Chiefs news for 14 September 2020
“I’m so impressed with the young man,” Mathieu said. “Obviously, I’m a huge LSU guy. I bleed purple and gold. I’ve seen him stick his foot in the ground like that many a time. I’ve seen him bounce off plenty of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State guys. He’s a great guy for us. I think he’s going to continue to add to this offense and give us that spark that we need. I feel like he really showed up today and we played a balanced game all-around. I think he was a big part of that.”
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“Listen, I’m proud of our guys, but we have a ton of things we can work on, so that’s a plus,” Reid told reporters. “And these guys are willing to do that. They know that. And once they have a chance to look at the tape and see what they’ve got, they’ll hit the drawing board, as you’d say, and get busy on working on those things. The coaches likewise—we’re all knocking the rust off. But I’m proud of the guys. I don’t want to take away from that, I’m proud of how they handled this.”
While the Chiefs did have to prepare to play a bit before everyone else, they’re now enjoying the ability to soak in football just like the rest of us.
Since there’s no official Chiefs action to watch on a Sunday and Monday filled with NFL action, we thought we’d identify a few key storylines to make today more entertaining for K.C. fans. Keep an eye on these aspects of Week 1 as football gets underway.
Outside of the first drive where he got a bit turned around and the Texans receiver dropped the ball, rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed looked extremely good. He was good enough to the point that, if he keeps this up, Bashaud Breeland isn’t getting his spot back upon his return from a four-game suspension.
Sneed’s size and athleticism was on full display, and he even chipped in an interception. Yes, it was thrown directly to him after Mathieu hit Watson’s arm, but it’s still nice getting the first turnover out of the way. Sneed added an impressive return as well. Huge performance against a very good offense.
The Chiefs ran the ball 34 times in Week 1, with the bulk of those carries going to rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire who posted an impressive debut line of 25 carries for 138 yards and 1 touchdown. He displayed his unique ability most prominently at the beginning of the third quarter with a dazzling 27-yard run, where he froze multiple defenders in their tracks with his violent cuts.
The Chiefs offense was expected to score points, but the reliance upon the run was not. In the two seasons Mahomes has served as the starting quarterback, the team has only eclipsed 30 rushes in a game on three occasions, but all of those games come up short of the 34 carries in last night’s performance. In fact, of all the teams that made the playoffs in those two years the Chiefs ran the ball the fewest times on average.
“Yeah, well, I complement our veteran players for that because they welcomed these guys in, and then our coaches for doing a nice job,” Reid said. “I mean, if you look at the coordinators, Spags [Steve Spagnuolo] has done a phenomenal job, and his coaching staff, of making sure the young guys work in there. EB [Eric Bieniemy] and our offensive staff have done the same thing. And then Dave [Toub] always believes that if they’re not going to be able to work in on the offense or defense, they can learn angles and speed on special teams and still be effective. So, all of the coaches believe in that, and then Brett [Veach] has done a nice job of drafting, first of all, and then, too, bringing our team back together.”
Every NFL player and coach passed COVID-19 tests that were administered Saturday morning, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The negative results mean that everyone should be able to participate in Week 1, pending a stadium health check.
Per the NFL’s COVID-19 testing protocol (h/t ESPN), which was finalized at the beginning of the month, players, coaches, and anyone in direct contact with the team is tested for the virus six days a week—every day except for game day. For Sunday 1 p.m. games, players receive their last test at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. For later games, the test happens at 10 a.m. the day before.