Reports: WR Robinson to re-sign with Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is signing a one-year contract to remain with the team, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Robinson will receive $2.3 million fully guaranteed.Robinson's production has steadily increased during his three seasons with the Chiefs. His catches (32) and receiving yards (449) in 2019 served as career highs, while his four touchdown receptions matched his total in 2018.
Mahomes early betting favorite to win second MVP
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has put the NFL on its ear since he became a full-time starter with the Kansas City Chiefs.So perhaps it should come as no surprise that he is listed as the odds-on favorite to win his second NFL Most Valuable Player award during the 2020 season.Mahomes, who led the Chiefs to the franchise's first Super Bowl in 50 years with a 31-20 victory over San Francisco last month, opened as plus-350 to win the award, according to William Hill Sports Book.The 24-year-old Mahomes threw for 4,031 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. It was a statistical drop from his 2018 MVP season in which he threw for 5,097 yards and 50 TDs.Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson of Baltimore (plus-600) is coming off a historic season in which he threw for 3,127 yards, a league-high 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions while also breaking Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback. Jackson piled up 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, averaging a league-best 6.9 yards per carry.Seattle's Russell Wilson (plus-800), Houston's Deshaun Watson (plus-1400) and new Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady (plus-1600) round out the top five.
Chiefs agree to deal with former XFL QB Ta'amu
The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms Monday with quarterback Jordan Ta'amu, who led the XFL with 12 touchdown passes.Ta'amu's agent told media outlets that the undrafted player turned prolific quarterback of the St. Louis Battlehawks will join the Super Bowl champions.The Battlehawks also announced the deal on their Twitter account, writing: "The Throwin' Samoan will forever be a BattleHawk. The Chiefs just signed an absolute STUD! Best of luck in your next chapter, @JTaamu10!"Ta'amu finished the XFL's truncated season with 1,050 passing yards, good for third in the league, while throwing two interceptions. He also rushed for 217 yards, tops among XFL quarterbacks.
Chiefs place franchise tag on DT Jones
The Kansas City Chiefs placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Chris Jones on Monday and exercised the 2020 contract options on running back Damien Williams and linebacker Damien Wilson.Jones, 25, will earn approximately $16.1 million under the tag in 2020.A second-round pick in 2016, Jones notched a career-high 15.5 sacks in 2018 and helped the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl in 50 years last season.Through 61 career games (41 starts), the 2019 Pro Bowl selection has 136 tackles, 33 sacks, 20 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions.Williams, 27, will earn a base salary of $1.85 million and count $2.83 million against the 2020 salary cap.He rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 29 yards and a score in the Chiefs' 31-20 victory against San Francisco in Super Bowl LIV.
Report: RB McCoy won't return to Chiefs in 2020
Veteran running back LeSean McCoy won't be back with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Thursday.The Chiefs signed McCoy to a one-year deal in September after he was released by the Buffalo Bills. And while he gained more than 650 yards rushing and receiving in 2019, he was less involved in Kansas City's offense as the season wore on and was inactive for Super Bowl LIV."Certainly in LeSean McCoy's mind, he thinks he's got some good football left," Garafolo said, per NFL.com. "It will not be in Kansas City for him in 2020. This is a little bit of a different scenario. He's been in such high demand throughout his career, this is one where he's going to have to wind up being the right fit."The Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers could be potential landing spots for the McCoy, who turns 32 in July, Garafolo said.Chiefs running back Damien Williams is scheduled to be a free agent this month.
Report: Chiefs opting out of OL Erving's deal
The Kansas City Chiefs will opt out of the final year of offensive lineman Cameron Erving's deal, according to Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports.Erving, a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2015, was traded to the Chiefs in 2017 and signed a two-year extension worth $8.3 million in 2018.The reigning Super Bowl champion Chiefs will save a little over $3 million by opting out of the deal, though they still will take a $1.4 million dead-money cap hit.
