Morning Huddle: Divisional Round

 22 replies

Hitch and Danan return, Pederson out in Philly and some Divisional Round tidbits. Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

Chiefs news for 12 January 2020

Jump to Tweets | Jump to comments

Embed from Getty Images

NFL Divisional Round: Five things to watch in each game | NFL.com

2) Beating the Chiefs is not for the timid. The Browns showed against Pittsburgh that they are willing to stay aggressive with a lead, which is necessary against Kansas City. Cleveland’s coaching staff has also been incredibly flexible, adapting each week and within games as well as any staff in football. 

5) I’m not worried about the Browns’ offense staying efficient. They should be able to move the ball, but they don’t have a lot of options in coverage against Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Then again, who does?

NFL Divisional Playoffs Weekend Preview: Brady and Brees Set to Go Head-to-Head | B/R

This is the one matchup that clearly favors the Browns in this game. Chubb and Hunt combined for 206 yards from scrimmage Sunday night, and they’re the main reason the Browns had the league’s No. 7-ranked rushing offense in terms of DVOA

Now that unit hopes to have star veteran Joel Bitonio back from the reserve/COVID-19 list against the league’s 31st-ranked run D in that same metric. That unit performed better as the season wore on but still struggled to stop Melvin Gordon, Ronald Jones II and Alvin Kamara down the stretch.  

We could have just as easily gone with All-Pros Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce here, but the Chiefs don’t win last year’s Super Bowl without Jones. He was an absolute force in that victory over the San Francisco 49ers, and he’ll be charged with leading the defense against Mayfield and Co. on Sunday. 

Particularly dangerous for Cleveland is the fact Bitonio remains a question mark while they lost right tackle Jack Conklin to a hamstring injury against the Steelers. They can’t afford to be significantly short-handed in this spot. 

Andy Reid: Glad things are going well for Kareem Hunt | PFT

Hunt ran for two touchdowns in the win over Pittsburgh and scored 11 touchdowns in the regular season for the Browns. He signed a two-year extension with the team last September and Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Monday that he’s happy that Hunt has gotten back on track.

“I like Kareem,” Reid said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “I’m glad things are going well for him. He knows a lot of the guys who were on [the Chiefs] last year and probably felt bad about not being a part of all that. Most of all I’m happy for him that things are going in the right direction for him.”

Chiefs activate LB Anthony Hitchens, DE Mike Danna from reserve/COVID-19 list | ChiefsWire

According to the NFL’s official transactions report, the Chiefs have activated LB Anthony Hitchens and DE Mike Danna from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Hitchens tweeted last week, indicating that he’d returned to the team facility and would be back from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Danna was only recently placed on the list after being confirmed as a high-risk close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

The return of Hitchens is big news for the Chiefs. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Dec. 22 and missed Week 16 against the Falcons and Week 17 against the Chargers as a result. He’s typically the defensive signal-caller for the team. He wears the green dot and in his absence, the team had relied on Ben Niemann and Darius Harris to relay the play call’s to the defense. Hitchens has also been heralded as the “glue guy” on defense. He makes all the individual units work together and play at their best.

Patrick Mahomes: People are crazy if Eric Bieniemy doesn’t get a head coaching job | PFT

“His track record speaks for itself,” Mahomes said. “The type of man he is, the way he can control and be a leader of the locker room and the way that he coaches and schemes he brings to us. If he doesn’t, people are crazy.”

PFT reported this weekend that some around the league believe Bieniemy will not land a job and that he has told some people that “he wants to stay with the Chiefs until he finds the perfect job.” Mahomes said he’d love to have Bieniemy around for another year, but believes he “deserves that opportunity to lead his own franchise and his own team.”

