Arrowhead Guys https://arrowheadguys.com For Chiefs fans, by Chiefs fans Fri, 28 Feb 2020 14:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://arrowheadguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/AG-Fav-Icon.png Arrowhead Guys https://arrowheadguys.com 32 32 173218791 Fans Go Crazy Over Super Bowl Memorabilia https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/fans-go-crazy-over-super-bowl-memorabilia/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/fans-go-crazy-over-super-bowl-memorabilia/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 19:00:12 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=36170 Watching our beloved Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl will forever be one of our fondest memories. What we all hope to soon forget however is how much the victory has lightened our wallets. Everywhere you look there’s a new poster, shirt or decoration that you just have to own. I personally have quite a few items on the wish list I hope to own, just as soon as I win the lottery. With that in mind, I took to Twitter to see what everyone’s favorite piece of Super Bowl schwag is.

Obviously apparel is a major go-to for Chiefs fans. Still needing that perfect Chiefs shirt? Click here, unless you’re Leaf, in which case you should click here.

Of course not every cherished memory can be bought. Some of them come perfectly free.

Of course, for the lucky few who actually went to the Super Bowl, these little trinkets are the perfect keepsake.

Then there’s this guy…

Then there’s the guy who’s really planning ahead.

Wait…what? Oh shit!

Cheers! Share your favorite Super Bowl memorabilia in the comments!

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Free Agent Targets: Byron Jones https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/free-agent-targets-byron-jones/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/free-agent-targets-byron-jones/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=35855 We’re moving on to the position that I love, cornerbacks. Cornerbacks are becoming more valuable every single year, with the emphasis of passing in our league and increasingly faster receivers. You need to have good cornerbacks to consistently win in this league.

Last year, the Chiefs got away with an undrafted rookie at cornerback, a veteran on his 3rd team, and a 6th round rookie. Yes, they all had good years, but we can’t rely on that again. We need to inject some serious talent into the position.

In keeping with the spirit of free agent previews, we’re starting with Byron Jones.

2019 Stats

4 Games Watched: Saints, Vikings, Patriots, Eagles

161 Snaps, 15 targets, 8 catches, 89 yards (11.1 YPC), 5 passes defended, 0 penalties.

Scouting Report

6’0, 205 lbs. 27 years old.

Byron Jones fits exactly how Steve Spagnuolo likes cornerbacks to function. He’s got really good length, very good vertical speed, and the ability to protect his 3rd of the field. He doesn’t have the best change of direction in the middle of the field, and he doesn’t pull down a lot of interceptions. Still, his ability in tracking the ball, his length, and versatility to play in many different coverage schemes was very valuable.

Dallas mainly played Cover 3, which asked Jones to protect his sideline often. He didn’t have to cover the middle of the field much, but protect vertically. Teams didn’t try to push the ball downfield on Jones, as he has the speed to recover on anything vertically. Double moves don’t work against him. I watched four games of Jones and I didn’t see a single downfield shot against him. The Chiefs play a lot of Cover 3 as well, and Jones would be able to be trusted way more than Breeland or Ward vertically.

Jones does travel on 3rd downs often. Dallas would play a lot of man coverage then, and he would be asked to travel with some of the best receivers in football. He can be beat if the receiver has a good release off the line of scrimmage, and slant and mesh routes can beat him. He’s fast vertically, but his change of direction isn’t the best. In a certain way, he’s like a very fast Richard Sherman. If asked to cover vertically, he excels at it.

There’s been a huge criticism of a lack of interceptions from Jones. He only had two interceptions his entire career. Not last season, but in five. Honestly, I don’t think that really matters. Jones does an incredible job tracking the ball in the air and he’s able to make plays on the ball. Honestly, I think he doesn’t get a lot of interceptions due to teams not really testing him vertically. It’s harder in Cover 3 to get a lot of underneath interceptions. That’s hurt Jones. It isn’t an issue of that he doesn’t have ball skills. That point has been far overblown.

Overall, in our zone scheme, Jones would be a perfect fit. He’s not Darrelle Revis, or even Chris Harris, who can cover anything, but he doesn’t require any safety help, and can travel. He’s only 27, so his speed won’t diminish anytime soon. Jones had a down year in 2019, but he’s the only cornerback who’s ever slowed down Michael Thomas. If we could get him the cornerback position would be instantly solved.

Film

Byron Jones trusts his feet a lot. He doesn’t get beat by double moves and is able to stop and start quickly. He understands that if he gets beat on the move he has the speed to recover. That long speed is a very valuable asset in Cover 3.

Jones can be beat underneath. He does bite on some really good releases from the line of scrimmage. While he trusts his feet vertically and can recover, he struggles underneath. He can’t change directions super quickly, which can cause issues in man coverage, especially in underneath zones.