Franchise tag brings Chiefs DT Jones 'mix of emotions'
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones did his best to play Mr. Brightside when he learned the franchise tag was imminent on Thursday."The beautiful thing about the franchise tag -- that it can go one of two ways," Jones said via Fox Sports. "The team can either long-term you to have you for the future, or they can trade you. Either way, I'll get paid benefits."Jones and the Chiefs are planning to negotiate toward a long-term contract agreement, but the only guarantee once the prohibitive marker is used will be Jones' 2020 salary. Based on numbers expected to change if the CBA extension is ratified before the March 12 franchise deadline, Jones will make at least $16 million next season. The highest-paid defensive players in the NFL are in the same ballpark, but with the upside of long-term guarantees and a signing bonus."It's like a mix of emotions, because you figure after four years, (doing) everything the right way -- within the team way -- you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for the team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded," Jones said. "So when you're hit with a franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they're not valuing you -- that they're not valuing what you can bring to the table. Or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together."
Chiefs fighting to keep DT Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- Defensive tackle Chris Jones might be the best defensive player available in free agency in March. The Chiefs are fighting desperately to prevent the 25-year-old menace from leaving Kansas City.Jones was a 2016 second-round pick and had 20 quarterback hits and 9.0 sacks in 13 games this past season."It's certainly a priority for us," Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I think the tandem of Chris Jones and Frank Clark is something any team would want. We're going to work hard to see if we can get that done."Today isn't necessarily the issue for the Chiefs. But in the big picture, planning for tomorrow includes a new contract for quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Speculation about Mahomes' value includes estimates for a record-shattering deal worth more than $40 million per year.Chiefs president Clark Hunt said in February a deal with Mahomes would be an eventual priority, but it could come after the 2020 season. The other pressing deals for the current offseason include wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who will bring a $21 million cap hit this season. The Chiefs haven't decided on whether to pick up options on running back Damien Williams and linebacker Damien Wilson.
Report: Chiefs OC Bieniemy rebuffs Colorado
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has turned down a chance to interview for the head coaching job at Colorado, according to a report.Mike Klis of Denver-based 9NEWS said Bieniemy told Colorado officials that he no longer was interested in the job. Bieniemy, 50, was believed to be the top target for the Buffaloes.Bieniemy, who played four years for the Buffaloes from 1987-90, reportedly never formally interviewed for the position but repeatedly was contacted by his alma mater. The nine-year NFL veteran running back served as Colorado's offensive coordinator for two seasons prior to joining Andy Reid's staff as the Chiefs' running backs coach in 2013.Before the 2019 season, Bieniemy interviewed with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their respective head-coaching positions, and he reportedly declined an interview with the Arizona Cardinals. This offseason, he interviewed with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, all of which hired other candidates.
49ers' Mostert to return jersey to Chiefs' Williams
Raheem Mostert said he plans to return the jersey of Damien Williams after the two undrafted running backs swapped uniform tops in a display of sportsmanship following Super Bowl LIV.Mostert's decision on Wednesday came three days after Williams recorded 133 total yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in the Kansas City Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.The 27-year-old Mostert followed up his 220-yard, four-touchdown performance in the 49ers' 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship with 58 yards and a score against the Chiefs.The two former teammates shared a moment in the tunnel and swapped jerseys after the game.On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the following day, the host told Williams that the jersey he gave away "is worth a lot more than the jersey he gave you."Williams replied: "That's funny you say that, because my mom was like, 'Where's your jersey at?'"
Report: Chiefs hope to keep WR Watkins
The Kansas City Chiefs hope to keep wide receiver Sammy Watkins in 2020, despite speculation about his possible departure, NFL Network reported Tuesday.Watkins' salary-cap hit climbs next season to $21 million -- the highest of any NFL wideout -- in the final year of a three-year, $48 million deal he signed in free agency in March 2018. The Chiefs, who currently have about $19 million in cap space, could free up $14 million by releasing or trading Watkins.But according to the report, the Chiefs hope to bring Watkins back, potentially with a contract extension or adjustment.Watkins was asked before the Super Bowl about possibly renegotiating his contract, and he replied by suggesting he might not play at all in 2020."If it suits me and my family and my needs, for sure," he told reporters. "But I'm really in a different space right now. I don't know what I'm going to do. If we win, I might chill out. I might sit out a year. You just never know. Not retiring, but I might just want to rest up and chill."Watkins has not yet elaborated on those comments since the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 on Sunday.
