The real agony and confusion is in reconciling the emerging presence of Tyreek Hill, the human blur who is the Chiefs' most thrilling addition on the field.
Hill's surreal speed makes it appear inevitable he will return kickoffs 105 yards or so — as he did last week against Houston only to have a touchdown called back because of a penalty.
But if you're like most victims of domestic abuse or those who love them and otherwise care about them, if you're conscious of the real world over the biosphere of sports, you might wish the Chiefs could call back their fifth-round draft pick of Hill.
Appropriately enough, the 3 Amigos concept took flight during one of their off-the-field food excursions in August. They'd joked about the concept for a while, but they never fully went full throttle until the three — along with a few others — ventured to a Mexican restaurant during training camp in St. Joseph.
Somehow, the 2008 NBA champion Boston Celtics came up — led by the "Big Three" of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — and given the way Poe, Bailey and Howard performed during training camp, they felt comfortable giving themselves a similar title.
That formula has been good to me when writing these prediction posts the past two weeks, when I picked the Chiefs to beat the San Diego Chargers by five points (they won by six) and the Chiefs to lose to the Houston Texans by seven (they lost by seven). This week, I’m going with what I think, and I think the Chiefs are better offensively than the way they have played in the first two games. They certainly looked that way at training camp, and I still believe it’s true.
So the Chief are likely on Sunday to start an offensive line that includes at least one backup, Zach Fulton, at guard. Depending on Duvernay-Tardif’s availability, Jordan Devey may have to start at the other guard position. Devey opened the season on the practice squad and was promoted to the active roster for last week’s game because of the injuries to Duvernay-Tardif and Ehinger.
During final 21 minutes and overtime against San Diego: 24-of-32 passing, 75 percent completion rate, 252 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, no sacks, 138.2 passer rating
Other 99 minutes of the season: 30-of-53 passing, 57 percent completion rate, 297 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, seven sacks, 64.7 passer rating
Just how difficult is it to be the road team in Arrowhead Stadium? "It’s tough," Fitzpatrick said. " . . . Playing in Seattle is obviously really loud. Arrowhead is right up there. It’s a fun place to play because the fans are so into it. It’s almost like a college atmosphere with all of the excitement and how into the Chiefs they are. It’ll be a difficult test for us. It’s hard to go in there as a road team and pull out a win."
Over at CBS Sports, the eight experts are split, with four each picking the Chiefs and Jets. It's less split at ESPN, where only two of their nine experts think the Jets can win it. Here at SB Nation, there are some who like the Jets as well.
While the Jets have an injured Brandon Marshall, the team is mostly healthy and effective early in the season. I expect a close game, but with all the injuries that the Chiefs are dealing with and the one dimensional nature of the Chiefs offense, I'm optimistic for a Jets win despite playing in a hostile arena.
Less than an hour after leaving the church, Coleman received a phone call from his agent telling him the Kansas City Chiefs wanted him. Coleman agreed to the contract and packed up his belongings into a car and made the six-hour trek to Kansas City. There, Coleman made the Chiefs roster and played in 15 games, starting three. He had a modest 37 tackles and three interceptions, but had shown enough to attract the attention of Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who was Coleman's first defensive coordinator in Philadelphia.
"I got released and literally left the airport in Atlanta, got home, sat down to eat dinner and got a call from Philly," Murray said. "They told me I had a flight in a few hours. My bags were still by the front door." Normally, practice squad additions aren't big news, but since the Eagles only have two active quarterbacks, Murray becomes potentially a key guy. His offensive coordinator the last two years? Doug Pederson. His teammate the last two years? Chase Daniel.
Jackson was going to be part of Atlanta's 3-4 defensive line that never materialized. The formation really only showed up when Mike Nolan wanted to rush three slow linemen on third and longs. It was a disaster. We are now in year three of this deal. Jackson has had time and opportunity to develop into even a competent player. He's been pushed around to defensive tackle and defensive end but the result has been the same: he's a bad player. He frequently looks over weight and is never around the football.
Many analysts and fans were surprised when Bowles followed through on his claims that the Jets would rotate linemen during the game. But that’s exactly what he did through the first two weeks of the season at right tackle. While we’ve heard of a running back by committee, a right tackle by committee isn’t as popular in today’s NFL.
Haley promised Williams won’t become a forgotten man. He talked of how he used a two-back package with Dexter McCluster or Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles when he was the Kansas City Chiefs’ head coach. He was an assistant to Bill Parcells with the Jets when they had Curtis Martin and Richie Anderson on the field at the same time.