Jones is really good in a Cover 3 scheme. He protects vertically, tracks the ball well, and reads route concepts well. Here, on this sail concept, after passing the Go route on the #1 receiver, Jones sits on that sail route. Carson Wentz sees it open, but Jones makes a great play on the ball.

Jones isn’t going to pull down 8 interceptions a year. That’s not due to a lack of ball skills, though. He tracks the ball well and is able to make plays on the ball. Teams don’t throw at Jones very often, giving him few opportunities to intercept the ball.

Conclusion

Guys, Byron Jones is fantastic. Yes, he’s not Stephon Gilmore, but he has everything we need. He has the speed to not get beat vertically, he tracks the ball well and can travel. No matter what’s asked from him, he can do it. For the Chiefs, that would be super valuable.

The problem is price. Jones is going to make 14-16 million a year, at least. If the Chiefs had money, I would love giving Jones a 3 year, 48 million dollar deal. That only happens if we trade Jones and restructure Watkins. While I think that’s becoming more likely by the day, I think we’re more likely to sign someone like James Bradburry (stay tuned for him).

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Friday 2020 NFL Scouting Combine Tracker https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/friday-2020-nfl-scouting-combine-tracker/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/friday-2020-nfl-scouting-combine-tracker/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=36187 The 2020 NFL Scouting Combine is live in Indianapolis. The live drills continue as the specialists, offensive line and running backs take the field.

The Schedule

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Friday Night at the Movies https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/friday-night-at-the-movies-6/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/friday-night-at-the-movies-6/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 13:45:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=35839 Welcome back to the return of your favorite weekly movie reviews and suggestions. We, Adam and Dan, will be your tour guides in this crazy world of cinematography. So Grab yourself a soda and some popcorn and let’s get to Movie’ing.

Adam: Dan, a ton of good things happened since our last movie article aired. The Chiefs won the Super Bowl, the US economy grew, I found 20 bucks in my jacket pocket, and if I’m not mistaken a bunch of good flicks were made. In fact, one the best films I watched this year was Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Dan: I saw it too but I haven’t found any extra money lying around my house, probably because of the 14-month-old money sucking machine I now have. Back to the Joker, it was good but it wasn’t what Heath Ledger brought to the table. Heath killed it. Best Joker, hands down.

Adam: OH MY GOODNESS DAN… Its Joaquin by a Patrick Mahomes mile long bomb. Then probably Jack, then maybe if there’s time… Ledger.

Dan: You’re nuts. Let’s let the people decide.

Adam’s Pick

 

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Listen everyone, this was a difficult choice for me. I got all kinds of feelings about this… I love all of the Joker characters. Heck one of my favorite Jokers, likely due to the nostalgia factor, was done by Mark Hamill from the animated series in the 90’s. You 80’s kids now what I’m talking about. 

But in narrowing my choices to a more serious movie Joker role, I can only fully support Jack Nicholson and Joaquin Phoenix, sorry Heath fans. Sure, they are basically polar opposites of the character but both are done so masterfully its hard to choose between them. Maybe it’s recency bias or maybe it’s not but if I have to choose one it’s going to be Joaquin’s Joker. It has to be the movie that expounds on the original story of how the Joker became the JOKER.  It’s going to be the actor that made me feel a bit of empathy for a legitimately sick man while simultaneously making feel wildly uncomfortable while watching. Joaquin won a Golden Globe for this role, and he damn sure deserved it.

Now, in case there’s some of you out there that haven’t seen it or maybe you have but just want to be reminded of the how this story unfolds. These next couple paragraphs are for you. Or aren’t for you because, they maybe be a spoiler as much as I try not to do that.

Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, an increasingly unglued party/street clown and wannabe stand-up comedian. Arthur lives with his sick mother, Penny Fleck,  in a small run down apartment building in what looks like 1970’s-80’s Gotham.  As the story gets going, you quickly realize that Arthur is suffering from some fairly serious mental health issues, one specifically that causes him to laugh like a manic. Unfortunately for Fleck his laugh also seems to happen at the most inopportune times, more on that later.

To help combat his mental health issues,  Fleck was ordered by the courts to meet with a case worker regularly and is prescribed medication. Unfortunately for Fleck his meetings with his case worker aren’t that fruitful due to a world that is uncaring with his case worker being front and center.  Later he finds out that the funding for his rehabilitation is running out and that his medication will be cut off. As someone who has worked with the mentally ill, this is far from a stretch. 

Watching this happen, you begin to understand his troubles, you get emotionally involved with the character. You start to see how this is going and you feel helpless but you can’t not watch. This part of the movie is slow but oh so important because this is now the beginning of the end of Arthur Fleck.

