Chiefs News 11/8: Chris Jones and Jeffrey Simmons ‘conflict’ over Willis
However, Simmons has since denied it. Before getting to his reaction to Jones, here’s what the Chiefs defensive lineman had to say after the game.
“No, we are [weren’t] amazed [Willis was the starter]”Jones said. “I talked to Jeff Simmons earlier in the week and we knew. You know, you’ve got to pick their brains. We knew he was going to play. Tannehill had a boot, so we’re ready for that. [Willis] We will be. I don’t think we gave up that many rushing yards against him. In the second half, I just [saw it was] 27 plays, seven yards. Appreciation for the defense. We played a hell of a game — the second half I would say, the first half we gave up some leaky yardage. But, a team win is a heck of a thing.”
Jones gave a smile when he mentioned talking to Simmons, so it’s possible he was just messing with his friend.
But Simmons isn’t taking it lightly. On Monday, he took to Twitter to deny it.
@StoneColdJones I thought we were better than him! We didn’t talk last week. Not once did I mention anything about our QB situation. Come on bro, it’s not! And everyone gassing that bs, you all know me better than that! Idc if you were my twin brother, I would never do that!
2. Eric Bieniemy
Bieniemy should have been an NFL head coach by now. The Kansas City Chiefs Bieniemy scored the most points per game (405.4) in the NFL (30.3) since becoming an offensive coordinator in 2018. Kansas City also has the best record in the NFL during Bieniemy’s run, going 56-17 with three conference championship game appearances and a Super Bowl title in the 2019 season. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes also has the most passing yards, passing touchdowns and highest passer rating since the start of the 2018 season — all with Bieniemy as the offensive coordinator.
The Chiefs are first in the NFL in scoring this season (30.4) and second in scoring per game (415.3).
Bieniemy is a branch of the Andy Reid coaching tree, and Reid’s assistants have had plenty of success in the NFL (see John Harbaugh and Sean McDermott). Reid develops coaches like Bieniemy into innovative play callers and football team leaders. Of course, Bieniemy will know what kind of quarterback he’s looking for — something the Colts don’t know at this point.
The 53-year-old Bieniemy deserves an NFL shot.
Mahomes ran so effectively against Tennessee because of opportunity. Other teams around the league are also taking advantage. “Teams are daring people to run with all the double-high (looks),” said one NFC general manager. “Teams that can run it efficiently and explosively definitely have a chance to win.”
The key word there is “opportunity.” When people talk about Mahomes and Allen, they see quarterbacks who can carry a team. It’s a category that Philadelphia’s Jalen Hurts is moving into, too, as he’s developed from a runner who knows how to throw to a weapon that can hit you with his arm. And his leg Teams without this quarterback will have tougher sledding as the season begins.
That doesn’t mean a run-heavy team can’t reach or win the Super Bowl. It’s just that the odds are stacked against it happening. Most of the top young quarterbacks in this game are athletic enough to run plays off-script or designed runs when necessary. They also know that Willis can learn something as he matures: It helps a lot when you can win.
Winning in a variety of ways is a necessity for a championship team, but the reality is that if the Chiefs play that particular type of game again, they won’t win many others. Most teams, it turns out, have better production than Malik Willis at the quarterback position. And here’s a sentence I never expected to write: Had the opponent Sunday been Ryan Tannehill, I’d probably be writing about a different outcome.
Mahomes was forced into a career-high 68 pass attempts, and at times, it looked like he was out there alone. He had 58 more rushing yards than anyone paid by the Chiefs to run the football for a living.
The running game is a chronic problem, enough to see if personnel changes like Ronald Jones can change the production. The offensive line, a strength of this team a year ago after its turnaround, is a legitimate question mark in Week 9, and it’s not just because of how bad they were as a group in Week 9.
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Why the Ravens won
It wasn’t because they figured out how to move the ball coherently through the air; DeSean Jackson’s debut predictably ended early due to injury, and James Proche was the only receiver to log at least two catches. But Lamar Jackson still did his thing, finding Isaiah on a perfect floater for an early touchdown and showing elite moves running in, around and out of the pocket, teaming up with busy Kenyan Drake (two TDs) to help fuel. Superior backfield of the game. Defensively, the Ravens were just as, if not more, impressive; Justin Houston, 33, pushed it back to 23 with 2.5 sacks and a tipped-pass pick, while Marlon Humphrey had his own takedown on a blitz and rookie Roquan Smith made his presence felt by recording a third-down stuff. Neutralizing Alvin Kamara, “D” won against Andy Dalton from start to finish.
His position to play against the team is uncertain Minnesota Vikings on sunday.
“We’re just going through it, still evaluating it, and we’ll see where it goes,” coach Sean McDermott said Monday. “I’ll know more in the next 24 hours and then probably check in [the media] Back on Wednesday.”
Allen was injured on the final drive of the team’s 20-17 loss New York Jets. Jets defensive lineman Bryce Huff found backup right tackle David Quesenberry, filling in for injured tackle Spencer Brown, and hit Allen’s throwing arm, leading to a strip sack recovered by Buffalo.
The Eagles are the best team in the NFL
Additional reactions or realities: the reality
Philadelphia is the only team in the NFL undefeated, sitting atop the NFC East (a division with two teams at 6-2) with an 8-0 record. The Eagles are a top-five team in points and yards per game and points and yards allowed per game. They didn’t trail in the second half and led by double digits in each game.
Teams that could challenge the Eagles for the title of best team Buffalo Bill and the Kansas City Chiefs, but Buffalo was upset by the Jets on Sunday as Josh Allen had 42 passing yards. The Bills are also 2-7 in one-score games over the past two seasons.
The Minnesota Vikings are 7-1, but the Eagles blew them out in Week 2. Dallas Cowboys There are two losses, including one to the Eagles. They are a combined 13-3 – with two losses to Philadelphia.
At the halfway point, the Eagles are the better team.
In a long and winding news conference Monday night, Irsay insisted that firing head coach Frank Reich was a difficult decision. He then highlighted Jeff Saturday’s game and playing experience as reasons why he was the right person to be named interim head coach despite his lack of NFL coaching tenure.
“I’m glad he doesn’t have any NFL experience,” Irsay said during the presser, where he was joined by general manager Chris Ballard and Saturday. “I’m glad he didn’t learn the fear he has in this league, because it’s hard for all of our coaches. they are afraid They go into analysis and it becomes difficult. It’s not all. He doesn’t have that fear. And there was no other candidate. We were lucky he was available. And he has a lot of experience. He knows the game inside and out through relationships with coaches and players.
“I understand that he is fully capable of doing this.”
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“All you can do is try to limit the explosiveness,” defensive tackle Khalen Saunders told reporters after the game. “I think in the first half he was like two bigs out there… we came [in the locker room] At halftime – and it was like, ‘If we close this out,’ you see when you do that it limits. So I was happy to get out [of the] get half [those] stop.”
After the Titans’ second score was Henry Just 27 rushing yards — and nearly half of quarterbacks have gained passing yards to Malik Willis in that span. Once the Chiefs’ defense cleaned things up, they really stifled Tennessee’s offensive attack.
“We’re just kind of knocking off the rust [from coming] Off the bye week,” admitted linebacker Nick Bolton. “We are kind [started] A bit sloppy, tackling-wise. [We had a] Couple bad fits here and there [that] Kind of led to explosive runs.
“We were able to settle down, get the Chiefs defense and get back into the zone to stop the run. We did better in the second half.”
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