Chiefs news for 11 January 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs will take the field next Sunday against Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium in their Divisional Round playoff game, the NFL has announced.
“Davis is a powerful blocker with some grinder to him, and projects as a day one starter at guard in the NFL. He might be best suited for teams that are heavy gap/power offenses with inside zone mixed in, but really his abilities translate to any NFL offense. Given the variety in what the Chiefs do offensively, Davis is an immediate fit.”
Listed at 6-4 and 315 pounds, Davis is the type of tone-setting offensive lineman that Kansas City sought out when they signed Kelechi Osemele in 2020. He’s a difference-maker in the run game, but also equally impressive in the passing game, not allowing a single sack in over 450 pass-blocking snaps in 2019. He has the versatility to play either guard spot and could probably fill in at center and right tackle in a pinch.
It’s not that the Chiefs have a shortage of internal candidates who could step up and fill the vacancy if and when Eric Bieniemy leaves to take over a new team. Instead, it’s become clear that Pederson is on shaky footing in Philly, even after delivering a Super Bowl win in his first season with the team.
It could also be considered unfair for the Chiefs to bring him back. Current assistant coaches like quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, who is often mentioned as Bieniemy’s likely replacement, would likely not appreciate someone coming back to steal away a potential promotion with such a high-profile team.
As one source put it, conversations between Lurie and Pederson are “ongoing,” and they will be meeting again to continue to conversation. Lurie wants to have confidence in Pederson’s vision for the team moving forward.
So, yes, Lurie could still decide that he doesn’t like Pederson’s vision for the franchise. And if Lurie sufficiently dislikes Pederson’s vision, the coach who has gone 46-39-1 record over five seasons, who won a Super Bowl to cap the 2017 season, and who took the team to three straight playoff appearances from 2017 to 2019 could be out.
In the early going, it looked as if the Houston Texans were going to be the likely landing spot for Bieniemy. Interim head coach Romeo Crennel commented on Bieniemy’s readiness for the job, and Deshaun Watson was also asked about it as the season ended. After Bill O’Brien‘s tenure as head coach, it was clear the organization was going to search for an exciting new coach and Bieniemy seemed like the ideal candidate to help build a dynamic offense around an already elite quarterback.
On the one hand, one reporter has a source saying, “I’m hearing that Eric Bieniemy wants nothing to do with that job and would not take that job, wants nothing to do with the nonsense that exists over there.” On the other hand, the other is leaning on a different source insisting the interest at least was there in the past.
Working against Bieniemy is the rule that prevents him from being hired until the Kansas City postseason run ends. Only when an assistant from a potential Super Bowl team is the clear-cut top choice for a given team will that team wait for him. If all other things are equal, the guy who’s available now will be hired.
Bieniemy may sense that his ship won’t be coming in this year. As one league source explained it to PFT, Bieniemy is privately saying that he wants to stay with the Chiefs until he finds the perfect job.
Todd McShay revealed his predictions for every first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft (ESPN Insider subscription required) and had the Kansas City Chiefs taking Derion Kendrick of Clemson with the No. 32 pick. Kendrick’s 2020 season resulted in him recording 18 tackles, six defended passes, one sack, and one interception.
The Chiefs need to consistently be drafting cornerbacks because it always seems to be an area of need for them. That makes sense too, considering how pass-happy the NFL is. Teams need to have good secondaries to prevent their opponents from throwing on them all day long.
“I had so much fun this year, to be back in the locker room and on the field to play a game I love and to lose yourself in it is one of the great feelings in the world,” Smith said, via John Keim of ESPN. “My wife has been through a lot, my family has been through a lot but that’s for another time and place.”
“It’s not the way you want to finish a season,” Smith added of being inactive. “To even be in this situation is something that if presented to me a year ago, two years ago, I would have jumped at it.”
Following Super Wild Card Weekend, next week will mark the first playoff test for the top-seeded and defending Super Bowl Champion Kanas City Chiefs in the AFC and the top-seeded Green Bay Packers in the NFC.
Sunday, Jan. 17
- AFC No. 6 seed Cleveland Browns or AFC No. 5 seed Baltimore Ravens at AFC No. 1 seed Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS, CBS All Access, ESPN Deportes)
- NFC No. 5 seed Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFC No. 2 seed New Orleans Saints, 6:40 p.m. ET (FOX, FOX Deportes)