Chiefs' Mahomes named Super Bowl MVP after comeback
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla,., after rallying his Kansas City Chiefs from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV.Mahomes threw for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, overcoming a pair of interceptions in the first 18 minutes of the second half that left the Chiefs down 20-10. His 1-yard toss to Travis Kelce with 6:13 to play brought the Chiefs within three, and his 5-yard pass to Damien Williams put Kansas City ahead for good with 2:44 left.The 24-year-old became the second-youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl, behind only Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL. He is the third quarterback to win Super Bowl MVP despite throwing multiple interceptions, joining Terry Bradshaw (three INTs in Super Bowl XIV) and Tom Brady (two in Super Bowl XLIX)."Coach (Andy) Reid told me after both of 'em to keep firing," Mahomes said of the interceptions on the Fox broadcast. "Keep believing and keep firing."According to Fox, Mahomes is the youngest player ever to win regular-season MVP (which he did in 2018) and Super Bowl MVP.He finished the game 26 of 42 for 286 yards, two touchdowns passing, one rushing and the interceptions. His 1-yard run on an option play was the game's first touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 7-3 lead with 31 seconds left in the first quarter.
Chiefs, 49ers deadlocked at half of Super Bowl LIV
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Each team scored a touchdown and a field goal as the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers went to halftime tied at 10 in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. It was only the fourth halftime tie in Super Bowl history.The 49ers took an early 3-0 lead, driving from their own 18 to the Kansas City 20 after the Chiefs went three-and-out on their first possession. Robbie Gould kicked a 38-yard field goal with 7:57 to play in the first quarter. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel ran for 39 yards on two plays for first downs in the drive.Kansas City answered with two scoring drives. A 15-play, 75-yard possession drive that took 7:26 off the clock culminated with quarterback Patrick Mahomes running 1 yard for a touchdown and a 7-3 Chiefs lead with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Two plays earlier, running back Damien Williams ran 4 yards to the 1 on a fourth-and-1 conversion.San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was pressured by defensive tackle Chris Jones and made an ill-advised throw that was intercepted by Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland at the Kansas City 45-yard line.After a 28-yard pass play from Mahomes to wide receiver Sammy Watkins and another fourth-and-1 success by Williams, Kansas City settled for a 31-yard field goal by Harrison Butker and a 10-3 lead with 9:32 to play in the first half.
Take 5: Biggest threats to reign of Chiefs, Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best player in football.Just 36 starts into his career, he has a Lombardi Trophy, plus regular-season and Super Bowl MVP awards. He's only 24.That's bad news for the rest of the NFL, especially the AFC. The Chiefs already have hosted back-to-back AFC Championship Games and were whiskers from consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Their division foes are struggling, and the best younger QB in the conference abruptly quit football in August.Yes, things are looking great in Kansas City, which will host a parade on Wednesday to fete the Chiefs and their 31-20 win in Super Bowl LIV.Who can challenge the Chiefs' reign? These are the five greatest obstacles standing in the way of a Kansas City dynasty.1. The salary capThe Chiefs' greatest enemies, at the moment, are the league's established restrictions to promote parity. Even with a quarterback still on a rookie contract, Kansas City already is feeling the pressure.Kansas City has just $19 million in cap room for 2020, per Spotrac, and that's without accounting for Chris Jones -- an elite interior pass rusher -- and defensive backs Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller, all pending free agents. Jones' negotiation might require the franchise tag, making for a delicate balancing of the books.The Chiefs also have four key players with two years left on their contracts: tight end Travis Kelce, right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, safety Tyrann Mathieu and left tackle Eric Fisher. As elite players at their positions, Kelce and Schwartz could demand raises this offseason on deals signed in 2016. If they don't, they'll surely command top-level extensions next offseason. Likewise, Mathieu and Fisher will want new deals next summer.And of course, a megadeal for Mahomes is looming. Initial reports suggested the Chiefs would get it done this offseason, but they might not have the flexibility. The sooner the better -- Mahomes' price tag (at least $40 million annually) only will rise.Kansas City will look for relief. Sammy Watkins and Anthony Hitchens have wildly disappointed on pricey contracts from 2018, and cutting Watkins (if he doesn't step away, as he suggested he might this week) would save $14 million. Hitchens, however, restructured his deal in September and will count $12.7 million against the cap in 2020 barring a post-June 1 release, which would push $8.4 million of that into 2021.Modest savings could be found elsewhere. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif ($4.9 million savings), Cameron Erving ($4.7 million), Daniel Sorensen ($3.75 million) and Damien Wilson ($3 million) could be released, but that would leave nearly $6 million in dead money and some depth issues on the O-line.The Chiefs' saving grace is that they'll be a destination for free agents as long as Mahomes is around. That won't solve cap issues entirely, but it's a nice consolation.2. Lamar Jackson and the RavensIt's easy to forget that the Chiefs weren't even the best team in the AFC during the regular season. When the Tennessee Titans upset the Baltimore Ravens and Lamar Jackson in the divisional round, they gave Kansas City a far easier path to the Super Bowl.Baltimore has work to do (Matt Judon, Jimmy Smith and Michael Pierce are free agents), but it has more cap room ($26.6 million) than Kansas City and is at least a year away from extending Jackson. The Ravens restock and reload as well as any NFL team. They have a quality offensive line, young weapons in Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown, plus a loaded defense with great depth at cornerback.Despite the sour result, Jackson did not play all that poorly against the Titans, and any narratives about his playoff record (0-2) are downright silly at this point. The unanimous MVP, he's one of the NFL's best players and still ascending, having turned 23 in January.The Chiefs already are assured of facing the Ravens in Baltimore in 2020 and 2021, games that could decide the conference's top seed. That might make Jackson vs. Mahomes the next great quarterback rivalry.The two have met twice. The Chiefs won both games, but one required a series of miraculous plays from Mahomes to win in overtime in 2018.3. Bill BelichickNobody knows who the New England Patriots' quarterback will be in 2020. But Bill Belichick will be the head coach, and that should keep Mahomes and the Chiefs wary.Kansas City lost Mahomes' first two meetings with Belichick despite scoring a combined 71 points. The Chiefs turned the tables in December 2019 in Foxborough, Mass., winning 23-16, and they'll get to host the Pats in 2020.Another go-round with Belichick and Tom Brady would be dangerous for the Chiefs, especially if the Patriots can improve their offensive line and add another weapon or two.
Mahomes ready for long career with Chiefs
Basking in the glow of a Super Bowl title, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he wants the opportunity to win many more championships while wearing a Chiefs uniform.Now eligible for a contract extension after playing three seasons, Mahomes, who earned the game's MVP honor, sounded ready to commit Monday morning."Obviously, I want to be in Kansas City for a long time," Mahomes said, according to ESPN. "I understand that and also I want to win a lot of football games here."There's no immediacy to getting a deal done. Mahomes' current contract runs through the 2020 season, with a team option for another season beyond that.The 24-year old was 26-of-42 passing for 286 yards and two touchdowns in Super Bowl LIV while rallying the Chiefs to a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers with 21 points in the fourth quarter.The NFL's 2018 MVP had 4,031 passing yards this season with 26 touchdowns. It was a statistical drop from 2018 when he threw for 5,097 yards and 50 TDs, but he had just five interceptions in the 2019 regular season and now has a trophy for his postseason work."For me, it's kind of letting that stuff handle itself," Mahomes said to ESPN about a contract extension. "I'm in a great organization. I have a great team ... working for me."
Kansas City to honor Chiefs with parade, rally on Wednesday
The Chiefs will be honored for their Super Bowl LIV victory with a parade on Wednesday, officials in Kansas City, Mo., announced.The Chiefs Kingdom Champions Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET, and festivities will conclude with a rally at Union Station beginning about two hours later.Schools throughout the Kansas City metro area began canceling classes for the day to allow students to attend."For the first time in 50 years, our Kansas City Chiefs are bringing home the Vince Lombardi trophy, and we're all excited to celebrate with our players and fans," Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a news release. He added via Twitter that he wanted to see "ALL of #ChiefsKingdom there."
