Kansas City Chiefs’ Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub, Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton and linebacker Reggie Ragland met with the media on Thursday. Here are five things that stood out.
1. Besides Tyreek Hill, who were the guys who played well in your eyes?
TOUB: “Orlando (Scandrick) was singled up on a gunner and went down and made a nice no-block. He got in this guy’s way so that Tyreek (Hill) could get started. That was an important block where he didn’t have a penalty but also made a block. I think the most important block though was Armani Watts. He went out and got him to the edge and blocked (Derek) Watt, number 34, and got him to the ground, which enabled 10 (Tyreek Hill) to get to the corner. We got another block by a rookie, (Tremon) Smith, 39, 56 (Ben) Niemann made his block and then we were just out running. (Marcus) Kemp finished the punter and it was all over. Usually, when 10 (Hill) can get to the edge, he just changes angles so much that it looks like it’s easy. He’s an amazing kid.”
2. How do you anticipate future teams dealing with Tyreek (Hill) on punt returns moving forward?
TOUB: “This is very similar to what we had with Devin (Hester) in Chicago. They are going to try to hang the ball more, kick it out of bounds, but it’s hard to do that on a consistent basis. He is going to get his chances, but the main thing is, maybe we will create more field position just by having him lined up in there. It’s a good thing for us.”
3. Why have the pop passes off the jet sweep motions been so successful?
BIENIEMY: “They’ve been good, obviously, because it presents a little misdirection and we put a lot of different things on tape where we’re, I don’t want to give it all away, but we’ve presented a lot of different looks from that same formation. So, it can cause confusion. At the end of the day, we just want to make sure that our guys understand what we’re doing and that we’re putting our guys in the best position to take advantage of what they’re doing schematically on the defensive side of the ball.”
4. The Steelers haven’t scored a lot of points in recent game against you guys, but they do have time of possession and [seem to] control the game, how do you combat that?
SUTTON: “The number one thing to me - the single most important thing - is points. From a defensive standpoint, that’s the way we can best help our team have success. Now, obviously, we would like to get it with some three-and-outs and that. In those games, they ran the ball pretty good both times. The playoff games they had no touchdowns and the game last year, I think they scored their second touchdown with about three minutes to go when it bounced of Phillip Gaines’ head into Antonio’s (Brown) hands on third down and four. Those are the plays you have to make. That would change the game big time right there. We could have easily had an interception and at worst a stop, and it turned into a touchdown.
“You have to give Pittsburgh credit, they are a really good football team. They have a lot of weapons that are unique, and I am including (Le’Veon) Bell in that in that discussion right there. They have a really good offensive line. The quarterback is one of those guys that, I don’t know why, but he doesn’t usually get the recognition that these other guys get. When he is on that field, he is a major challenge. He can extend plays like probably no one else in our league. He is hard to get to the ground and has great down-field vision. He can throw it from this hash to that hash while he is scrambling. They just have a good football team. And you have to get takeaways and when you get your chances, you have to get off the field. I think that is what is important.”
5. How much of a difference is there preparing for James Conner than preparing for Le’Veon Bell?
RAGLAND: “Le’Veon (Bell) has more of a patience to his game and James (Conner), he’ll come straight down and just run it for the most part. I got to do a good job in my gaps regardless because both of them can run the ball really well. I got to do a good job of seeing it and just hitting and attacking.”