Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen insulted the Kansas City Chiefs defensive backs on Tuesday. Tyrann Mathieu responded in kind in a recent interview.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu recently sat down with SB Nation radio’s Alex Gold to discuss a number of topics on Tuesday, including some recent trash talk from a brand new rival.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver spoke to reporters earlier this week and was asked about the state of the division. The Chargers have reason to be confident in their roster construction given the amount of talent all around, but they’ve still finished second or worst behind the Chiefs for the last few years. Still that didn’t stop Allen from throwing shade on the Chiefs pass defenders.
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When asked about K.C., Allen responded with, “We just looked at their DB group and I’ll just leave it at that.”
Gold asked Mathieu about Allen’s words in his interview and how he feels about facing off against Allen and the Chargers. Mathieu was quick to point to the thing that matters most—the standings. He also said Allen needs a reality show for all of his emotions and feelings.
“I think the last few years, the Chiefs have pretty much won the AFC West,” said Mathieu. “I think a lot of receivers feel that way. I think we should give these guys a reality show to let them talk about their feelings and their emotions. They’re pretty much all over the place. He’ll have his chance to go against us and play against us. Quite honestly, we won’t forget things he’s talked about. It’s kind of easy for receivers to talk a lot of smack. They get 160 targets a year, so it’s easy to catch 90 balls, you know? He’s a pretty good player. He does well and plays offense. But yeah, I’ll just leave it at that.”
Mathieu joined the Chiefs this offseason with a three-year deal that will make him the replacement for Eric Berry, a franchise leader who was released this offseason as well due to two straight injury-plagued seasons. Mathieu will be the new leader in the secondary tasked with not only playing at a high level but also inspiring others to do the same. Mathieu has been vocal all offseason and sounds up to the task.
“I’m overly excited,” he said. “I can’t wait for the world to see how coach Spags is going to use me this year. I think it’s everything that people want to see. This is how they want to see me play football. They want to see me blitzing, get close to the ball and wreak havoc. I haven’t been this excited since my earlier days in Arizona. It’ll be fun for me and I really can’t wait to get back to the things I do well.”
Mathieu had 89 tackles last season for the Texans in 16 starts. He also intercepted 2 passes, defended 8 more, and had 3 sacks.