The problem for the Chiefs is the postseason, where they are 1-3 under Reid. The deep roster was essential last year when the Chiefs went parts of the season without key players such as Charles, Johnson and Justin Houston. It didn’t help them in the playoffs, where after a first-round bye they scored only 16 points in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Growing Tyreek in the offense will be important," coach Andy Reid told reporters this week at the NFL meetings in Phoenix. Hill played 401 offensive snaps last season, or less than 40 percent of Kansas City’s plays. But the Chiefs came to rely on him more as the season progressed. He was in their lineup for fewer than 20 plays in each of the first six games but more than 20 in the final 10.
It will still be strange to watch the Chiefs play without nose tackle Dontari Poe and the Raiders without running back Latavius Murray. Poe missed just two games in his five seasons with the Chiefs and when available he was almost always in their lineup, sometimes on offense. Murray was the face of Oakland’s running game much of the past two and a half seasons. Even with a slightly diminished role last season, he still rushed for 12 touchdowns.
I’ve talked to the Dallas Cowboys. I’m going down there for Dallas day on April 7. I’ve talked to the Kansas City Chiefs. I’ve talked to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and I’ve also talked to the Rams. Nothing is set in stone, you know? Anything can change any day, so I don’t think too much of it and I don’t take it for granted as well.
You have to do everything fast in practice. Move with urgency in each drill and between drills. No coasting. Ever. Rivera learned that as an assistant coach on Reid's Philadelphia Eagles staff and has employed it as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Sean McDermott absorbed the same lesson during the 12 seasons he spent with the Eagles, including five with Rivera, for whom he would serve as defensive coordinator in Carolina the past six years.
The agreement with the Speedway is for one year. The American Royal maintains its relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs and Parman says the venue as well as dates may continue to change in coming years, based on the need for a large capacity crowd and scheduling around Kansas City’s professional sports teams.
The back-up QB better get to practicing his celebratory handshakes with Drew Brees.
In contrast, the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, which are all DraftKings partners, have opened up DraftKings "lounges" inside their stadiums.
"There is something special about Oakland — I’m not going to tell you different," Reid said at the NFL’s annual meeting. "The fans are passionate. You hate seeing the fans losing. I said that with the Chargers. You hate seeing San Diego lose the Chargers."