Morning Huddle: Playoffs?

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Divisional Round, Chiefs vs Browns news intensifies and Patrick Mahomes says Kareem Hunt is still his dude. Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

Chiefs news for 13 January 2020

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Anatomy of a Divisional Round win: Can Cleveland’s iffy safeties survive Patrick Mahomes? | TDWire

Cleveland has gotten inconsistent safety play this season. That is probably due to the fact that their safeties are more strong safety types than anything else, and when asked to handle half-field or single-high responsibilities, the execution has been lacking. This video highlights some of the instances where the Browns secondary has given up big plays this season:

The Browns are considered the biggest underdogs this week, at least according to the minds in Las Vegas. Perhaps they’ve been watching the Browns’ safety play this season as well. Expect Reid and Bieniemy to dial up some shot plays early in this game to test the back half of the Cleveland secondary.

Chiefs’ Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes harbor no animosity toward Kareem Hunt | ChiefsWire

“Yeah, I mean that’s my dude, man,” Mahomes told KCSP 610 Sports Radio on Monday. “I came in with Kareem and obviously we’re not together anymore but we still stay in touch, he’s a heck of a football player and someone that was like one of my best friends when we first got on the team together.”

“Yeah, for sure,” Mahomes continued. “I actually texted him last night (Sunday). I mean he has a lot of success on that field any opportunity he gets and he’s a great football player and someone that I know will keep getting better and better as his career goes on.”

“He’s a special football player,” Mahomes said. “He works hard, he finishes every single play. He catches and runs. He can do it all. I’m happy for him that he’s back home in Cleveland and that he’s able to go out there and play really good football.”

“I still have a relationship with Kareem and he’s still one of my good friends,” Mahomes said. “We just had to continue to battle that year (2018) and now we’ve moved on and he’s moved on and we’re in good spots now. We’re going to continue to battle and we’re going to go up against a really good player and a really good football team this weekend.”

Texans request interview with Eric Bieniemy | PFT

The Texans’ failure to request a head coaching interview with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy right after the end of the regular season reportedly rankled quarterback Deshaun Watson and the team is now trying to go in the other direction.

Bieniemy will not be able to interview with the team until next week at the earliest. Bieniemy was available to interview with the Jets, Jaguars, Chargers, Falcons, and Lions last week because the Chiefs were on a bye, but he won’t be able to speak with the Texans until the Chiefs are done playing.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has clear plans to return to Kansas City Chiefs in 2021 | AA

NBC Sports recently conducted an interview with Duvernay-Tardif, and the lineman told them, “I look forward to a lot more football to come and being back on the field next season. Stay safe and go Chiefs!”

That makes LDT’s announcement so welcome at this point. Stability is on the way for next season from a player who will be fresh from a year away from the game. No one should doubt Duvernay-Tardif’s readiness given his ability to put in the work required to both start for a Super Bowl-winning team and pursue his education as a medical doctor. In 2021, Chiefs fans should expect him to step right back into his role at right guard and provide some much needed experience next to positions that might be changing as the team moves forward.

Biggest offseason needs and priorities for all 32 NFL teams: What to watch for in 2021 free agency |

Figure out a way to keep Tyrann Mathieu. The Chiefs have more than $190 million of salary-cap obligations for 2021, and all of those salaries won’t fit under the league’s limit. So they have some major work to do. They need to extend the contract of Mathieu, who would otherwise be in the final year of his deal, because he’s just too important for them to lose. The safety is a prime target for extension because his cap number is almost $20 million. — Adam Teicher

NFL playoffs: Which fan base most deserves to win a Super Bowl? |

[8] I did not publish this list a year ago, but if I had, Chiefs fans would have topped it — they richly deserved their eventual reward. Kansas City is easy on the eyes and armed with a superhuman under center in Patrick Mahomes. Andy Reid is the masterful coach who waited 21 years to win it all. After decades of teasing and torment, Chiefs fans now stare at a dynasty in formation. Kansas City is a favorite to repeat, but last year’s glory pushes this group to the back of the bus. 

National NFL analysts offer early thoughts on Chiefs-Browns playoff matchup | KCStar

This is one of those things about the Chiefs-Browns game: “The last time the Chiefs won a game by two scores was in Week 8 against the Jets. The last game that Patrick Mahomes played in was a 17-14 nailbiter over the Falcons at Arrowhead in Week 16, which was sneakily one of the best games of the year. The Chiefs’ pass protection and pass rush have been lackluster down the stretch. Mahomes was sacked 12 times in his last six games, while 11 of the 15 sacks Kansas City managed in the second half of the year came in three games. The tape shows the Chiefs’ lines routinely losing on both sides of the ball. In theory, this team is dominant. In reality, the Chiefs are beatable, just like the rest of the top of the NFL.”

This is an excerpt: “Cinderella time? Can the Browns keep the miracle alive? It’ll be tough to beat the rested Super Bowl champs, obviously. But I’m not a big fan of resting healthy players for three weeks before the playoffs, which is what Kansas City did with Patrick Mahomes. By game time, it will have been 20 days between games for Mahomes, and his last game was a 55-percent, 17-point shaky win over the 4-12 Falcons at home. Hard not to like the defending champs, but it’s also hard to love them unconditionally entering their Super Bowl playoff defense.“

The Chiefs Are Poised to Silence Doubters Against the Browns | AR

When the Cleveland Browns come into Arrowhead Stadium on the heels of an exciting victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, emotions will be high. There will be no shortage of storylines, whether it be Patrick Mahomes and Baker Mayfield’s college thriller, Kareem Hunt’s return to Kansas City or the potential for a Cleveland upset. What’s largely being ignored, though, is the prospect of a motivated Chiefs team with something to prove.

Mahomes is already great, but after hearing the chatter about him and his team, the NFL should be scared of what may be around the corner. Combine that with the core from last year’s championship team and a coach like Reid leading the pack, and there’s little reason to expect the Chiefs won’t hush their doubters on Sunday afternoon.

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01/13/2021 11:39 am

What is Vegas saying the over-under is on PM passing yards and TD’s.

01/13/2021 8:48 am

Something I just realized….
There are 8 teams remaining. We are one of them.
Of the other 7, we’ve already played and beaten 4 of them. If things go as planned Sunday, that will climb to 5.
If GB or LA end up playing us in the SB and we (of course) win, we will have beaten a full 3/4 of the teams that made it to the NFL’s Elite Eight, 85% of the possible opponents (since we can’t obviously play ourselves).
That’s a pretty damn impressive run against a clearly killer schedule.
I’m way too lazy to see if that kind of thing has happened before, so I’ll say it hasn’t and the Chiefs are amazing.

Reply to  NovaChiefs
01/13/2021 8:52 am

Dont sell us short….we beat ourselves during the Raiders Superbowl.

Reply to  dragon6172
01/13/2021 8:59 am

Well good thing the browns just played their superbowl !!!

Reply to  Stuckinpackland
01/13/2021 1:47 pm

no shit, sherlock!

I think we should send a nice “Thank You” card to the Steelers for allowing the Browns to “get it out of their system”

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Reply to  dragon6172
01/13/2021 9:29 am

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Reply to  probablyamistake
01/13/2021 1:58 pm

relax, think positive thoughts: happiness, joy, peace, love, music … your eyelids are getting heavy, you are falling asleep, asleep, asleep …


01/13/2021 7:47 am

It is good to hear that from the doc. I wasn’t convinced that he’d come back, particularly as the strain and demands on medical workers continue. I do believe that if he does return he will be in good shape if not game shape. He is not the complete answer to our OL concerns but he will certainly up the competition and add experience and familiarity to a position group that depends on all members of the group. You go, Laurent, I for one will be very happy to see you back in camp.

01/13/2021 7:07 am


Reply to  Warpath
01/13/2021 1:52 pm

I plan on living forever …

… so far, so good

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