.

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I see 1 (one) ad on the front page

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I see 2 (two) ads on the ‘morning huddle’ page

starry1

There’s an ad in between each story tile on iPhone.

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time for a desktop

starry1

I’m at a desktop now, but when I’m not at work I access by iPhone 90% of the time.

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. . . then it’s just time to ‘quit’ the interweb

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I’m on iPhone & that’s not the case for me. I see two ads at the very top.

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I spend way too much money for this site to have to scroll past an ad!

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I’m the one that suggested Tony use Patreon to maintain the site in the first place.

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Maybe you could start http://www.arrowheadgirls.com?

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I seriously don’t even notice the ads. Maybe its because I’m usually on a PC or my chromebook instead of my phone.

NM_ChiefsFan
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people still use browsers without ad blockers?