The Arrowhead Fix: Two Days to Gameday

Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (6) kicks an extra point with the help of punter Dustin Colquitt (2) against the San Diego Chargers in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Diego won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  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 today.

Welcome to The Fix.

It’s two days until game day, Addicts. There is quite a lot going on around Chiefs Kingdom as the team prepares to travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs on Saturday. One of those things going on is Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop trying to get his groove back.

By now we’ve all see the missed field goal that shouldn’t have been a miss to lose the game that the Chiefs should have won. (My editors will have a blast with that sentence.) Sam Mellinger over at the Kansas City Star has a great piece up this morning talking about how Succop will need to get better in the post season, but how the Chiefs are historically notorious for missing kicks in the playoffs.

“That was an important kick,” Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub said Wednesday. “He knows he needs to get everybody’s confidence back. He needs to make a bunch of kicks in a row now. And these ones coming up in the playoffs are critical.”

As the Chiefs prepare for the Colts, so are the Colts preparing for the Chiefs. Kind of going inside the mind of the enemy, we take you over to the Indianapolis Star with a piece by Rick Venturi where he details how the Chiefs will adapt in the rematch game.

On defense, controlling Jamaal Charles will still be the key but look for the Chiefs to attempt to get him more explosive play opportunities. Look for more weakside runs. Also prepare for more “pick” plays for Charles, where an offensive player “inadvertantly” gets in the way of whoever is covering Charles on pass routes. The Colts’ defense was successful because Charles was good, but not great. (Charles had 106 rushing yards, 38 receiving and a touchdown.) When he doesn’t have a monster game, the Chiefs become ordinary.

Finally, speaking of Charles, the Throwback Thursday post by Chiefs Historian Bob Moore is up at the Mothership talking about the history of Chiefs running backs.

Suddenly, running-back-by-committee was the all the rage with people who had once dismissed the idea. Moreover, it was being used everywhere in the league, should opponents care to look.*

The one-time debate suddenly took a turn when Holmes, suffering from repeated injuries, retired and Johnson assumed the entire workload. Just how much of a load should a franchise running back carry, one time proponents of one-back-only now asked, a question that we find repeated today in respect to Charles and his carries.

That’s it for today, Addicts. We are two days away from the Chiefs first post season appearance since 2010. Are we ready? I know I am.

Topics: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs, Ryan Succop

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