Morning Huddle: Week 1 Is Upon Us!

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Here we go. 1 more day until Chiefs football. Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

Chiefs news for 9 September 2020

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Week 1 Injury Report | Chiefs vs. Texans | Chiefs.com

Travis KelceTEKneeLPFP
Derrick NnadiDTAnkleLPFP
Darrel WilliamsRBHamstringFPFP
Alex OkaforDECalfFPFP
Juan ThornhillSKneeFPFP
Deon YelderTETEFPFP
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Brandon CooksWRQuadLP
Phillip GainesCBHamstringLP
Cullen GillaspiaFBHamstringLP
Jonathan GreenardOLBAnkleLP
Lonnie Johnson Jr.CBHipLP
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Offensive Player Rankings, Week 1: Browns a top-5 offense? NFL.com

[1. Mahomes] Honestly, whom did you expect to see here? Mox from Varsity Blues? Nah … Mahomes’ body of work over the last two seasons gave me 503 million reasons to slot him at No. 1. All before he turned 25 years old, Mahomes was named league MVP (2018) and led his team to its first championship in 50 years, earning the Super Bowl MVP award along the way. He’s made history and is chasing more of it

NFL Power Rankings: B/R’s Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 1 | B/R

On Thursday, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will play host to the Houston Texans. There’s a full slate of games Sunday, including an NFC South showdown between Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

[No.1] “I’m just as excited, I’ll promise you that. Every time I go to the football field, Arrowhead Stadium, or whatever field we’re playing at, to get to suit up and play for the Kansas City Chiefs, I have the ultimate excitement, no matter if it’s preseason or the Super Bowl. I promise you I’ll have that mentality going into this first game.”

How the Kansas City Chiefs Can Redefine How Dynasties Are Built | SI.com

To have players buying into something like that, you have to consistently win. If you think back to the early 2000s and the dawn of the Patriots’ dynasty, Belichick wasn’t seen as a puppet master supervillain in a hoodie. Spygate started that. Before winning their first few Super Bowls, he also wasn’t seen as the callous, winning-above-all coach who would cut his son if his replacement could catch one more pass or do it for one dollar less.

Then you have Andy Reid, who in many ways is the anti-Belichick. Reid’s an offensive genius, while Belichick’s brilliance was born in defense. Reid has a reputation, fair or not, for brain-farting time management and challenges in critical moments. Belichick is both loathed and revered for his obsessive maintenance of those details, many times giving the Patriots the edge in close games. Belichick spent the last two decades winning titles at an unmatched pace. Reid spent them struggling to get to the top of the mountain just once.

The next NFL dynasty will not come when someone else figures out how to copy “The Patriot Way.” That strategy builds no dynasty without its two architects. The next dynasty will come when another once-in-a-generation coach and quarterback find each other and begin building a new way that works only because they built it with their own unique gifts.

Why Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman is a Perfect Fantasy Football Sleeper | SI.com

I think the only reason he wasn’t more involved last year was because there was just so much for him to absorb. I love Hardman as a player. I love the idea of getting him in a double-digit round in a fantasy draft this year totally understanding that his usage won’t be high enough to ultimately justify having him in your starting lineup but as a flyer, I think he’s one of the smartest in the sport.

Chiefs’ Dave Toub ‘expecting good things’ from Mecole Hardman in Year 2 | ChiefsWire

“As the year went on, he got better and better and he got more confidence back there,” Toub told reporters on Monday. “Of course, we’ve got to block people up, I mean this group this week that we’re playing, they were number one in the league in kickoff coverage last year and kickoff and punt return too as well. So, we’ve got a good group coming in here, so we have to do a good job blocking. But he got better and better as the year went on last year and it kind of culminated in that game against Houston (Texans) with that 56-yard return that propelled us and kind of got us going in the right direction. So, you know he’s ready to take that next step. We’ve talked about it and I’m really, really excited about his future.”

What is Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo’s No. 1 concern heading into Week 1 vs. Texans? | ChiefsWire

“No question that’s my number one concern,” Spagnuolo said of tackling. “I’d echo that, if that’s what people are saying, I agree 100 percent. We’ve tried to simulate it as much as possible. We didn’t have a lot of live periods and we did a little bit of tackling in that way. I think the assistant coaches have done a great job getting it done as best they could. We have a big heavy bag out there we’re trying to hit. We try to put them in those positions. I don’t know whether this will help or not, but every day we watch tape of tackling, I’m talking about good tackles, how to tackle, so maybe it’s a visual thing. It’s a concern that we won’t know until we get into the middle of the game and see how some of these guys react.”

4 Kansas City Chiefs to watch vs Texans in week 1 | KCK

Once a long shot to make the roster, Wharton impressed mightily in training camp and earned his spot on the final roster. Yes, a lot of Wharton landing on the roster did have to do with Mike Pennel‘s two-game suspension, but hey – The guy deserves his moment.