Chiefs, 49ers listed as healthy ahead of Super Bowl
Injuries will not be a main storyline heading into Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.The final injury report of the week on Friday revealed that the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs do not have any players with game-day designations heading into the battle in Miami for the NFL championship.For San Francisco, running back Tevin Coleman (shoulder), linebacker Kwon Alexander (pectoral) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) were full participants in practice on Friday. They were limited participants earlier in the week.
Chiefs seek to end drought vs. 49ers in Super Bowl LIV
The Kansas City Chiefs will seek to snap a 50-year drought and make more history against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday in Miami.The Chiefs, who lost Super Bowl I before winning Super Bowl IV, would set a new mark for the longest span between Super Bowl victories. All-world quarterback Patrick Mahomes, 24, would become the second-youngest signal-caller to win it all (Ben Roethlisberger, Super Bowl XL, then 23 years old).Likewise, Andy Reid would cast off the title of winningest NFL head coach without a Super Bowl victory. He is sixth in league history with 221 total regular-season and playoff victories, and the five coaches in front of him have combined for 23 Super Bowl or NFL championships."Just getting him here isn't the goal," Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said of his coach. "Winning this thing for him is.""He's had an amazing career," Mahomes added. "Obviously, we want to win this game, the big Super Bowl, put that on his resume. He's someone who's been successful from Day 1, and he's still successful now."Reid said this week he's "very humbled" by the support from friends across the league as he leads his second team to the Super Bowl. His Philadelphia Eagles lost Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. But those sentiments won't exist on the opposing sideline, where the 49ers hope to make history of their own.San Francisco is seeking its first Super Bowl win in 25 years, dating to Super Bowl XXIX in 1995 that also was played in Miami.Another win would tie the Niners with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Lombardi Trophies (six) in NFL history, and also secure the first-ever father-son combo to win Super Bowls as head coaches. San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan's dad, Mike Shanahan, won back-to-back titles with the Denver Broncos in 1998 and '99.Kyle Shanahan, who was a ball boy for the 49ers in the team's latest Super Bowl win, has been thrilled with his group's preparation in the two weeks since an NFC Championship Game victory over the Green Bay Packers."I wish the players could have two weeks every week to do a game plan," he said. "I mean, for them to come out on a Wednesday ... and to be firing on all cylinders, it's not usually like that."The 49ers roll into the Super Bowl with a dominant run game, having rushed for 471 yards while throwing just 27 times in two playoff victories. That has prompted questions about whether quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can handle a bigger load if needed on Sunday, but his coach has plenty of faith.
Take 5: Keys to Super Bowl LIV
With Sunday's star-studded Super Bowl LIV battle between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers nearly here, it's time to dive deep into the matchup.We'll start with arguably the league's best quarterback facing one of the league's best defenses, as Patrick Mahomes takes on defensive coordinator Robert Saleh's stingy unit.1. 49ers' pass rush must deliverAs we touched on in our conference championship Film Study, the 49ers' front four is the game's biggest key. The best way to slow Mahomes is to generate pressure with only four rushers, but that must be done while also containing him in the pocket. San Francisco is certainly capable. Can the 49ers deliver?On the edges, the burden will fall primarily on Nick Bosa, who usually will face left tackle Eric Fisher. An above-average blindside protector, Fisher can be exploited, and Bosa must be effective with power. Bosa's focus won't be simply to go around Fisher -- he'll want to work through him and move Fisher toward Mahomes, shrinking the pocket without opening up a scramble lane.On the other side, Dee Ford will battle old teammate Mitchell Schwartz, perhaps the league's best right tackle. Schwartz is extremely steady, so Ford must mix things up. His speed-to-power bull rush can help collapse the pocket, and his closing speed is the 49ers' best way to track down Mahomes when he's flushed.Inside might be the 49ers' biggest advantage. DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead are tough matchups for left guard Stefen Wisniewski, center Austin Reiter and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. At least one will be single-blocked on most plays, and both must win a majority of those reps.Saleh's final piece in the pass rush