Kansas City Chiefs: Reflections on an ugly win
* Tyreek Hill is a special player. Look, what Hill did in college is reprehensible and if he does something like that again he deserves whatever is coming to him, but he’s a special player on the football field. With Jeremy Maclin out the Chiefs targeted Hill more than anyone, even Travis Kelce (more on him in a minute). He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands and leaves fast NFL defenders behind in the blink of an eye. If the Chiefs can get everyone healthy at some point this season they may have the best collection of skill players we’ve ever seen in KC even with Jamaal Charles on the IR.
* What’s up with KC not getting Travis Kelce and Chris Conley more involved with the offense? I get that sometimes you have to take what the defense gives you, but those two are physically gifted enough that you can find ways to get the ball in their hands. Andy Reid’s offense with Alex Smith at the helm should consist of a healthy dose of slants and crossing routes that get the ball out fast. Both Kelce and Conley have the speed and physical stature to thrive on those routes. I just don’t get it. It seems like such a simple way to play to their strengths and get this offense clicking. Am I missing something here?
* I pride myself in being able to admit my mistakes. This offseason I wanted Laurent Duvernay-Tardif replaced in the starting lineup either through the draft or a free agent signing. The Chiefs were smart to be patient with him. The guy is paying dividends now and I’m not so sure he hasn’t been their best offensive lineman over the course of their current winning streak. He still makes a mistake now and again but he has a combination of power and athleticism that is undeniable and unlike last season it seems like his awareness and technique is coming around too.
* Cairo Santos is nails. Remember when we worried about letting Ryan Succop walk? We should have known better than to doubt that Dave Toub guy. Seems like he might know what he’s doing.