Like the rest of his teammates, defensive tackle Chris Jones watched his starting quarterback, Alex Smith, go down after a blow to the head in the first quarter of the Chiefs' win over Indianapolis on Sunday.
And like the rest of his teammates, Jones — a loquacious 6-foot-6, 308-pound rookie — was very comfortable with Smith's replacement.
"It's cool, we got Nicky back there," Jones said while on the bench following Smith's injury. "Nick Foles gonna air it out. He cold-blooded."
The Jacksonville Jaguars, like most other NFL franchises, took some pictures of their players on the way to their next opponent. It’s usually an easy PR opportunity with players typically dressing up for the plane ride — usually being the operative word here. Because the Jaguars calling out fans for booing them (not to mention playing like ass) they got immediately roasted on Twitter.
Even with Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, and Spencer Ware missing the game, the Jaguars are the second-biggest underdogs of Week 9, ahead of only the hapless Indianapolis Colts against the Green Bay Packers this week.
And it’s not like Bortles is the only issue. Keeping the team together might be a bigger one. The staff has had a harder time getting the latest wave of rookies and free-agent additions to buy into Gus Bradley’s program, which has contributed to the discipline problems everyone saw in losses to Oakland and Tennessee. When the Jags take the field in Kansas City on Sunday, they’ll have had 10 days to clean that up. We’ll see if they rally behind Bradley and new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.
"Listen, he did a good job. I’ve said this before -- that room is a good room. Those guys get in there and they cover every base. We know they’re going to come out with an aggressive approach on us. Nick has played them before. They know how he operates. I’m sure they’ll have a package for him. So we’ve got to be ready -- be ready to make any adjustments we need to make and come out and do what we do."
As of Sunday, it will have been 393 days since the Chiefs last lost at Arrowhead—spanning eight games in the midst of a run that’s seen them win 15 of their last 17 regular-season games overall. During this current home winning streak, the Chiefs have outscored their opponents 232 to 129, allowing an average of just 14.3 points per game.
The Chiefs will go with Charcandrick West as their main featured back against the Jaguars. West is second on the Chiefs with 139 rushing yards. He played last week against the Indianapolis Colts mostly in the second half after Ware left the game and rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries. West led the Chiefs in rushing last season with 634 yards.
"I think when you have close family and friends that are watching, they have a lot of emotions and they deal with it just the same. Certainly my wife, she's watched a lot of football, she's seen me play a lot. I have fun with it. Certainly, things have changed with Twitter and Instagram and all this. I don't think it was that big of a deal. I laugh about it with her. Maybe looking back, her emotions got to her a little bit, but like I said, I can't fault her."
"Each one of them has a got plays, and we’ll see how that rolls," coach Andy Reid said. "Charcandrick is going to get most of them, obviously, and we’ll see how he holds up.’’
"It sucked to have to listen to that for two years,’’ said Ford, who is tied for fifth in the league with seven sacks. "We’re in an unfair business so when you don’t have production right away, you suck. "I didn’t say anything. I’m not a negative person. I understand that people really don’t know too much about what goes on. But we’re human. We hear it.’’