is schematic, where he features a variety of fronts, stunts, twists and timely blitzes. Expect several tilted fronts -- three of four linemen to one side of the center -- and players deployed all over the line. Ford and Bosa will take turns at 3-technique, with Bosa even occasionally on the nose. Buckner and Armstead can and will line up anywhere.The unit has been seamless when stunting, working to maintain gap discipline while still reaching the quarterback. The periodic blitzes of linebacker Fred Warner, who often twists with Buckner or Armstead, add another dangerous element.The Chiefs' O-line excelled against the Titans' stunts in the AFC Championship Game, but those often came with only three rushers, and none overly dangerous outside of Jurrell Casey. This will be a different test.2. Saleh's dilemma: More man or zone?Traditionally a zone-heavy defense, the 49ers have played more man coverage of late, and with great success. It might be tempting to continue vs. the Chiefs, whose rare struggles on offense this season came against man-heavy defenses, and whose deadliness against zones is well known.The problem is that Saleh's personnel doesn't match up particularly well to play man-to-man. There's no logical speedster to track Tyreek Hill, even with safety help. The 49ers' fastest cornerback is Emmanuel Moseley, and even if he can hang with Hill, the Chiefs still have plenty of speed elsewhere in Mecole Hardman and Sammy Watkins.The most logical matchup for tight end Travis Kelce might be cornerback Richard Sherman, with Warner and safeties Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt mixing in occasionally. That isn't ideal for a whole game.Saleh surely will play man coverage at times, but it likely won't be the base of his approach. Instead, expect him to favor the muddied zones he used most of the season, with a variety of disguises and coverage rotations to force Mahomes to process after the snap.Considering the Chiefs are one of the league's pass-happiest teams, Saleh should be creative with his personnel and looks, daring Kansas City to run. That might include six- and seven-DB packages, exotic fronts and stunts or blitzes, even on early downs.3. How Mahomes and Reid will counterThere certainly are challenges that come with playing zone. For one, it's more exploitable by run-pass options, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid runs as many RPOs as any coach in the league. The 49ers might emphasize the pass, but expect the Chiefs to do some damage via RPOs one way or another.Likewise, Reid will be able to dictate matchups against zone.With Sherman staying on the defense's left, the Chiefs could threaten him with Hill, a poor stylistic matchup, to see if Sherman can hold up vertically. Hill is also a terror inside against the zone, especially as the inside slot of trips, where he winds up on a safety or a linebacker.Reid will use plenty of trips and quads sets that unbalance the formation. Many of these looks will feature Kelce as the single receiver, allowing him to pick on Moseley while a three- or four-man route combination floods the other side of the field.
Chiefs' Bieniemy focused on coaching, not diversity hiring
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said he is focused on his game plan for Super Bowl LIV, not his potential next job.Bieniemy said he has been asked repeatedly this week about whether the Rooney Rule, designed to promote minority hiring, is working as intended since no African-Americans were hired to fill any of the five head coach openings after the 2019 season.His response?"It's not for me to comment because I can only speak to my process," the 50-year-old Bieniemy told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "I've been blessed to have an opportunity to interview. Whether they hire me or not is up to them. I worked my tail off to be placed in that situation. I'm going to continue chopping wood, I'm going to continue being me, and whatever is going to happen down the line is going to happen."Bieniemy, who is black, also said that he's not disappointed that he has yet to receive an NFL head-coaching offer."Everyone wants to hear I'm disappointed," Bieniemy said. "That is not the case. We're still playing. We've got one of the biggest games this weekend. So I'm really looking forward to having that opportunity to share in this moment in time with our organization, our players and also, too, our coaching staff."I mean, that's everybody's dream to be one of the 32 head coaches. That's everybody's dream. Someday, possibly, it may happen. But right now, the only thing that matters is making sure our guys, our players and our coaching staff is focused on the goal -- and that's making sure we play to the end of that final echo of the whistle come Sunday."The Chiefs meet the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Miami.While head coach Andy Reid doesn't want to lose his offensive coordinator, he had the following response last month to any interested team should it wish to look Bieniemy's way: