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Kansas City ChiefsCompiled by FootballDiehards Editor Bob Harris | Updated 18 January 2022
As ESPN.com's Adam Teicher reported it, "Their fingerprints were still fresh on the Lombardi Trophy from Super Bowl LIV when the Kansas City Chiefs hit on a theme for the 2020 season."
They wanted to, in their words, "Run it back" by winning another championship with largely the same cast.
"This isn't the only time," defensive lineman Chris Jones said moments after the Super Bowl win. "We are going to crank this thing up. Kansas City, we are going to build something special here and we are going to come back. We are going to come back. This is not the only one we are going to win for coach Andy Reid and the Hunt family. We are going to come back and we are going to make it happen.
"Win not only one championship [but] two, three, four. We've got to build a dynasty here."
The Chiefs still have some work to do to fulfill Jones' promise, but they're off to a good start.
They'll face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV Sunday after beating the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship Game.
According to Teicher, their success can be traced to the offseason decision to keep the 2019 roster mostly intact.
"We had a good core and nucleus with Patrick Mahomes and [Jones] and Tyrann Mathieu and I think our mindset was to just fill in as much talent as we could," general manager Brett Veach said after the victory over the Bills. "I think you know when you have a Hall of Fame coach and you have the best player in the National Football League that you're going to have a chance to win every game. I think we knew that there was a good chance that we could go out there and compete week in and week out.
"It was just a matter of filling out the depth of that roster and making sure that when we did run into some issues throughout the course of the season, we were prepared from a depth standpoint."
The Chiefs, who at one point early in the offseason had $177 of salary cap space, managed new contracts for key players in Jones and cornerback Bashaud Breeland and a restructured deal for wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
They also re-signed others, like backup quarterback Chad Henne and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson, and even found room for extensions for Mahomes and tight end Travis Kelce.
As training camp loomed, the Chiefs looked set to bring back 10 Super Bowl starters on both offense and defense. The losses were a linebacker, Reggie Ragland, who though technically a starter came out of the lineup on passing downs and played about a quarter of the Chiefs' defensive snaps during the season, and an offensive lineman, Stefen Wisniewski.
Wisniewski returned to the Chiefs at midseason and is a likely starter in the upcoming Super Bowl.
The number of returning starters was reduced as training camp started when running back Damien Williams and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opted out for COVID-19 reasons. The Chiefs still went into the season with incredible continuity for any team, much less a defending Super Bowl champion with a tight salary cap situation and some big contracts to wrestle with.
Most of the higher-priced players signed or re-signed by the Chiefs since Veach became the general manager in the summer of 2017 were in the prime of their careers. Watkins was 24 when he joined the Chiefs, linebacker Anthony Hitchens 25, defensive back Tyrann Mathieu 26 and defensive end Frank Clark 25.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was 25 when he received a new contract. Jones was 26, Mahomes 24.
The exception was Kelce, who was two months away from turning 31 when he signed an extension last summer. But Kelce just finished his best regular season -- he finished second in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,416 -- and had two big games in the playoffs.
"When we brought the nucleus of this team together, the idea was to have a team that would be together for a number of years," chairman Clark Hunt said. "Many of the key contributors were very young when we either drafted them or signed them as free agents and we're just watching the group grow up in front of our eyes."
The Chiefs were driven last year by the previous season's overtime loss to the New England Patriots. Their motivation this season is that because they decided to "Run it back," their opportunity to win a second consecutive title is wide open.
Meanwhile, when the Chiefs made the Super Bowl last year, they arrived in Miami a week ahead of the game in order to take part in media night and the other availabilities in the days leading up to the game.
Things are different this year.
They'll be traveling as if it were a regular road game while all the media sessions will be held virtually. Reid said last Monday that not losing a day due to travel and media night could be a plus, but he still expects the team to feel a squeeze on their time.
"The first week's similar to what you had last year," Reid said. "The one thing that you're minus is that long travel day, media day, that thing. You've still got it, but it's right here at home. ... Other than that, you're still going to have obligations, a tremendous amount of obligations, to the media. You gotta work your schedule around that so that it fits. That second week is a little bit of a challenge."
