Morning Huddle: Browns It Is

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The Browns put a shellacking on the Steelers. The Chiefs have to come out ready to ball this Sunday. Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

Chiefs news for 11 January 2020

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Kansas City Chiefs to face Cleveland Browns in Divisional Round playoff game | KSHB.com

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.

Chiefs grab offensive line help in Touchdown Wire’s first-round mock draft | ChiefsWire

“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.

Doug Pederson could be a candidate to return to Chiefs after all | AA

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.

Doug Pederson is indeed at risk of being fired, as conversations with Jeffrey Lurie continue | PFT

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.

Has Eric Bieniemy’s desire to coach Texans changed in recent days? | AA

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.

Will Eric Bieniemy be shut out again? | PFT

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 predicts KC Chiefs will take Derion Kendrick in 2021 NFL Draft | KCK

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.

Alex Smith still mulling future in the NFL, Washington quarterback taking a few weeks to make a decision | CBSSports

“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.”

NFL announces playoff game schedule for Divisional Round | NFL.com

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)

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upamtn
01/11/2021 1:30 pm

shame about Pederson … really truly

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  upamtn
01/11/2021 2:23 pm

upamtn
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/11/2021 4:07 pm

I hope Pederson doesn’t have to “go that low”

John Doerty
John Doerty
01/11/2021 11:51 am

Is WPMOY a straight up fan vote? Seems dumb, given that we know basically nothing about the private lives of these guys. What we do know is generally finely curated, which makes us even less capable of deciding who deserves it.

slackator
slackator
Reply to  John Doerty
01/11/2021 2:58 pm

I hope not because its to prestigious of an award to leave up to twitter popularity. Every year there are lineman or backups that are deserving that if its a straight popularity vote theyll never be honored because theyre not a known name

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  John Doerty
01/11/2021 3:50 pm

Kelce’s pretty deserving based on what he’s done. That robotics program is never something I would expect a football player to found.

slackator
slackator
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
01/11/2021 4:12 pm

Kelces no doubt deserving but the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is up there with if not even a higher honor than the MVP, it shouldnt be a straight popularity contest. If the peoples vote is 1 vote or a very low percentage of the vote thats fine, but not straight popularity

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
01/11/2021 8:43 am

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/11/2021 11:26 am

Man, you sure pissed someone off. Welcome to the club. 🤣

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  probablyamistake
01/11/2021 11:40 am

LOL. And here I thought this was a positive thing.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/11/2021 11:53 am

Baker won though

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  Severely Concussed
01/11/2021 11:58 am

Because he had more weapons and a semblance of a defense (not a real defense mind you). OU wins the natty that year if they had their defense from 2020. I want peak Mahomes this week…and I think we’re gonna get him.

Warpath
Warpath
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/11/2021 2:27 pm

I like Natty.

HawaiiFiveOh
HawaiiFiveOh
Reply to  SCKSChief
01/11/2021 12:34 pm

Was this a basketball score?

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
01/11/2021 1:36 pm

Big 10 basketball wishes they scored that much.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
01/11/2021 2:18 pm

This was the game that pushed me, unabashedly, into the Get-Mahomes-Now camp.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
01/11/2021 8:34 am

Andy Reid record after a bye week 24-4 🙂

Chiefs bodies will have 20 days of rest
Fresh legs = come get some Browns

KC temp is bouncing per weather reporters: 40 to 44 degree for high temp. 7 mph ish wind
Great football weather.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
01/11/2021 8:19 am

Just like I typed on yesterday threads……….
Chiefs win Sun (1/17) by 9+ points

Vegas says Chiefs are 10 point fav
CHIEFS!!!

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  gonzangkc11
01/11/2021 8:20 am

Vegas other odds:
GB – 7 point fav
Buf – 3
NO – 3.5

Did I type: CHIEFS!!!!!
Browns – COME OUT TO PLAY

Last edited 15 days ago by gonzangkc11
SCKSChief
SCKSChief
01/11/2021 8:05 am

Much better DL matchup for the KC OL.

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
01/11/2021 7:46 am

Next up Cleveland , they better wear there brown pants…!!!!

Warpath
Warpath
01/11/2021 7:34 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
01/11/2021 7:25 am

The Browns put a shellacking on the Steelers in the first quarter, which was mostly the result of a bad steelers team continuing their late season implosion.

Had Tomlin gone for and converted that 4th and 1 at midfield late in the 3rd quarter (or was it early in the 4th), we’d be preparing for the Ravens and I would be extremely jealous that the Bills were getting to face the Steelers.

While the Browns have some bright spots, especially Chubb and Hunt, Baker seems to be entirely mediocre. Sure he can make some big plays but he way too often misses the easy ones.

workingmansdead
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
01/11/2021 8:22 am

They were completely discombobulated after that first errant snap. I’m confident they’d’ve won otherwise.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  workingmansdead
01/11/2021 8:24 am

You were confident they would to begin with. Oops 😉

workingmansdead
Reply to  probablyamistake
01/11/2021 9:26 am

Copy that

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  workingmansdead
01/11/2021 9:34 am

It was 28-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. The steelers scored 37! points in the next 3 quarters.

Last edited 15 days ago by DenverDonkeyHater
Tlback20
Tlback20
01/11/2021 7:24 am

I liked hunt but to say it’s personal for his own mistake? I hope we wipe the field with them now.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Tlback20
01/11/2021 7:38 am

Claiming it’s personal shows he still hasn’t accepted responsibility for his actions. Probably only a matter of time before he screws up again.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  Severely Concussed
01/11/2021 7:49 am

Truth can be a hard thing to accept sometimes.

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
Reply to  probablyamistake
01/11/2021 10:27 am

Hahaha, I seen what you did there..😂

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  rip58lovealways
01/11/2021 11:06 am

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upamtn
Reply to  probablyamistake
01/11/2021 1:30 pm

iknowright?

upamtn
Reply to  Severely Concussed
01/11/2021 1:30 pm

agree, and it made me sick when he said that … like “DUDE!” … nah, phuque that guy, he needs to grow up

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  Tlback20
01/11/2021 7:39 am

Agree. Next week won’t be personal, it’s strictly business.

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan
Reply to  Tlback20
01/11/2021 9:33 am

I like Hunt…on the field. Off the field, he’s not worth the trouble.

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