It is Wednesday and that means another round of great quotes from the Kansas City Chiefs. The following is some of the highlights of the Chiefs coordinators talking about their units on the field.
Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub
Q: What has made Knile Davis different than other returners you’ve had in the past?
“His size and speed. His speed, they miscalculated last week how fast he was once he got out into the open field. There were guys who had angles and he was gone.”
Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton
Q: Are you surprised with how quickly things have “fallen apart” for the defense recently?
“You go through stretches every time. Obviously, we’ve played some really good football teams here. We’ve had some teams hit some big plays, which adds into a lot of things that you don’t want to give up. You have to be really careful because if you lose, the things you believe in when you’re winning are still the same things you believe the most. We’re not going to give in on those things”
Q: Is it realistic to think you can get back to what you were at the beginning of the season?
“Oh yeah, definitely.We have to keep working to fix things all the time, we’re just like any other team in our league and (we need to) keep marching on from there. Again, not losing sight of what we’re trying to do here. The end result, we’re trying to win. That’s the bottom line. We try to do as much as we can on our unit to contribute to the team’s success.”
Q: How do you get the pass rush back?
“I think the key element is what people are doing to you. If you want to just throw the ball quick, the reality is there is not a lot you can do; you can leave people unblocked, drop the ball off and go.We love the sack. If there is one thing we know about a sack, is you’re leaving the field if it’s third down – that’s huge. You have to keep drilling down, keep working at it.”
Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson
Q: What do you see from him (Junior Hemingway) in the receiver position?
“He’s really come on as a receiver and as you see we’ve given him more opportunities in games to make plays. He caught a great touchdown pass again Sunday and he’s doing a nice job. He’s a young receiver and learning”
Q: Jamaal Charles’ yards per carry has gone up in the past few weeks and you guys have opened up the passing game, is there a correlation?
“Yes, there is. Obviously, when you have the ability to run the ball and run it successfully it has opened up some lanes down the field. I think that’s one thing you’ve seen really coming out of our bye week is the fact that we have been able to push the ball down the field a little bit more.”
Q: What do you do to work on the dropped passes?
“The guys are working hard after practice on the jugs machines with the balls, the tennis balls. They focus on it at practice. It’s something that we talked about. The guys know; they’re professionals it’s their job. It’s like runners with the ball, they have to hang onto the football, they know they have to catch the ball. Alex has to have trust and confidence to just go to them on the sideline and say ‘look I’m going to keep getting it to you and eventually it is going to stick.’ It’s just a matter of working it and overcoming it.”