Chiefs news for 15 January 2020
The Chiefs running backs have struggled in pass protection this season. Edwards-Helaire has posted 17.1 grade on the season and Williams a 21.0 grade per Pro Football Focus. Bell’s effort in pass protection with the New York Jets was lackluster but still better than either of the Chiefs’ running backs at a 32.4 grade through two games. You can hardly blame Bell for it either. Anyone’s effort would be minimal if they were stuck on a pitiful team with a coaching staff that didn’t want them. If you go back to Bell’s tape with the Steelers, he was excellent in pass protection, especially when being asked to pick up a blitz.
If he can be had for a team-friendly price, there isn’t a lot of downside to signing Bell. Listen to the podcast above for the full explanation but the fact of the matter is the Chiefs are not very deep at the running back position. Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson aren’t scaring anyone and CEH is still a rookie. While CEH would clearly still be the lead back if Bell were to join the team, the depth Bell would bring to the position group alone would be worth the signing. Bell would be one more weapon defenses would have to worry about and he would also enable the Chiefs to give CEH rest during games and throughout the season, which will especially be important considering Edwards-Helaire will be playing a 16-game+ season for the first time in his life.
The defending Super Bowl champions may be getting another offensive weapon. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, running back Le’Veon Bell is looking for somewhere he will have an opportunity to win and be involved in the offense. Fowler noted “many people around [the] league” think the Kansas City Chiefs are a potential landing spot. Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com reported multiple teams are inquiring about Bell.
Do the Chiefs Really Need to Sign Le’Veon Bell?
Even with Bell in the mix, the situational playcalling would still need to change. Edwards-Helaire hasn’t been put in the best positions to succeed when it comes to running the ball and I don’t think there’s much Bell would change on that front if he were to join the team. One loss doesn’t mean the Chiefs have to abandon the whole system and bring on a running back who hasn’t had a rushing attempt go for more than 19 yards in 264 carries.
Would I be mad if Bell came in on a veteran minimum, one-year deal and scored some touchdowns while helping the Chiefs “Run it Back?” Absolutely not. That would be fun and I would be glad I was wrong. I’m not that cynical. But Kansas City doesn’t need to go back to the buffet with their plate already full.
Chiefs host LB Emmanuel Smith on a visit | ChiefsWire
According to the NFL’s official transaction report, the team brought linebacker Emmanuel Smith into the facility for a visit. Smith, of course, was previously a member of the practice squad in Kansas City, joining the team at the onset of the 2019 NFL season. He spent the entirety of the 2019 season on the practice squad through Super Bowl LIV, signing a reserve/future deal to return to the team in 2020.
So what has prompted the team to bring Smith in for a visit and potentially bring him back into the fold? Starting LB Anthony Hitchens injured his hand during the Week 5 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. He ended up finishing the game, but he had to sit out a few series with injuries at different junctures. Andy Reid didn’t have an update on Hitchens’ injury after the game or on Monday, so that’s something to keep an eye on.
[No.2] The Chiefs were eventually going to lose. It hadn’t happened since last November, so really, they were overdue. But it was how Kansas City lost that makes you wonder. Derek Carr and the Raiders piled up nearly 500 yards of total offense — with five plays of at least 40 yards — and Patrick Mahomes was regularly running for his life against a Vegas pass rush that had been lifeless before Sunday. Mahomes was pressured 16 times on Sunday, the second-most pressures he has faced in an NFL game, per Next Gen Stats. Mahomes’ first interception of the season, a huge turnover midway through the fourth quarter, came on a throw made from a crumbling pocket. Was this merely a bad week … or a sign of bigger issues?
“(Mike) Remmers would be the one who steps in right now,” Reid said Monday. The Chiefs signed Remmers to a one-year deal during the offseason and he provides plenty of experience, having appeared in 79 games with 78 starts with six different teams from 2012 to 2019.
The Chiefs could still look to bolster the roster with a free-agent signing. But if the team maintains the status quo, Allegretti projects as the main swing interior lineman. “He’s been in kind of that swing position and kind of covering the bases of both the guards and at center,” Reid said. “So, he’ll still be in that position.”
The 6-foot-5, 311-pound Rankin, however, should be viewed as a long-range consideration, not immediate help. Once he returns to on-field work after spending six weeks on the PUP list, the Chiefs will have a 21-day window to decide whether to activate Rankin to the active roster or shut him down for the rest of the season. “Rank(in) has done a good job of working to get back,” Reid said. “He’s not quite there yet, but he’s working at it.”