Yesterday we got to see what Hill can do. The safeties were both really keying on Kelce in the middle of the field, and they were trying to take away Hill’s deep ball, so Hill was open underneath (his long pass TD was a lot of RAC yards). As @BShark and @Kcmatt7 said, Kelce and Watkins opened things up for KC against the Chargers. Once teams are having to dedicate an extra guy to control Hill, Watkins will open up, and Kelce will get one on one coverage again.
And that doesn’t account for Hunt getting going on the ground. Teams can’t put extra guys in the box, because Hill is too fast to walk up your safeties.
The Rams have a clear plan and are sticking to it. The Eagles had a clear plan last year and stuck to it. The Patriots and Steelers always have a plan and stick to it.
The question is, do the Chiefs have a clear plan, or are they just making moves?
It doesn’t hurt you to be aggressive at the corner spot in today’s NFL. Since you can’t get physical downfield, gambling is better than just letting the better QBs (Rogers, Brady, Roethlisberger, etc) just pick you apart a piece at a time. Maybe you give up some plays, but if you get two picks that your offense turns into points, you still win. You can’t just hope for three and outs. You have to be able to either pressure the QB and get sacks, or force turnovers with aggressive DB play. The Rams have chosen aggressive DB play. The Eagles are going for QB pressure. I don’t know which one will work, but I am curious to find out.
@Kcmatt7 is right on the money here. The Chiefs turned Alex Smith into $17M of cap space, a third round pick, and a very good third corner. So immediately they have improved their defense (they now have one of the best, if not the best slot corners in the league).
They have a way to improve even more with both proven players (cap space) and unproven guys (draft pick). They also have flexibility with trade options. They will probably not re-sign Spencer Ware, which frees up more cap space. Their RB situation is set, and its low cost. They can sign a solid backup QB without breaking the bank. They can add more help on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Simply put, the Chiefs put themselves in the best position to strengthen their roster in 2018 and 2019 by moving Smith, which means they can maybe make a run if not this year, then in 2019.
@Ralster I’m a big 3-4 fan, but it puts huge pressure on your OLBs. Houston is a stud. But the other side has been horribly weak. It also creates more pressure on your DTs at the point of attack, particularly when one side is compromised. Also, in the 4-3, it’s a little easier to walk a safety up than a 3-4 as well , and I think Berry handled that really well (in the 3-4) because he was so good. With a weaker safety, it’s some big recovery (or you don’t chance walking them up in the first plance), which compromises the run. Ugh.
Reid is a good coach for a bad team, because he can turn a 5-11 team into a playoff team.
However, Reid is not a good coach if you are trying to actually win in the playoffs. He can take you from mediocre to competent, but he cannot take you from good to great. He is similar to Marty Schottenheimer in that way. They can keep you from being bad, but they won’t necessarily get you over the hump to win the big one.
Bill Belichick is the opposite type of coach. He can’t take you from mediocre to competent. We saw that when he was in Cleveland. But if you already have pieces in place, he can build from there to make your team great. Andy Reid could succeed in Cleveland because he could get enough out of guys to go from 0 wins this past season to 5 wins next year, then 8 or 9 the year after that, but they would peak with between 9 and 11 wins, and maybe one or two playoff wins, depending on how long he was there.
The Chiefs are no longer trying to build up from the Pioli disaster. It’s time to hire the “championship” coach.
Too bad the Packers and their coach are so average around Rogers. I’d like to see him not have to carry a team. I don’t think we’ve seen all Rodgers can be due to this supporting cast.
umm they not that average. - hell when you have 2/3 of your sevondary on the defense hurt- -your top two running backs out. an Offensive line that any kind of combination not even their regular starting O-line but just a patch work line they could put together and be able to use that same line Sunday was just the 4th week THAT line was together.
Been battling injuries with your receiving corp - Now Devanta is out because of a cheap shot - when healthy they not average by any means. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LONG BABY
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