Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning. Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.
Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.
Welcome to The Morning (Afternoon) Fix.
–It’s Friday before the Chiefs game and there’s a ton to talk about. Players and coaches have thoughts on the team and we here at Arrowhead Addict are here to fill you in on all the latest.
Note: All of the below quotes courtesy of Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com.
–First up, it’s special teams coordinator Dave Toub with his thoughts on spectacular punt returner/slot receiver Dexter McCluster:
“Punt return ability, that he has, is a natural thing,” Toub said. “It’s the same thing when I had (Chicago Bears KR/PR) Devin Hester, he has the same thing, you don’t coach it; you tell your hold-up guys where to set it up, where it possibly could hit and then the returner has to have a lot of natural instincts. There’s always going to be somebody he has to make miss, no matter how well you block, you can’t block them all. That (return) was a lot of natural, instinctive moves that you saw from Dexter.”
McCluster returned a punt 89 yards for a score last weekend against the Giants.
–Chiefs’ receiver Dwayne Bowe is undoubtedly a star player in the NFL, but his numbers haven’t been so great this season. Whether it be because of double teams, or Alex Smith’s ability to spread the ball throughout multiple targets. Bowe, who has only caught 13 catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, is dealing with this with humility though:
“I want to do whatever it takes to win,” Bowe said. “If that means drawing other defenders to me to leave other receivers open, I did my job. If it’s catching the ball and making a touchdown or making a down the field block, it’s all equal, you still get seven points. My job is to help this team win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
–Star outside linebacker Justin Houston was named the AFC’s defensive player of the month. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton talked about Houston:
“He has played really well. I know a lot of accolades come because of the pass rush and the sacks, but he’s been a really complete player. He drops in coverage; he plays the run pretty good and he’s obviously been successful against the pass. I think when you do all those things, that makes it a lot harder for the offense to plan and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to slide the protection.’ Well, hey, he might not be in the rush; he might be somewhere else and now you’ve got Tamba Hali on the other side. Those two guys have certainly complimented each other and the inside presence that Justin talks about all the time has helped him become successful. A lot of the sacks he’s got is because of other people tenaciously going after the quarterback. It’s been a group effort. We’re certainly excited for him and proud of what he’s done; that’s a great thing for him to have. We have to keep getting him better.”
Houston has notched 7.5 sacks so far this season.