As I mentioned before, Arthur’s laugh tends to cause him some grief. Well one evening, it causes him more than just some simple grief. His laugh ends up getting him into some real trouble with some thugs on a train. This is the moment in with Arthur becomes something else. His pysche finally cracks and out leaks the Joker.

The rest of the movie you will have to watch yourselves. I truly enjoyed the journey that this movie took me on. It’s so relate-able to today with the mental health issues plaguing our world. But it can be a little uncomfortable to watch, which I believe is a good thing but still needs mentioning. Also, I will say the violence in this movie is meant to shock, and it does effectively. So caution to anyone with a distaste for crude and sudden violence. 

In closing……… is itjust me, or is it getting crazier out there?

 

Dan’s Pick

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This was the first “great” Batman movie in the entire franchise. And it had absolutely nothing to do with Christian Bale, as we all know. I have always enjoyed the older Batman movies for just what they are, cheesy and some entertainment value with some of the names they got to play Batman and be the villians. Then DC brought in Christian Bale and tried to ruin the franchise while countering with Liam Neeson in “Batman Begins”. It was okay, in my opinion, but it lacked a true villan perfomance. Something we all didn’t even realize until “The Dark Knight” came out.

Ledger portayed the Joker in one of, if not, the best performances of his career and redefined what it meant to be a villan. In doing so, he also created the best Joker in Batman history. He was everything the Joker should be, insane, carefree, unpredictable, deadly, manipulative, and he came out of nowhere. I did not expect this from the man from “A Knight’s Tale”, one of my favorite movies of his. He was so different and getting into this role was one of the toughest things he’s ever had to do, as we found out from his death. I’m not saying this role drove him to that, but information of how he get into the head space came out moreso after his untimely passing.

His Joker set the stage for the villians to become more prevelent in superhero movies and for there to be movies such as “Suicide Squad” and “The Joker”. Without his performance and success as the Joker, none of the movies I mentioned would have been as successful or maybe even thought of. He is my favorite Joker in the history of the character and Mark Hamill is a very close second. Phoenix played the part well, mostly because he’s already a nutcase, but the movie was so predictable and rather boring. I know that won’t be a popular opinion but I come here for truth time and that’s just the way it is. Ledger>Phoenix

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Morning Huddle: It is Friday! https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/morning-huddle-it-is-friday/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/28/morning-huddle-it-is-friday/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 11:00:40 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=36176 Chiefs news for 28 February 2020

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If Chiefs seek an every-down linebacker in draft, NFL combine has mid-round options | KCStar

The Chiefs could find themselves in the market to bolster their linebacker corps with Reggie Ragland and Darron Lee scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins on March 18.

Kansas City Chiefs to apply franchise tag on DT Chris Jones, per reports | USAToday

Jones, 25, earned his first Pro Bowl berth last season and was a key piece in the Chiefs’ run to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. The four-year veteran recorded 24 1/2 sacks in the last two years, and he further disrupted opposing offenses with his penchant for batting down passes, including two deflections in the Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

Chiefs decision on Cam Erving’s option might reveal draft direction | ArrowheadAddict

On March 17, the Kansas City Chiefs face a fairly inconsequential deadline as far as the casual fan is concerned. They must decide what to do about offensive lineman Cameron Erving’s team option.

Mike Garafolo: Kansas City Chiefs could try to add draft picks in a Watkins trade | YahooSports

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Mike Garafolo discuss the Kansas City Chiefs’ options for WR Sammy Watkins.

Missouri DT Jordan Elliott talks formal meeting with Chiefs | CHIEFSWIRE

Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott left school early to pursue his NFL dream and has many possible suitors. The Kansas City Chiefs have emerged as an interested party as Elliott informed reporters on Wednesday morning.

2020 NFL combine: Chiefs prospect meetings tracker, DL and LB edition | CHIEFSWIRE

If the last two seasons are any indication, a lot of the players that get formal meetings with Kansas City could end up on the roster. In the last two years, six players the Chiefs met with formally at the combine ended up drafted by the team, with three in 2018 and another three in 2019.

Chris Jericho insults ‘Aaron Mahome’ at AEW show in Kansas City | SportingNews

Chris Jericho tried to insult sidearm-throwing, MVP-holding, soul-stealing, reigning Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes at an All Elite Wrestling “Dynamite” show Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.

Tyrann Mathieu explains how Chiefs stopped 49ers at end of Super Bowl | NBCSports

“We knew that obviously they were gonna try to get the ball to [George] Kittle,” Chiefs defensive back Tyrann Mathieu said Thursday on Fs1’s “First Things First.” “But most importantly I felt that Deebo Samuel was their guy.” 

NY Jets reportedly eyeing Stefen Wisniewski in free agency | TheJetPress

The NY Jets are expected to explore the free-agent market this offseason when it comes to the offensive line position. One unheralded player who could reportedly be a target of the Jets is veteran Stefen Wisniewski.

