Hunt watched the draft at home, with Stephanie and friends and family. That’s where he’d have been anyway, of course, but his roommates also scattered to watch the biggest night of his life for a more pragmatic reason: The power company turned their lights off.
“Oh my God, that is so true,” Hunt said this week. “I can’t believe (Swanson) told you that. I’m dying.”
To review: The day Hunt was selected into the NFL, a spot that would eventually be worth a $3.3 million contract, he was so behind on bills that he had no lights.
The trade-off is that Smith takes a lot of sacks. And I mean a lot of sacks. Out of 155 qualified passers, Smith ranks 109th in career sack percentage. He ranks 26th out of 28 active quarterbacks. Smith was sacked three times during the Chiefs’ Week 1 game against the Patriots. One of those was when he sacked himself.
The Eagles are 4-3 in seven all-time regular season appearances against the Chiefs. These two teams last played in a 2013 game at Lincoln Financial Field when the Eagles lost by a final score of 26 of 16.
The Eagles should benefit from such resources as quarterback Nick Foles, who spent last season with the Chiefs; assistant defensive backs coach Dino Vasso, the Ridley High product who coached under Reid; and even De’Vante Bausby, the former Chiefs cornerback the Birds added to the practice squad. The Chiefs have, what’s this, defensive tackle Bennie Logan, who played for the Eagles last year?
The shirt Donna Kelce plans to wear to the game features photos of both players on the front and says "Mother to two NFL brothers" on the back.
Two years separated Jason and Travis Kelce as they grew up in Cleveland Heights Ohio.
"It`s childhood rivalry since I was born to beat my brother," Travis said.
Reid is known for having a pronounced nasty streak on the field and had a reputation for brawling on the Ravens' practice field. He once ripped off Texans defensive end J.J. Watt's helmet during a game, but still allowed a sack in that sequence.
Another big concern for the Eagles is their offensive line versus the Chiefs’ pass rush. The Eagles were allowing too much pressure on Wentz last week. Fortunately for the Birds, he’s able to elude rushers in a special way. But that only goes so far. The Eagles also need to do a better job of blocking up front. Philadelphia’s run game finished with 52 yards on 20 attempts in Week 1.
Kansas City also poses problems with its scheme. The Chiefs run one of the most creative offenses in the league. They have run-pass options. They throw a ton of screens. Because of Smith's mobility, they can run option plays and really stress the defense. Defenders must be disciplined and they must diagnose plays correctly. You can't guess or you'll end up in the wrong spot.
My guess is the Schwartz goes into attack mode and blitzes more than usual. That can throw off the timing of their attack. When you have a creative offense, timing is critical. Penetration disrupts that and can break things down.
If the Chiefs go deep into the postseason, then what will they do with Smith? If he leads them to the Super Bowl, will he be replaced by Mahomes in 2018 because he still is regarded as merely a “game manager”?
Safety Ron Parker (ankle) and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (illness) are questionable for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
LB Reggie Ragland and offensive guard Parker Ehinger are both doubtful with knee injuries.
If I was a betting man, I’d take the Chiefs. They’re at home, which is advantage, as is Andy Reid having extra prep time. Tyreek Hill is maybe the worst matchup for the Ronald Darby-less Eagles secondary. Even with Berry out, they’re still a dangerous defense with their front seven and Marcus Peters. But anything can happen and the Chiefs are going to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. It wouldn’t be surprising if they were burned along the way.
The move creates room on the 53-man roster for running back Akeem Hunt, who the Chiefs like as a multi-phase special teamer. Hunt was signed to the Chiefs' practice squad before their season opener against New England.
Pederson said he might not be an NFL head coach today if he hadn’t worked with Reid in Philadelphia and in Kansas City.
“I did feel like coaching was in my future even when I was a player,” Pederson said. “But to be in this position today, I probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Andy.”
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1. Go to the screen
The Eagles’ defense is fast and physical. They love to flow to the ball and deliver the blow. You can take advantage of that by using a healthy amount of screen passes. Reid, of course, loves the screen game. We’re about due for a heavy screen game from him.
“Very cerebral guy,” Pederson said of Smith. “He’s a deep thinker. He studies. He prepares. Very athletic, probably more athletic than people give him credit for. Runs extremely well, tough, very smart, doesn’t turn the ball over — everything you want from a quarterback. And so when looking at a quarterback, yeah, you’d love to have all those traits and characteristics in a quarterback.
“Does it always happen that way? No. But at the same time we were fortunate to make the moves we did to get Carson who, again, [is] very athletic, smart, studies, cerebral, deep thinker — all those things that Carson is, is what I coached in Kansas City with Alex.”