Chiefs news for 8 January 2020
Chiefs to sign P Dustin Colquitt to practice squad | ChiefsWire
According to numerous reports, Kansas City intends to sign their former punter, Dustin Colquitt, to the practice squad. The Chiefs released Colquitt following the 2019 NFL season after 15 years of serving as the starting punter in Kansas City. Colquitt has since bounced around a bit, in hopes of extending his playing career, spending time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and most recently the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kansas City seems to be interested in the luxury of having an extra specialist on the practice squad given the current COVID-19 situation across the league. Adding Colquitt to the roster protects them if one of their two specialists were exposed to the virus and placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. It also adds a well-liked player back to the locker room ahead of a playoff run, which should provide a big morale boost to all the players.
Mathieu believes that the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers, or the Chicago Bears should be the teams to reach out and see if Watson would be available in trade. It’s no coincidence that the only teams that came to mind are NFC teams. Mathieu probably doesn’t want to have to play against Watson in the AFC and if the Texans were to make a trade, they’d probably be thinking the same thing.
Albert Breer of SI.com supplies another reason for Watson’s consternation. Per Breer, Watson advocated for the Texans to hire Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. The Texans, however, became the only team with a vacancy to not even interview Bieniemy.
Breer explains that Mahomes “put in a strong word” for Bieniemy, which prompted Watson to push for Bieniemy. The Texans, who had said they’d consult with Watson, ignored Watson’s suggestion. And that undoubtedly has contributed to the consternation and frustration that Watson is currently feeling.
It’s not easy to keep a stacked roster together in the NFL. Chiefs cap guru Brandt Tilis deserves a ton of credit for his work: it takes foresight, discipline, creativity and shrewd decision-making to make all this happen.
It looks like Poles will interview Wednesday for the Carolina job. A rising star who we had on our watch list last week, the 35-year-old was Matt Ryan’s left guard at Boston College.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland comes in at No. 90 overall on their list, and their analysis has him landing a two-year deal worth up to $10 million ($5.5M guaranteed) to stay with the Chiefs in 2021 and beyond.
That said, it’s interesting that the Chiefs would need to re-sign Breeland when the team seems quite loaded with young, cost-controlled talent at cornerback specifically for the next couple years—especially after the gift known as Deandre Baker landed in their laps at midseason.
 Head coach (Andy Reid): A+ | QB (Patrick Mahomes): A+ Despite carrying 200-plus wins on his resume, Reid might’ve needed last year’s Super Bowl victory to fully earn the respect and recognition that he deserves. Although the veteran coach has been touted as an innovator and QB guru based on his work with Alex Smith, Donovan McNabb and others throughout his career, it has been his collaboration with Mahomes over the past three seasons that has earned him gold-jacket status as an offensive wizard. Reid has crafted an attack that lights up scoreboards around the league utilizing a variety of fun and creative play calls that showcase the exceptional talents of his quarterback and perimeter playmakers. The 25-year-old Mahomes has taken the league by storm as a generational talent with an extraordinary combination of arm talent, athleticism, instincts and intelligence. He can play the game on- or off-script while delivering jaw-dropping plays that separate him from others at the position. He’s a dazzling young player with an NFL MVP and a Super Bowl MVP already sitting on his mantle, and it’s hard to dispute his standing as the game’s ultimate QB1.
TE Kelce had a phenomenal receiving season, regardless of position. The tight end caught 105 passes for 1,416 yards, the second most of any pass catcher in the league, and he finished tied for fifth in receiving touchdowns with 11. His 2.7 yards gained per route run were the second most among tight ends (minimum 150 routes run), and he did most of his damage as part of Kansas City’s creative offense, which often moved him around. Kelce caught 76 of his receptions, gained 1,080 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on targets aligned in the slot or wide this season, marks that are all the most among tight ends. No team uses its star tight end in a wider range of situations with such a level of success, and the Chiefs’ approach produced a banner year for him.
23.5% I’ve become really interested in measuring how quarterbacks perform when they’re throwing off platform. In other words, when their body or stance isn’t set in the most optimal throwing position (legs, hips, shoulder, arm alignment). My overall premise is that success in this area is part of how the position is evolving in the NFL, based on college trends (the supply of new-school QBs) and pro play-callers leveraging these physical attributes. SPOILER ALERT: Patrick Mahomes is ridiculous off platform. Thus far, I have only measured five full seasons, so consider this a preview of some articles/findings to come. But when throwing off platform, Mahomes is nearly four percent more accurate in terms of completion percentage than any other QB who attempted at least 50 off-platform passes in this span. (The Chiefs QB sits at 65.9, while Deshaun Watson ranks second at 62.0.) This is more of a cool note than a super-predictive one, because I will give you more on Kansas City after its bye, but it is worth noting that the Chiefs’ Lombardi Trophy win percentage is exactly the same as the Bills’ chance to reach the Super Bowl, which exemplifies how valuable that bye is this season in the AFC.