NFL Free Agency 2020: Best Potential Bargain at Every Position | BleacherReport

The biggest deals usually come in the first few days of free agency. However, the biggest deals aren’t always the best. Sometimes unheralded signings prove to be the most impactful because they combine value with production.

Battling a brain tumor, a Super Bowl surprise for a Smilow Cancer patient | Fox61

34-year old Maurice Weston has always been a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, so when his team won the Super Bowl earlier this month their was reason to celebrate.

XFL 2020, Week 4 odds, picks: Roughnecks top Renegades to stay unbeaten, Defenders return to form | CBSSports

We might’ve thought we knew who was for real after two weeks of XFL action, but then Week 3 came along and blasted our expectations into the ground. Fortunately, then, it’s already time for more football that will help us sort out the pecking order.

XFL Predictions: Week 4 Picks for Every Game | AthlonSports

Three weeks into the XFL season and just one undefeated team remains. The Houston Roughnecks are the last team standing in that respect following the DC Defenders’ 30-point road loss to the Los Angeles Wildcats. Will Week 4 feature more surprises?

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Into The Afternight, Our 3rd Shift Open Thread https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/into-the-afternight-our-3rd-shift-open-thread-268/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/into-the-afternight-our-3rd-shift-open-thread-268/#comments Fri, 28 Feb 2020 05:00:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=36195 I had actually planned on putting up Mighty Quinn tonight, what I hadn’t planned on was stumbling across this little gem from a decade later. Whether you liked their first cover or not, this updated version’s worth a listen.

While browsing further I came across this. LB’s one of my favorites, and since it’s also a live performance from 1978 it ties in with the first one quite neatly. What’s on your minds tonight?

With that, time’s yours.

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Thursday Night Open Thread https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/thursday-night-open-thread-25/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/thursday-night-open-thread-25/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2020 23:30:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=36044

Football?

Discuss!

This is brevity.

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Will Brady return to the Patriots? Will it matter? https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/will-brady-return-to-the-patriots-will-it-matter/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/will-brady-return-to-the-patriots-will-it-matter/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2020 19:00:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=35915 When a 3x MVP and 6x Super Bowl champion goes on the free agency market it’s going to be the biggest news story, even if that guy is old enough to be a grandpa. And this morning there were a couple NFL insiders who suddenly reached the same conclusion.

Fans and the media alike will hail this as the end of the Patriots dynasty, which in a sense it is, since Brady and Belichick have been the only constants since their first Super Bowl win over the Rams in 2001. But Brady leaving doesn’t necessarily make them worse, and Brady doesn’t necessarily make his new team better.

Consider that in 2019, Brady’s ANY/A (which is basically a better version of passer rating from Pro Football Reference) was 6.24, good for 17th in the NFL among those who had 224 pass attempts. That’s lower than other free agent quarterbacks like Tannehill, Rivers, and Bridgewater, and also lower than guys who are in the “not a free agent, but could be replaced by Brady if he decided to go there” category like Dak Prescott and Derek Carr.

So it begs the question. Brady leaving the Patriots will certainly be interesting just because of how long he’s been there and the amount of success he’s had, but will it make any real, actual difference in how the 2020 season shakes out?

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Arrowhead Guys Hall of Chiefs https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/arrowhead-guys-hall-of-chiefs/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/arrowhead-guys-hall-of-chiefs/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:00:00 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=34751 Embed from Getty Images

An idea was presented earlier this off-season on how we, as a community can honor our most beloved Kansas City Chiefs players and coaches. So today we are releasing the first ballot of twenty names to be selected upon by you.

You will get five selections, and once the top five names have been tallied we will release the inaugural 2020 Arrowhead Guys Hall of Chiefs class. Each of the five inaugural winners will have an article dedicated to their achievements while being a member of the Chiefs.

Below is the first ballot of twenty names. Next year we will add five more names to replace the winners and continue this tradition.

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Chiefs Franchise Tag Chris Jones https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/chiefs-franchise-tag-chris-jones/ https://arrowheadguys.com/2020/02/27/chiefs-franchise-tag-chris-jones/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:42:30 +0000 https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=35924 Probably not much of a surprise to anyone around here, but the Kansas City Chiefs used their franchise tag on DL Chris Jones today. The window for using the tag opened today, and the team wasted no time in making sure the league knew Jones was tagged.

Now we wait to see if a deal gets worked out, or if he is traded just like Dee Ford was last off-season. What are you hoping for in all this Arrowhead Guys?

Edit: Note that the Chiefs haven’t actually officially given him the tag yet, and they don’t currently have enough cap space to even do it. That means some sort of move will need to happen first.

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