Tyreek means everything
While everything we said about the efficient and not exciting offense is true heading into the postseason, what we also learned today is that Tyreek Hill is the key that unlocks this entire offense. Even the threat of what Hill can do is what helps open up everything else in the playbook, so even if Hill doesn’t come away with much in the box score, the truth is that others found their way forward because Hill was drawing the attention that he does from opposing coordinators and defensive backs.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Hill was dealing with a foot injury from the moment the first quarter began—a heel issue that reports say started during warmups. For some reason, the Chiefs didn’t want to call it an injury, but it felt like silly semantics when Hill was clearly limited on the sidelines and limping when he did play.
The Chiefs had a tough time moving the chains for a couple of reasons—the slippery turf did not help anyone at Mile High—but without Hill, it was painful to watch at times. No one else is as dangerous as Hill and Travis Kelce can only do so much. Asking more of role players is simply demanding something they cannot provide, so we can only hope Hill will be okay when the Chiefs play next.