The Chiefs handled the challenges of Super Bowl week without much problem last year and everyone's grown used to the remote media access over the course of the season, so it's hard to imagine that they'll be too thrown by the way things will unfold this year.
For what it's worth, Associated Press sports writer Dave Skretta reported the Chiefs began film study of the Buccaneers early last Monday, a day that is typically reserved for film study and rehab work with trainers. The reason is simple: Reid wanted to cram as much in as possible before things got busier later in the week.
In addition, Skretta also pointed out that every facet of the offense was in synch against the Bills. Mahomes had time in the pocket and was mobile enough on his ailing toe when he was flushed from it. Kelce and Hill made mincemeat of the Buffalo secondary.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams scored on the ground, a good sign for a team that has struggle to get touchdowns in the red zone.
Of some concern?
The return game has been iffy for weeks, and two bad plays stood out against the Bills. Mecole Hardman's fumble of a punt gave the Bills an easy touchdown and put Kansas City in a 9-0 hole, and the Chiefs were unable to hop on an onside kick near the end of the game.
Watkins has been out with a calf injury since Week 16, and while he practiced in a limited capacity all week he was again inactive on game day. The Chiefs have proven they are just fine without their oft-injured wide receiver, and that means there's a good chance he won't get another $7 million contract from the Chiefs for next season.
Le'Veon Bell also missed the Championship win.
The Chiefs closed out their off-week practices on Friday and neither Watkins nor Bell were on the field to wrap up the week of work. They were listed as limited the previous two days. The team said they would be questionable if there was a game this weekend.
Cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot) and L'Jarius Sneed (concussion) would be in the same category. Sneed was a limited participant on Friday while Fenton was bumped up to full participation for the first time this week.
Next up, we'll see where things go this week. In addition to posting daily updates of the official NFL Injury/Practice report through Friday, we'll be following up on all involved in the News and Views section of the site in coming days. ...
Elsewhere on the injury front. ... Left tackle Eric Fisher won't play against the Buccaneers after he tore his Achilles tendon in the AFC Championship Game. Willie Gay Jr. also will not play after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week.
The operation puts Gay on a four-month recovery timeline, but he should be ready in time for the 2021 season.
Gay started in eight of the 16 games in which he appeared as a rookie in 2020, recording 39 tackles (three for loss), one sack, three passes defensed and one forced fumble. He did not appear in a postseason game for the Chiefs.
As for Fisher, the Chiefs shifted Remmers to his spot against the Bills, and Remmers is the likely starter at left tackle against the Bucs, who finished the regular season tied for fourth in sacks with 48. The Bucs have seven sacks in their three playoff games, including five in their NFC Championship Game win over the Green Bay Packers.
As NFL.com noted, the Chiefs have had to dig deep into their offensive line depth this season.
They will play against the Bucs with three starting offensive linemen out with injuries, including both starting tackles (right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has been sidelined since Week 6 with a back injury). As noted above, the Chiefs also had Duvernay-Tardif, a starter, and one backup, Lucas Niang, opt out before the start of training camp.
"They're talented guys," Reid said when asked how the offensive line has been able to hold up well through so much depletion. "In some cases we've had some young guys step in and ... we've had some older guys step in. That combination has been able to get us through some games here. Most of all, I think the quarterback trusts them, as do the running backs."
Fisher started 15 regular-season games for the Chiefs, then both playoff games. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the second time in his career. ...
Those issues aside, it's hard to be dismissive of Kansas City's chances based on not only their level of talent at key spots -- but the fact that those talented players are on a serious roll in the postseason.
More specifically, Kelce and Hill will enter this one at full speed in terms of playoff production.
In the divisional round, Kelce had eight receptions for 109 yards with a touchdown and Hill had eight catches for 110 yards. In the AFC Championship Game, Hill had nine catches for 172 yards and Kelce caught 13 passes for 118 yards and two TDs.
But more striking is their targets. Kelce and Hill each had 10 against the Browns. Kelce had 15 against the Bills and Hill had 11.
No other player has received more than five in a game.
Mahomes said Thursday that's just a product of those two players getting open.
"They're playing really good football right now. That's the biggest thing," Mahomes said. "I'm just taking what's there, trying to get the ball to guys in space. I'm never someone that kind of chooses who I'm throwing to - I just throw it to whoever's open. And so those guys have been getting open, I've been able to get them the ball. And I'm sure the Bucs have seen that as well, so I'm sure they'll have a game plan to try to slow those guys down and we'll have to adjust to that."
Watching Chiefs games, it is striking how often Kelce and Hill seem to be wide open when Mahomes targets them.
The Buccaneers will have a tall task in slowing down that dynamic attack in Super Bowl LV. ...
A few final items. ... Another coaching cycle has come and gone, and Eric Bieniemy remains with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Those within the building in K.C. are just as stupefied as most of the public about why Reid's right-hand man for years isn't steering his own ship.
"It amazes me, honestly," Mahomes said last Thursday after the Texans hired Ravens assistant head coach David Culley to fill the last head coaching opening. "The first year, you kind of were like, 'All right, it's just his first cycle through.' Then last year, the interviews, you're like, 'For sure he's gonna get a job.' Then this year.
"If you look at his track record and the way he's able to coach us, the way he's able to lead men -- people say that, but to be able to lead a locker room of people from every different background, every different race and everything like that, and be able to be the lead of the locker room is a special talent. It's a talent, and he's able to do that."
As NFL.com's Kevin Patra suggests, the idea that not calling plays hinders the Chiefs OC from getting hired doesn't hold water. Nearly half the coaches who did get jobs this cycle didn't call plays -- Dan Campbell (Lions), Culley (Texans), Nick Sirianni (Eagles).
"The way he's able to go about calling plays throughout the game -- I understand we have coach Reid, and coach Reid calls plays, but there's a ton of input from coach Bieniemy and he calls a ton of plays in our game plan," Mahomes said. "It just gets overlooked. I mean, who knows what it is? It's a loss for everybody else in the NFL and a gain for us. Hopefully he gets his chance, because he'll succeed at wherever he is. But if he doesn't, we're glad enough to have him back again."
Bieniemy making back-to-back Super Bowls with the Chiefs could have been an excuse for teams who didn't want to wait to make a hire. That rationale has been disproven in the past -- Matt Patricia, for one, got hired by Detroit after a Super Bowl loss in 2018.
While others get hired, Bieniemy will just keep helping the Chiefs compete for Super Bowls.
"I'm glad I have him, but I'm not so glad I have him," Reid noted. "I was really hoping he would have an opportunity to take one of these jobs."
Maybe next year. Again. ...
The Buccaneers, who will be the first team to ever play a Super Bowl in their home stadium, will don their white jerseys and pewter pants, while the Chiefs will sport their red jerseys.
Tom Brady and the Bucs, the designated home team, have chosen to wear the white jerseys they wore when defeating the New Orleans Saints on the road in the Divisional Round and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field during their current postseason run.
As Mahomes and the Chiefs, the designated road team, look to complete their run of back-to-back Super Bowl titles, they will do so wearing the same red jerseys in which they defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
And last. ... Reid moved into a tie with Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs for fourth on the NFL's career postseason wins list. Two more would tie him with Don Shula and a third with Tom Landry, though Bill Belichick is far-and-away the leader with 31 wins.
QBs: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne
RBs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, Derrick Gore, Jerick McKinnon
WRs: Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, Marcus Kemp, Josh Gordon
TEs: Travis Kelce, Noah Gray, Blake Bell
Tampa Bay BuccaneersCompiled by FootballDiehards Editor Bob Harris | Updated 18 January 2022
On fourth-and-4 against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, with 13 seconds left before halftime and looking to pad a 14-10 lead, head coach Bruce Arians told his punt team to get off the field -- they were going for it.
