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Chiefs’ Chris Jones: I was ‘having a conversation’ with coach Joe Cullen

Kansas City’s superstar defensive tackle insists that an on-camera incident during Sunday’s loss was “nothing.”

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As the Kansas City Chiefs were playing out a 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills on GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon, emotions were clearly running high. Following the game, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid both made uncharacteristic criticisms of Carl Cheffers’ officiating crew after the team had registered only its third set of back-to-back losses since Mahomes became the starting quarterback in 2018.

But during the game, a sideline exchange between Kansas City’s superstar defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive line coach Joe Cullen was caught by the CBS cameras. It appeared to show Jones and Cullen at odds over something — and in what appeared to be a fit of pique, Cullen hurled one of the team’s computer tablets to the ground.

“People make a big deal about that,” Jones said of the incident before Wednesday’s practice, assuring reporters there was “nothing” to it.

“Just two competitive spirits having a conversation,” insisted Jones — who also explained it was a pretty normal exchange between himself and the fiery coach.

“It’s been that way plenty of times,” he said. “I just hate [that] the camera caught it this time.”

Jones’ smiling, breezy demeanor about the whole affair suggested that it has been blown out of proportion from the beginning — and that his strong relationship with Cullen is still alive and kicking.

That certainly seems to be more than we can say about the tablet.

“Yeah,” smiled Jones, “I think the tablet lost his heartbeat. But thanks to Microsoft, we can get a couple more.”

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