Wharton will likely be thrown into the deep end of the pool right from the jump, as the Chiefs are going to need him to fill the gaps while Pennel is out. Keep an eye on the kid from Missouri S&T to see how he fares in his first ever glimpse of NFL action.

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Sammy was playing through contact well in this game and against man coverage that's what I want to see out of him. Great job securing the catch knowing he had little time to do so.

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Baker's full cadence here:

-"Can" is word to "kill" from one called play to another called play. Baker kills this play due to the down safety.

-"Rewinds" back to the original play when the safety goes back

"Turbo" means the cadence is now on the quick.

https://twitter.com/benbbaldwin/status/1306762986082766848?s=20

Twitter feed video.Baker's full cadence here:

-"Can" is word to "kill" from one called play to another called play. Baker kills this play due to the down safety.

-"Rewinds" back to the original play when the safety goes back

"Turbo" means the cadence is now on the quick.

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zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 4:27 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 3:00 pm

PFF

@PFF

Highest graded passers to contested targets since 2015:

Tom Brady – 94.5
Patrick Mahomes – 94.1
Russell Wilson – 94.1
Matthew Stafford – 93.5

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 2:55 pm

James Palmer

@JamesPalmerTV

Not a single player listed on the injury report for the #chiefs ahead of Thursday night. They’re good to go

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 2:57 pm

Adam Caplan

@caplannfl

#Texans are listing WR Brandin Cooks (quadriceps) as questionable vs #Chiefs.

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 12:07 pm

this is so exciting Finally football

sick of hearing you all talk about everything but football all off season

Season has started — FOOTBALL !

and you all are talking about racism and politics down below. UGGGhhh

let’s talk football

how about it ??

save that other shit for your open threads

better yet, save it for march april and may

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Leaf
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 12:12 pm

There’s really nothing to talk about till tomorrow. It’s the same ol shit we’ve rehashed a thousand times since the draft

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Leaf
09/09/2020 12:17 pm

funny I could have sworn I commented 10 times today and didn;t mention politics, racism or anything but football and it;s not tomorrow

Leaf
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 12:59 pm

I said it’s the same ol shit. Funny how the things you mentioned fall into that category 😜

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Leaf
09/09/2020 1:04 pm

leaf, don’t you have something to do ???

Leaf
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 1:10 pm

What? Do you think I actually do work when I’m at work?

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Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 1:33 pm

My two fantasy football teams are stacked!

(Waiting for Zulu to not give a fuck about my fantasy football teams)

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Severely Concussed
09/09/2020 1:36 pm

who gives a f**k

. . . oh wait, that’s talking football !

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zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 11:50 am

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 11:33 am

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larch
larch
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09/09/2020 1:08 pm

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 10:57 am

PFF

@PFF

Most deep completions last two seasons:

1. Patrick Mahomes – 76
2. Russell Wilson – 69
3. Aaron Rodgers – 64
4. Baker Mayfield – 59
5. Deshaun Watson – 56

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zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 10:56 am

PFF Fantasy Football

@PFF_Fantasy

Most projected receiving TDs:

Travis Kelce – 9
Michael Thomas – 9
George Kittle – 8
Tyreek Hill – 8
Davante Adams – 8

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 11:04 am

Is that for the season or one game?

Leaf
Reply to  Chickennpickles
09/09/2020 12:13 pm

Got to be one game

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Leaf
09/09/2020 4:23 pm

first half of Houston game

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 10:55 am

MarkMaske

@MarkMaske

Under the protocols recently updated by NFL and NFLPA, Chiefs and Texans today undergo final PCR testing before Thursday night’s opener. Anyone with an inconclusive result still could be cleared through point-of-care testing Thursday if result is available 2 hours before kickoff.

zulu trader
zulu trader
09/09/2020 10:53 am

Albert Breer

@AlbertBreer

These positions have topped the $20M barrier …

• QB (Mahomes, $45M APY).
• DE/OLB (Bosa, $27M APY).
• DT (Donald, $22.5M APY).
• WR (Jones, $22M APY).
• OT (Tunsil $22M APY).
• CB (Ramsey, $21.0M APY).

These positions have not: S, ILB, TE, RB, G, C.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  zulu trader
09/09/2020 5:26 pm

Next one should be S or TE. I’d guess S first.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
09/09/2020 9:00 am

Was Von the last player on their team from 2015? Maybe their kicker?

Tyrone
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
09/09/2020 10:56 pm

Yes Miller, Bradon McManus is still the kicker, and they had a LB, Todd Davis who was just cut a few days ago.

Nasrani
Nasrani
09/09/2020 8:43 am

Welcome to Red Wednesday everyone!