Doug Pederson fired as Eagles head coach three years after leading franchise to Super Bowl | CBSSports

Pederson is the first Super Bowl winning head coach to be fired within three years after winning the title since the Colts‘ Don McCafferty in 1973. The Eagles and Pederson’s relationship soured over the past year, particularly with the front office meddling with his head coaching decisions. The Eagles fired Mike Groh — Pederson’s choice as offensive coordinator — one day after Pederson announced Groh would return to his position back in January 2020, a decision which irked the Eagles head coach. The final nail in the coffin was Pederson’s plan to promote Press Taylor from passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator and bring back Cory Undlin as defensive coordinator (Undlin was the Eagles defensive backs coach from 2015 to 2019 and a holdover from Chip Kelly’s staff). Undlin was the defensive coordinator for one season in Detroit, as the Lions allowed the second-most points in a season in NFL history. 

Report: Chiefs to re-sign WR Marcus Kemp to practice squad

According to Chiefs Digest’s Matt Derrick, the team intends to sign former Chiefs WR Marcus Kemp to the practice squad. Kemp originally signed as the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and has bounced between the roster and practice squad ever since.

In order to make room for Kemp on the practice squad, expect the Chiefs to move CB DeAndre Baker to the practice squad injured list. He suffered a fractured femur in the Week 17 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Look for the transactions to re-sign Kemp to be made official in the coming days after he clears COVID-19 protocols.

Jump to comments

Morning Bowl of (T)Weeties:

Arrowhead Guys Twitter:

Load More...

Local Chiefs Reporters:

Load More...

National Talking Heads:

Load More...

5 3 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
22 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Maw423
Maw423
01/12/2021 1:12 pm

K Hunt’s immaturity has me hoping Andy let’s us smear the poop stains all over the field Sunday.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Maw423
01/12/2021 1:18 pm

Not Andy’s style. KC 31, CLE 21

Maw423
Maw423
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/12/2021 1:41 pm

Hopefully their secondary takes the choice away from him then.

Warpath
Warpath
01/12/2021 11:53 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Warpath
01/12/2021 12:04 pm

comment image

ArrowFan
ArrowFan
01/12/2021 10:23 am

I’m sure other posts are going to be covering this, but did anyone see how many passing yards the Steelers had? 501 I know they were playing from behind all game but that said the Browns have one of the worst secondaries I have seen. PM15 is going to be able to eat them alive at will. The only way we lose this game is if we do the same thing the Steelers did and have 5 turnovers.

Leaf
Reply to  ArrowFan
01/12/2021 10:27 am

Yeah. I don’t see their defense stopping us unless we just refuse to show up and play sloppy as hell

Leaf
01/12/2021 10:22 am

By the sound of things, it seems the Eagles fall from grace is more the Eagles fault, and less Doug’s

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Leaf
01/12/2021 11:00 am

I think they just chose Wentz over Doug.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/12/2021 11:02 am

A huge mistake to choose either of them, but they chose the worst option.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
01/12/2021 9:44 am

Getting a little nervous because this feels like a “should win” game. I don’t like those. LOL

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/12/2021 9:59 am

You must not like 1st half leads either. LOL

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  probablyamistake
01/12/2021 10:14 am

I like 2nd half leads a lot more. LOL

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/12/2021 10:21 am

Especially when the clock hits 0.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/12/2021 11:14 am

Then you stay nervous, it’s seems to work pretty well. LOL

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/12/2021 10:42 am

I’ll feel better after the divisional game is over.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
01/12/2021 8:16 am

Sun game per Vegas – this morning:

  • Chiefs – still 10 point fav
  • Total points – 54 to 56

Weather 40 to 45 degrees for HIGH temp
6 to 9 mph wind

CHIEFS!!!

MasterBlaster7
MasterBlaster7
01/12/2021 5:10 am

First post!….yesssss.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  MasterBlaster7
01/12/2021 7:47 am

You have to celebrate the small victories in life

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan
Reply to  Severely Concussed
01/12/2021 8:06 am

This is what I keep telling her, but she insists that size matters

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  NM_ChiefsFan
01/12/2021 10:22 am

It’s not the size of the ship. It’s the motion of the ocean. But it’s awfully hard to get to England in a rowboat.

22
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x