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I still think the Chiefs 2018 defense could include some playmakers.  No. 46 overall DE Breeland Speaks didn't get a ton of opportunity last year playing behind Justin Houston and Dee Ford, and still has a lot of potential.  No. 75 overall DT Derrick Nnadi got hurt this season but did make some plays in the playoffs.  No. 100 overall ILB Dorian O'Daniel also got hurt this season and was the only player not practicing the final week heading into the AFC Championship game.  No. 124 overall S Armani Watts went on IR early in the season.  It's not realistic all of these guys are going to pan out, but the Chiefs have invested in recent years on the defense.  I expect more of the same with the upcoming draft.

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21 January 2019 - 05:46 PM

That's sh1tty

In Topic: Mahomes

21 January 2019 - 05:04 PM

I dont think they win their divison next season.

I do.

In Topic: Mahomes

21 January 2019 - 02:44 PM


At the halfway mark of Sundays AFC championship game, the Arrowhead Stadium faithful who braved 19-degree weather to watch a Kansas City Chiefs coronation were disappointed, annoyed and concerned and with good reason.

For 30 minutes, they had watched the New England Patriots build a 14-0 lead by doing everything better than the Chiefs. The Pats passed better, ran better, blocked better, tackled better, covered better and even coached better on the way to hogging the ball for 22 minutes and outgaining Kansas Citys vaunted offense 245 yards to 32.

So no, nobody who wanted the Chiefs to win on this cold evening was happy, least of all the players, who spilled into a locker room for a 10-minute therapy session that would soon turn fiery.

We had some spirited moments at halftime, one Chiefs player told Yahoo Sports, while shaking his head.

Especially 23-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was marginalized in the first half by Patriots coach Bill Belichick and de facto defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Mahomes had completed only four of eight passes for 65 yards, all while being sacked three times and hit several more as he uncharacteristically overshot a handful of targets.

Mahomes halftime response: Were gonna put up 30 this half, Mahomes promised, several players relayed to Yahoo Sports.

He led them out of the locker room shortly thereafter seriously, he was one of the first players to emerge from the tunnel and actually upheld his end of the bargain in the Chiefs 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots, one that incidentally revealed three realities about the Chiefs future.

Reality No. 1: Mahomes reaffirmed that he is the truth">Reality No. 1: Mahomes reaffirmed that he is the truth

In a second half littered with outrageous throws, the presumed league MVP threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns as he directed the Chiefs to 31 points.

Despite a 17-7 deficit heading into the fourth quarter, he threw touchdown passes that put Kansas City in front twice! and directed a four-play, 48-yard scoring drive in only 31 seconds that led to the tying field goal that forced overtime.

I think we just manned up nothing different, Mahomes said. They played the same coverages, we did the same things. Our guys just made plays.

But the Chiefs 31st-ranked defense, their Achilles heel all season long, failed to make those leads stand both times against Tom Brady, the bonafide G.O.A.T., and an expertly coached offense that aside from a few valleys ran roughshod over the Chiefs by pairing a varied, power run game with a quick passing attack to rack up 449 yards through four quarters.

So when the Patriots won the toss to start overtime and opted to receive, what came next wasnt a shock. On what turned out to be a AFC-championship clinching scoring drive, the Patriots converted three third-and-10s (all on Brady strikes) before handing the ball to Rex Burkhead three straight times in the red zone, with the last one a 2-yard plunge up the middle icing a win that sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the third straight season.

They counted on us in the biggest moment to go win the game, said Patriots center David Andrews, who helped paved the way for a 176-yard rushing performance. You cant ask for a better feeling.

Down the hall, you couldnt imagine a more bitter feeling for the Chiefs, who head into the offseason with a loss that also provided two clear mandates for where they must improve if they want to avoid a similar feeling of disappointment and wanting this time next January.

Theres a lot to hang your hat on the good, the bad and the ugly,

Reality No. 2: Fixing the defense will be a priority

For starters, while some will point to Fords offsides penalty in which he was not provided a customary warning, but nevertheless, ended up negating a game-ending interception late in the fourth quarter as a reason for the loss, doing so only excuses the far bigger problem Sunday: their 31st-ranked run defense, was a train wreck all season.

With a variety of straight-ahead run plays, New England controlled the tempo and clock, keeping Mahomes and Co. off the field as the Patriots won the time of possession battle by a staggering 43-20 advantage.

Run defense is want to, Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens told Yahoo Sports. We started off slow this year, got better and started taking it again. So weve got to work on that. Nothing else you can do but work.

Whats more, the Patriots strong run game prevented the Chiefs pass rush which led the NFL in sacks and pressures and was the only tangible strength of their defense from hunting Brady, as they did not sack him once and hit him a single time.

Improvement in this area plus a defensive backfield that needs more playmakers will likely come through a strong defensive draft (in which the Chiefs have four top-100 picks) and in free agency, where the Chiefs will have a little money to spend even if they can extend Chris Jones and Tyreek Hill.

And yes, the calls for a new defensive coordinator will be strong as well, though no one but Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows if thats in the cards. But theres one other area where the Chiefs will need to show more improvement in.

Reality No. 3: The protection under fire must improve">Reality No. 3: The protection under fire must improve

When it comes to blitz pickup, the Patriots took the Chiefs to school on Sunday, as Mahomes was sacked four times and hit nine times total because the Patriots kept sending the house while doubling Hill, their stud receiver.

They challenged us they came up and played man, and not a lot of teams have this year, Mahomes said. They put people in our face to see how we responded. The first half, we struggled. We couldnt make anything happen.

Seriously: stunts, twists, A gap blitzes, overload blitzes you name it, New England did it.

They blitzed about every down and played man coverage, Reid said. We made a few adjustments at halftime.

After which, the Chiefs put up 31 points. But it was too late.

Thats my responsibility, Reid said. Ill take that.

The offensive linemen didnt let themselves off the hook. Offensive line coach Andy Heck implored his unit to play better at halftime, saying the Chiefs were allowing too much pressure up the middle, but there wasnt enough improvement in the second half (despite the fact they contend they expected those blitzes were coming).

The Chiefs can expect defensive coordinators who will have seven-plus months to dissect Mahomes rookie-year tape to replicate that gameplan.

To counter that, prioritizing blitz pickup in practice and reinforcing the offensive line via the draft and free agency both seem like no-brainers. After all, New England got home so often Sunday that Mahomes sported a busted lip on the Chiefs final drive of the game.

That just shows the kind of day we had, center Mitch Morse said, shaking his head. He took it like a champ.

While the defeat is bitter for sure, many players noted afterward how tight the locker room is, and how much hope Mahomes performance gave them for the future. Not only did he challenge them at halftime after a miserable start and manage to follow through on his promise to score 30, he nearly lifted his team to victory despite being under constant duress.

Weve got a guy we can follow, a guy whos gonna play his butt off for us and we need to do the same for him, left guard Cameron Erving said. Hes something special we came up short, but he gave us something good to look forward to.

It was the type of performance that, provided the right additions are made, offered proof that this could be the start of an extended run, one not unlike the stretches the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers,

Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger and yes Patriots and Brady have put together under their elite, homegrown quarterbacks of their own.

We just have to find ways to start better, Mahomes said. Its something Ill look back on for my entire career and use it as something that I can find ways to win these games when Im in them.

In Topic: NFL Conference Championships Thread

21 January 2019 - 12:23 PM

This is what the game has become,inconsistency after inconsistency


that is sad :(