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Warpath
Warpath
09/09/2020 8:09 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  Warpath
09/09/2020 8:13 am

Tomorrow is RED, Thursday!
Plan on wearing my RED @ gym at 4am

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  gonzangkc11
09/09/2020 11:34 am

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Tyrone
09/09/2020 6:05 am

Add another to the list of ‘highest paid defensive player ever who ended up being a bad signing’.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  Tyrone
09/09/2020 8:14 am

Zombies here in Denver..
Avs season over, Rockies & Nuggets not looking good
Now, Broncos

I dislike seeing any person injury, speedy recover

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  gonzangkc11
09/09/2020 8:53 am

There are other sports teams here in Denver besides the Donkeys? Who knew?

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Tyrone
09/09/2020 11:24 am

That sucks. 🙁

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Tyrone
09/09/2020 11:52 am

Hate to see that happen. As much as I disdain Denver, it’s always a bummer when someone’s job performance is limited because of this – and not on their own terms.

backbone313
backbone313
09/09/2020 6:01 am

Went down this rabbit hole yesterday

Takes will be different on here being World Champs and all of us awaiting Thursday night.

Guy- The NFL is dead and fans are woke cause protests during Anthem

Me- that has happened for years

Guy- woke now cause Cowboys are allowed to and owner never did

Me- Cowboys took a knee with owner in 2017

Guy- woke now cause decals on helmets

Me- so fans are woke know cause taking a knee, Cowboys and decals?

Guy- ratings will plummet cause woke

Me- the NFL draft killed it in the ratings in the spring

So my question on a football blog to you all…

Does anybody believe the NFL is dead for any reason someone can come up with for this or that?

Personally, they will completely dominate the ratings for every time slot and weekly ratings available. Like usual but more since most of Hollywood does not have much new content in the pipeline ready to roll out. Plus the lack of college football around. Plus the lack of destinations to watch either in person or at venues hosting in public.

Just to much for the anti-NFL crowd to overtake to believe the highest level of sports is dead

Thoughts?

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 6:26 am

I think you should quit finding enemies in every shadow. The Chiefs are about to defend their world championship – allow yourself to enjoy it. 😁

Leaf
Reply to  Team Player
09/09/2020 11:11 am

In this case I don’t think he trying to find enemies. Maybe there’s some more context I’m unaware of, but to me it seemed he was relating a conversation he had (with some obvious hyperbole) and asked our thoughts on it.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 7:34 am

Over exaggeration on his part. But there is a portion of people that will be soured by political messaging in the sport. My step dad said he will turn off the game if the players kneel during the anthem and I have seen that sentiment many times from many different people.

The problem is we will not know how many people will follow through because tv rating won’t be a true comp to any previous year. With most stadiums not allowing fans in the stands you will have several thousand more televisions on that wouldn’t if they were at the game. Then with bars and restaurants still operating at less than 100% capacity, there will also be more televisions on in homes.

The NFL will tout higher television ratings to everyone that will listen, but it doesn’t mean that their product has more eyeballs on it than ever.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 8:12 am

put $$$ on this lil boy is NOT a person of color
only a person of color, like myself truly knows

Now on the flip side of the coin…
everyone is given chances in life, most people on this site know my story…..been living on my own since 14 years old…I had tons of chances to take the easy path of fast $$$. But, I put myself thru college, Now, I’m THE BEST in my industry in the nation. What are you willing GIVE UP to get to the NEXT LEVEL? When you make it to the Top, send the elevator back Down to…..lift someone else back up.

Focused on faith, family, happiness & those Chiefs!!

LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
Reply to  gonzangkc11
09/09/2020 9:51 am

“only a person of color, like myself truly knows”
You are an ignorant racist.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
Reply to  LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
09/09/2020 7:13 pm

foolish comment.
That’s all you got out of my post

Maybe you haven’t read my other post – I love all people
Fact remains – only a person of color, knows what it has been like & still is

Refer to my 2nd half post.
Now on the flip side of the coin…
everyone is given chances in life

ArrowFan
ArrowFan
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 8:47 am

I say it depends on how far they take it and to what degree or flavor the social justice tastes like. If it ends up being NBA 2.0 then the ratings will drop. I’m feed up with being label a racist because of my skin color.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  ArrowFan
09/09/2020 8:48 am

I’m feed up with being label a racist because of my skin color

Ten thousand times this.

LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
Reply to  Nasrani
09/09/2020 9:52 am

You wouldn’t understand whitey, only a true person of color understands, you lil boy.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  Nasrani
09/09/2020 10:23 am

I don’t know, I’m white. I don’t feel like I’m being labeled a racist because people of color are pursuing justice.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 10:24 am

I’m all for justice, and as mentioned in other comments on other threads I believe that a lot more needs to be done to achieve said justice than the empty platitudes promised by politicians on both sides who try to drum up support from a certain oppressed voter base, then take power and continue to trot out the same policies re-branded under different names, thus perpetuating the cycle. That being said, I live in a college town. Here everything is racist.

