McCullough joined USC’s staff just last year after spending six years as a successful running backs coach at Indiana. There, he developed the likes of Tevin Coleman and Jordan Howard, producing three-straight NFL draftees at the position.
Snap analysis: The Chiefs replaced Dontari Poe with Logan, and while Logan had a nice season, it’s worth noting no one on the Chiefs’ defensive line managed to log the workload Poe did last year (73.5 percent). Bailey did bounce back from an injury-shortened season to record his highest snap percentage since 2014, when he posted a workload of 70.5 percent. Jones also topped his workload from last year (50.4 percent), as did Nunez-Roches (25.3 percent). Jenkins seemed to play more than he did; he posted a snap percentage around 21 percent last year, too.
MITCHELL SCHWARTZ: I think he was the best quarterback in the NFL this year, and the numbers bear that out. He put up some crazy statistics, and he was by far the best deep-ball thrower in the NFL this year. So it’s been a blast. He’s the guy that makes us go. Unfortunately from his perspective, all the bad in middle of the season was offensive line related. We gave up too much pressure and he wasn’t able to step into his throws and that’s something we tried to address, and as we got better, he got better. He’s awesome, I can’t say enough good about him.
"I wasn't thinking ahead but to myself I wished we could've played the Patriots one more time," Duvernay-Tardif said. "It won't happen this year but we'll be ready for next season for sure."
The Browns announced they’ve come to terms with three former Chiefs players on such deals—defensive lineman Ricky Ali’ifua, running back Kelvin Taylor and offensive lineman Joseph Cheek. None of the three players were ever members of the team’s active roster during the regular season, but given their status as reserve/futures contract recipients, that’s certainly not a surprise.
Snap analysis: Unlike last year, when he missed a game due to “head trauma,” Smith stayed healthy all season. He sat out the season finale against Denver because the Chiefs weren’t playing for anything and coach Andy Reid rested him along with most of the Chiefs’ other starters. Interesting factoid: Smith has only played 16 games once (2015) during his five years in Kansas City. He rested in the season finale against the Chargers in 2013 and missed the last game in 2014 due to a lacerated spleen.
2) Tanoh Kpassagnon: The Chiefs’ second-round pick has been a season-long project, and we’ve seen potential, even in limited opportunities. He has a long way to go, learning technique, leverage and awareness. But, you can’t teach athletic ability and talent, and it appears Kpassagnon’s will translate to the NFL. The ceiling appears high, and he’ll likely get every opportunity to prove it in 2018.
Smith just played the season of his professional life, one that Mahomes is unlikely to match next year, and has thrown nine touchdowns and two interceptions in five playoff games in Kansas City. And a lot of us can’t wait to get rid of him. At least one of us burned his jersey. This is so weird.
The Chiefs are losing a handful of members from their football operations staff. College scouting coordinator Dan Zegers, pro scout Jim Noel and area scout Matt Donahoe are all joining former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey in Cleveland, the Browns announced Wednesday.
“Have I always dreamed about coordinating? Yes,” Bieniemy said. “I do know this: If you work hard enough, good things come to you.”
Thursday evening, reports surfaced that USC running backs coach Deland McCullough was being interviewed for the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs. Later on that night, McCullough confirmed to 247Sports.com’s USC website via text message that he has accepted an offer to join the Chiefs.
“It was just really hard to digest and hard to turn the page,” Duvernay-Tardif tells Global News. “I mean, I’m still thinking about it and wish I would be practicing right now and getting ready to play the Patriots.”
The best thing for the Chiefs to do, then, is nothing. Stay the course. Keep Smith, even if it means restructuring his contract. The Mahomes hype will have to wait another year. If the Chiefs value stability and making the playoffs, Alex Smith isn’t going anywhere.