"I was like, 'We didn't come here to not take chances to win the game,'" said Arians, whose "no risk it, no biscuit" philosophy -- not only on the field but off -- is one of the big reasons the Bucs are headed to the Super Bowl this year.
"The coaches told us. ... All week, 'We're gonna be aggressive, we're gonna go at 'em, we're gonna take chances with the guys that we've got, that's what we do," said wide receiver Scott Miller, who, after a 6-yard catch by Leonard Fournette to convert that fourth down, caught a 39-yard touchdown to extend Tampa Bay's halftime lead to 11 points.
By contrast, Packers coach Matt LaFleur kicked a field goal after being down 31-23 with 2:09 to go in regulation and never got the ball back.
Added Miller: "It was a risk at the time, but there was only 13 seconds left, so if we didn't run a play, we'd probably waste six [seconds], and then they'd probably throw a Hail Mary as well, so why not let us do it?"
As ESPN.com's Jenna Laine noted, Arians, a 68-year-old whose health issues led him into retirement after the 2017 season, didn't come back to football in 2019 to play scared, to hold back or leave things unsaid. He takes risks, makes unpopular decisions and does so with conviction -- much of that stemming from the long wait he had to become a first-time NFL head coach at 60.
"For me, there were times when I never thought it would happen," Arians said. "I never thought I would get a head-coaching job. After the cancer scare in Arizona, sitting out that year and then coming back -- this has been the most rewarding year of coaching in my life."
He told reporters at the NFL combine last February that if he could have his pick, he wanted Tom Brady, an audacious statement considering the Bucs' 7-9 record at the time. Then when he got Brady, he was scrutinized for his candor talking about Brady's mistakes publicly, which never happened in New England. Yet Arians scoffed at any notion of friction.
Arians' unique coaching style has also been about conveying support, which in numerous instances, made a world of difference for players and his assistants.
When offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich's play calling was called into question at times, Arians stood by him, not once considering taking back those duties.
When running back Ronald Jones had a costly fumble at the New York Giants, and then again at Carolina, Arians didn't scold him on the sideline, or bench him. Recognizing Jones was "in the tank," Arians pulled him aside and said, "'Let it go. The team's going to need you today, so you got to get back out there.'" Jones ripped off a 98-yard touchdown in the second half.
Arians welcomed wide receiver Antonio Brown, who served an eight-game suspension this season due to multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy, after the coach had said just a few months earlier that he "wasn't a fit." Brown was accused by two women of sexual misconduct.
But Arians didn't just tolerate him -- he went to bat for him, knowing the criticism that would come given Arians' advocacy for women and his desire to give second chances.
Fournette was another player who came to Tampa looking to start over.
"I tell AB every day at practice, 'Just thank God for second chances,'" said Fournette, whom Arians had to sell on being a backup in Tampa after he was used to having entire offenses run through him in Jacksonville.
"We had our personal talks," Fournette said. "And he asked me through the duration of the season, 'What do I see myself [as] or what do I want to be?' Because I was upset plenty of times after the games because I wasn't getting the ball or anything. He just sat down and had a real talk with me."
Arians held Fournette out an extra week in Week 6 - against Green Bay -- because he was concerned the running back's ankle wasn't 100%. He told Fournette, "We're gonna need you for the long run."
At first Fournette was angry, but he gained respect for Arians for making the decision. He realized Arians was trying to protect him. And he thought he and Jones made a great one-two punch.
Lo and behold, when Jones suffered a quad injury and became a late scratch just before the Bucs' wild-card game at Washington, Fournette gashed his way for 93 yards, with 39 receiving yards.
That's how "Playoff Lenny" was born. His 313 yards from scrimmage have been the most of any player this postseason. He's fresher than he has felt in years and believes Arians has helped prolong his career. Which is why he jumped at the chance to answer Arians' call on fourth down.
Fournette told him, "Let's just keep fighting."
The end result?
A trip -- that's not actually a trip at all -- to play for the NFL Championship at their home stadium in Super Bowl LV.
The Buccaneers have another rematch in store this weekend, having lost to the Chiefs back in Week 12.
In the first meeting, the Buccaneers essentially lost the game in the first 15 minutes.
Arians' squad got dive-bombed by Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, trailing 17-0 before the end of the first quarter. Hill generated 203 yards on seven receptions with two TDs -- a 75-yarder and a 44-yarder -- in the opening quarter. Leaving Carlton Davis on an island early proved faulty.
The Bucs flipped the game plan and tightened the tilt with two fourth-quarter TDs, to close the score to 27-24. But Mahomes generated three first downs to ice the clock. The early barrage proved enough to secure the win.
Ahead of the Super Bowl LV rematch, Arians knows the Bucs will need to be better than how they started Week 12.
"We'll help a little bit more than we did in that ballgame," the Bucs coach said Monday, via the team's official transcript. "Again, you learn from mistakes [and] you learn from really good things, and there were some really good things in that game. We've got a lot of stuff to build on."
The Bucs gave up 462 yards passing to Mahomes with three TDs in the first meeting. Hill generated 269 yards and three TDs on 13 catches (only 59 yards coming after halftime). Star tight end Travis Kelce earned eight catches for 82 yards.
Arians knows slowing K.C. is the ultimate Super Bowl challenge.
"You go back, and you look at the game and what matchups you had," Arians said. "This one, again, familiarity helps. I'm not really excited to play Hill, Kelce and Mahomes. That's a formidable challenge, but our guys will be up for it."
Slowing Kelce is a task every defense enters the game against Kansas City as a top priority. Few pull it off.
"It's really hard," Arians said. "He reminds me a lot of Tony Gonzalez back when he was unbelievable just trying to stop him. He's got wide receiver skills and he runs like a wide receiver. He runs routes like a wideout [and] he beats corners. It's a hard, hard challenge, but Todd [Bowles] will come up with some schemes. Again, we've got to get after the quarterback and we can't let [Mahomes] run around and make those plays that he and Kelce do so well."
The Bucs defensive front will play a key role in helping out the back end in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs are in line to play without both of their starting offensive tackles -- Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. If Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul can take advantage and squish Mahomes in the pocket, it will go a long way in helping protect a young secondary from getting torched again by the Chiefs offense.
On the injury front. ... The Buccaneers hope to have starting safety Jordan Whitehead back on the field for Super Bowl LV.
Whitehead is dealing with a labrum and additional shoulder issue stemming from the win over Green Bay. The third-year pro made some massive plays before getting injured, including two forced fumbles, one of which the Bucs recovered.
Rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. missed the NFC Championship Game also due to injury.
Brown also sat out the game with a knee injury.
The Bucs were required to submit a status report last Friday as if the game was being played on the off Sunday, and they listed both Brown and Whitehead (shoulder/knee) as doubtful. Linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and Winfield were questionable.
None of the four players practiced last week.
Pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) also didn't practice last week, but the Bucs did not list him with a designation indicating Pierre-Paul is good to go for Sunday's game.
The team added defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the practice report. He did not practice but it was not injury related.
Receiver Mike Evans (knee) and nose tackle Vita Vea (ankle) were limited all week and receiver Chris Godwin (elbow) was a full participant.
Now they'll all go through the same process again this week.
In addition to posting daily updates of the official NFL Injury/Practice report through Friday, we'll be following up on all involved in the News and Views section of the site in coming days. ...
Meanwhile, with Brown sidelined, young receivers Miller and Tyler Johnson both contributed to the NFC championship win. Miller had the above-mentioned TD reception 1 second before halftime, and Johnson drew a pass interference penalty on third down, giving the Bucs a chance to run out the clock after the Packers trimmed what once an 18-point deficit to five with just over two minutes remaining.
The speedy Miller has proven to be a trusted target of Brady's.
But how speedy is he?
Asked by Dan Patrick to compare himself to Hill, Miller said he believes he would win a one-on-one footrace.
"I'm taking me, every day of the week," Miller said. "I'll take me over anybody. Tyreek is unbelievable, super quick, unbelievable talent. But if we're talking about a race, I've got all the confidence in myself going up against anybody."