Get the wrong haircut because you sneezed while the barber was using the clippers, and he accidentally took too much off? The barber must be racist!
Barista screw up your order at Starbucks because she was up all night taking care of a sick infant and added non-dairy creamer when you specifically asked for milk? Racist!

…It never ends.

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LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
Reply to  Nasrani
09/09/2020 10:37 am

It never ends.

And it never will. Nothing will ever be enough, you will never understand because you are a lil boy. You are not a person of color. What relationship would you have with the “struggles” of these millionaires?
Dislike it, you are a racist. Agree that there needs to be more done, still a racist because you are white. Don’t say anything, get yelled at in your face about how white silence is violence.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
09/09/2020 10:39 am

This guy gets it.

LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 10:34 am

Justice, you mean like the ignorant racist above assuming that just because someone might not be interested in football they are a “lil boy” and “not a person of color?”
Seems like they are doing a fine job of putting on those “labels” that we hear so much about.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
09/09/2020 10:43 am

He’s joking around and you’re getting all butthurt. You’re just coming in here picking fights. Ya wanna know how I know? Cuz sometimes I do it too. We all do.

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LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 10:49 am

Oh that is real rich. When it is a person of color labeling some a “lil boy” and “wouldn’t truly understand” is it just joking.
White person does that, better get on down to Target and start the looting because of the HORROR.
Get the fuck outta here with that.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
09/09/2020 10:58 am

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LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
LyingDogFacedPonySoldier
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 10:59 am

+1

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 10:38 am

Same.

Leaf
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 11:24 am

Then you aren’t listening close enough. I’m cool with the African American community protesting equality. Where the problem comes in is when anyone points to flaws in their arguments or offers a less than popular interpretation of events, the vitriol is off the charts.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  Leaf
09/09/2020 12:05 pm

I’ve been listening a long time. Same old arguments, just more amplified. By the way, both extremes are wack.

Leaf
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 12:23 pm

I agree that the extremes on both sides are crazy. Unfortunately it’s the guys in the middle that aren’t trying to have a rational debate that are getting to apart. There’s a mob mentality going on which is infectious. If you aren’t with them, you are against them.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan
Reply to  probablyamistake
09/09/2020 11:27 am

You don’t understand what their definition of systematic racism means then.

Leaf
Reply to  Nasrani
09/09/2020 11:20 am

The irony of that statement is hilarious

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  ArrowFan
09/09/2020 10:36 am

Yeah, if it is a matter of everyone kneeling during THE anthem and standing for the “black anthem” I will know the NFL and it’s players are too far gone for me. How about the players, especially the ones really making money, show some support for a country that has acknowledged and protected their fundamental rights as human beings and enabled them to reach such success regardless of skin color.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 8:47 am

I think this whole “woke” thing – where people are offended by the slightest thing – is just bored middle-aged types with access to the internet and nothing better to do.

That being said, systematic racism is a thing, and needs to be fixed. But the modern day culture, and the #hashtagactivism world in which we find ourselves, needs to wake up to the reality that not everything is offensive and that just because someone disagrees with the activities of someone else/an organization/an institution, it is not oppression and that person need not always be offended over every little thing.

Leaf
Reply to  Nasrani
09/09/2020 11:35 am

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Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Nasrani
09/09/2020 5:31 pm

Wong. It is bored types of all ages.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 5:32 pm

Eh, the extracurricular stuff hurt ratings and attendance a bit, but it’s a far cry from making the NFL “dead.”

3rdnlong
3rdnlong
Reply to  backbone313
09/09/2020 7:29 pm

There still are a lot of tickets for sale though. Just went to Stub hub and you can get lots of tickets. Granted, it’s in the $140’s range for the cheapest, and it is supposed to be 90% chance of rainfall tomorrow. And there’s Covid too.

But you’d still expect all of our seats sold out for the first game of this season. Coming off our SB victory with most of the team intact vs. a team we roared back from a deficit in the playoffs!

I’m seeing these empty seats as a combination of all these issues, plus some who disagree with the political leanings of activism, as the reason.

Team Player
Team Player
09/09/2020 5:53 am

Camped out at HyVee. Doesn’t anyone open before 6:00?

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Team Player
09/09/2020 7:22 am

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Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Severely Concussed
09/09/2020 8:08 am

Touche. Anyone with Red Friday flags. Point is moot at this point because mine is flying just below Old Glory now

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Team Player
09/09/2020 10:39 am

Kansas City Chiefs

@Chiefs

We’re selling these flags quickly!

Here’s an updated map of where flags are still available AND where you can purchase online http://chiefs.com/redfriday

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