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Chiefs headlines for Thursday, December 19

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NFL execs pick awards: Who’s MVP? DPOY? Coach of the Year? | NFL.com

Defensive Player of the Year: Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots

Saints DE Cam Jordan was the runner-up with 2 1/2 votes. Others receiving votes included Buccaneers OLB Shaquil Barrett (2), Steelers OLB T.J. Watt (2), Vikings DE Danielle Hunter (1), Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu (1) and Rams DT Aaron Donald (1/2).

2019 NFL Playoff Projections: 49ers get stuck playing in wild-card game, Packers miss out on first-round bye | CBS Sports

3. (AFC West champion) Chiefs

If the Bills can beat the Patriots on Sunday and the Chiefs can knock off the Bears on Sunday night, then Kansas City will head into Week 17 as the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC, which would give them an inside track at getting a playoff bye. Unfortunately for the Chiefs though, the computer doesn’t see that happening. SportsLine is projecting the Patriots to win out, and if that happens, the Chiefs will be stuck playing in the wild-card round. Chiefs remaining schedule: At Bears, Chargers.

Claiming Terrell Suggs Off Waivers Was A Wise Move For K.C. | Forbes

Suggs should not only bolster the Chiefs’ defense, but it also prevents fellow divisional winner and potential playoff combatant, the Baltimore Ravens, from claiming him.

Waiver claims are awarded inversely related to record. The 12-2 Ravens were Suggs’ preferred destination, but the franchise that drafted him didn’t even put in a claim because it knew he would not fall to the team with the best record in the NFL.

2020 Pro Bowl rosters, snubs: Ravens set record with 12 selections; Lamar Jackson, Russell Wilson starting QBs | CBS Sports

3. Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu

The Chiefs’ defense is suddenly pretty good and Mathieu is a big reason why with three picks, nine passes defended, two sacks, and 62 combined tackles. His versatility remains a huge asset. Without him, it’s difficult to imagine this Chiefs defense being as good as it is (11th in DVOA).

Pete Prisco’s NFL Week 16 picks: Eagles beat Cowboys to take NFC East lead, Titans upset Saints | CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5) at Chicago Bears

The Bears are out of the playoffs, while the Chiefs are hoping to improve their seed. This won’t be an easy trip for Kansas City, but the way their defense is playing I think they will find a way. Patrick Mahomes outplays Mitch Trubisky.

Pick: Chiefs 31, Bears 17

The Ringer’s 2020 NFL Mock Draft, Version 1.0 | The Ringer

26. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State

With Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland, and Morris Claiborne all headed to free agency this offseason, the Chiefs need to add talent to their cornerbacks group. Wade played primarily in the slot for Ohio State, where he showcased good physicality in coverage, the quicks to read and react to option routes, and a willingness to tackle against the run.

Yardbarker’s Week 16 NFL picks, game previews | Yardbarker

KANSAS CITY (10-4) AT CHICAGO (7-7), SUNDAY, 8:20 ET

Bears head coach Matt Nagy: Nagy has failed to take Trubisky’s development to the next level in the QB’s third season. Although most Bears fans find fault with the player, Nagy deserves blame for his quarterback’s poor performance.

The pick: Chiefs 27 Bears 17

Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 16: Quarterbacks | NFL.com

Sit ‘Em

Mitchell Trubisky vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Trubisky proved last week that he can’t be trusted to produce when faced with a tough defense, and an upcoming matchup against the Chiefs falls into that category. Over the last four weeks, no defense in the league has allowed fewer touchdown passes or fantasy points to enemy quarterbacks. As a result, Trubisky needs to be benched.

Around the NFL

Titans place struggling kicker Ryan Succop on injured reserve, sign Greg Joseph | ESPN

The Titans have a 44.4% field goal percentage this season, which is 22.3 percentage points worse than the next-worst team, the Jets. Joseph joins Succop, Cairo Santos and Cody Parkey as Titans kickers this season. Tennessee also released kickoff specialist Ryan Santos on Tuesday.

NFL Panic Index 2019: Aaron Rodgers can’t be the Packers’ savior anymore

The Titans are forever stuck in a 9-7 loop

In both of Mike Mularkey’s seasons as head coach, the Titans were 9-7. In Mike Vrabel’s first season in Tennessee, the Titans again ended with a 9-7 record. Now Tennessee is careening toward — you guessed it — another 9-7 season.

The Titans rank No. 15 in total offense and No. 19 in total defense. They’re essentially the perfect picture of mediocrity and can’t stop finishing with a good-not-great record to match.

NFL Coaching Heat Seat: Jason Garrett, Freddie Kitchens Running Out of Time | SI

ON FIRE

Freddie Kitchens, Browns; Doug Marrone, Jaguars; Pat Shurmur, Giants

Kitchens was hollered at on the sidelines by one receiver, who also begged the Arizona Cardinals to trade for him. Kareem Hunt is accusing the team of taking plays off. Baker Mayfield has, multiple times, mentioned a lack of accountability and discipline. While not all players were expressly pointing the finger at their coach, where does all of that responsibility lie? NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted on Sunday that the Browns are leaning toward keeping Kitchens, but is that a tentative vote of confidence? Might that just be the final salvo fired by an organization desperately clinging to the idea that they’re functional and non-chaotic anymore?

Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin as VP of football operations | NFL.com

“As head of football operations for the Jaguars for the last three years I was responsible for all things related to football,” Coughlin said in a statement. “I take great pride in our accomplishments, especially in 2017. I’d like to thank Shad Khan for the opportunity to come back to Jacksonville, all the players and staff for their efforts, and the great fans here for their support. I was the first coach of this franchise and I will always be supportive of the Jaguars.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

How the Chiefs are showing championship camaraderie

Most youthful teams are not contenders; they are young because they’re rebuilding. But the Chiefs are able to make it work by having a great mixture of veterans surrounding their young core.

On offense, the veteran presence of players like right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, tight end Travis Kelce and running back LeSean McCoy counter the energy of young players like Mahomes, Hill and rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

The defense has experienced leadership from Mathieu, defensive end Frank Clark and linebacker Anthony Hitchens that mixes well with the youth of defensive tackle Chris Jones, cornerback Charvarius Ward and safety Juan Thornhill.

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