Asked if he considers himself the fastest player in the NFL, Miller said, "Yes, sir."
As Profootballtalk.com noted, neither Miller nor Hill attended the Scouting Combine, so a valid comparison of their 40-yard dash times for them are hard to find. But Miller reportedly ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day, while Hill was reported at 4.29 seconds.
Bottom line: Both are plenty fast. ...
Also worth noting. ... If you're thinking it might be a good idea to make sure he's involved early and often, Arians cautioned against forcing the ball to Evans.
"We threw a couple of interceptions [against Green Bay] trying to get [Evans] the ball," Arians said. "And I think sometimes we know Mike is such a weapon we say, 'Let's force it to him.' And I get in that habit myself. Just let it play out. You know, let [Godwin] and [Miller] and everybody else do their job. We had a big, big screen pass to [Rob Gronkowski] in the fourth quarter, but yeah, sometimes we can force it to Mike."
As Profootballtalk.com notes, the first interception on a ball to Evans wasn't forced; it was simply a bad throw by Brady. Evans was open. If Brady had aimed a bit lower, Evans would have had a much better chance to catch it. Instead, the ball glanced off Evans' hands and caromed to Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander.
The second interception on a ball to Evans wasn't forced to Evans, per se. Brady - facing a safety blitz - wanted to unload the ball before taking a hit. Evans just happened to be the guy closest to where the ball landed. Alexander got to the ball mainly because the ball got to him.
And Arians is right about the weapons that the Buccaneers enjoy.
Between Evans, Godwin, Brown, Miller, Johnson, Gronk, Cameron Brate, Johnson and the running backs, Brady never should have to force the ball to anyone. ...
And finally. ... If the Buccaneers best the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, Arians won't ride off into the sunset atop the football world.
During an appearance on 95.3 WDAE in Tampa last Wednesday, Arians was asked if he would retire if the Bucs win Super Bowl LV.
"Hell no," Arians said. "I'm going for two. If the Glazers will have me back."
Suffice it to say the Buccaneers owners should want Arians back, win or lose.
The thought that Arians could walk away after winning his first Super Bowl as a head coach was a potential storyline leading up to the Feb. 7 showdown. It would have followed that Arians would leave Tampa in the capable care of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles or Leftwich.
Instead, the veteran coach dashed those questions early.
If the Bucs win, the QB Whisperer will give it another go with Brady.
But could it be more than one more year?
For both coach and quarterback?
As Profootballtalk.com's Mike Florio reminded readers last week, at one point in his career, Brady's standard answer regarding the duration of his contract was, "Ten more years."
Eventually, the answer shifted to a specific age. Forty-five.
Specifically, the year in which he turns 45. That will be August of 2022. Two more seasons.
Considering how he's playing, why stop there?
Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com, who has established a pipeline to Camp Brady, recently suggested on ESPN Radio that the 45-year-old expiration date "in part had to do with family reasons." Darlington said that Brady's family is "very happy in Tampa right now."
So maybe Brady not only plays for the Bucs in 2021. And 2022. And beyond.
As a coach explained to Florio several years ago, Brady's arm will be as strong as it currently is into his 50s. The thing to watch is his legs. When he can no longer get away from pressure and starts getting hit by guys who are now literally less than half his age, injuries will creep in.
That could still be awhile.
As Florio further noted, Brady has mastered the ability to anticipate a hit and get rid of the ball - even if it means an interception (like it did in the Championship game in Green Bay when Packers safety Darnell Savage was closing in, and Brady threw up a pass that was snatched by Green Bay cornerback Jaire Alexander).
"For the Bucs or any other team that may employ Brady," Florio summed up, "that's a small price to pay to have a season or two with a GOAT who wants to keep grazing for as long as he can."
QBs: Tom Brady, Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask
RBs: Leonard Fournette, Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Giovani Bernard, Le'Veon Bell, Ronald Jones
WRs: Mike Evans, Cyril Grayson, Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, Jaelon Darden, Scott Miller, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown
TEs: Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate