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Dave Toub, Matt Nagy and Bob Sutton spoke to the media on Thursday

CHIEFS SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR DAVE TOUB

Opening Statement: “First of all I would like to congratulate Dustin Colquitt on becoming the fourth punter in NFL history to get 400 inside the 20. He’s to be commended on that. That’s an awesome feat.”

Q: How do you coach that?

TOUB: “I wish it was me. It’s really him. He’s been doing it his whole career well before I got here. He has a knack for having a touch with his leg and knowing exactly where to put it, playing the wind, understanding who the gunners are, who the returner is and he just has a great feel for it.”

Q: Is there a particular stat or trend you’ve had throughout your career that you’re most proud of?

TOUB: “I’m afraid of this one. This is one where, giving up a touchdown, that’s the thing that really scares me and I don’t even like talking about it to be honest with you. But that’s something that I’m proud of that we haven’t done that in a long time.”

Q: What did you say to (Harrison) Butker after he missed that first one?

TOUB: “I asked what his line was because we had the wind right to left and before I even got that answer Andy (Reid) came running over and told him, ‘Hey we’re going right back to you’. So really I think it was Andy more so than what I said to calm him down.”

Q: Did you get a sense that he was pretty nervous?

TOUB: “I was nervous for him, but he didn’t show the nervousness. His body language was excellent. Even after he hit the first one and called a timeout he was back there and calm as heck.”

Q: That’s a big ask?

TOUB: “It is and the thing about him, most rookie kickers, you have to slow them down, but we have to speed him up. He almost doesn’t get the ball off because he’s so looking at his line and pretty meticulous and poised and it says a lot about him.”

Q: How much did James (Winchester) and Dustin help him get acclimated to the whole thing?

TOUB: “A lot. It’s critical. Dustin especially. Dustin is like a kicker whisperer. He speaks that language and he talks and he knows exactly what went wrong when he misses. He knows a lot more than I know. I just know getting the ball through the uprights is good, but Dustin he knows the finer points doing it so long as a veteran and one of the best holders in the league, he knows all the finer points to kicking.”

Q: Where do you feel like your return game is at?

TOUB: “Not good enough. We’re not happy with our return game right now. We have to do a better job of blocking on kick returns. As far as punt returns we’re getting a lot of pooch punts and they’re hanging the ball up on us and causing fair catches. We’re going to get our opportunities. It’s a long season, any time we have 10 (Tyreek Hill) back there there’s always that chance we’re going to get a ball kicked to us.”

CHIEFS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR MATT NAGY

Q: How did the offensive line come through in a tough situation like that?

NAGY: “They battled, that was a tough situation. That was one of the more physical games that you’re going to have. That defensive line and the way they bring it, to have Larry (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif) go down there early is tough on the guys. It’s the next man up mentality which is what w Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey e’ve had and I thought the guys did really well with that.”

Q: Did a great job on (Ryan) Kerrigan, was that a special point of emphasis?

NAGY: “Not necessarily. We knew he was a special player and he’s having a great year right now. For us, that defensive line I thought they worked well as a unit so if you focus on one guy in parti Custom Twins Jersey cular, could get you in trouble. But overall, Kerrigan didn’t have the numbers game, but he’s a hell of a player.”

Q: Has it been an unusual number of top-notch defensive lines?

NAGY: “That’s what it feels like. You take that and you get with our defensive line in training camp and it just stretches out even more. Each week, I think it’s a trend right now in the NFL, but it just seems every team you play has a dominant defensive line. But that’s a challenge for us, so it’s good.”

CHIEFS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR BOB SUTTON

Q: Can you talk about the play of Terrance Mitchell lately?

SUTTON: “I think Terrance had a really good game this past week against the Redskins. As I’ve said here before, Terrance plays every play like it’s an individual play no matter what’s just happened to him, good, bad, indifferent, he plays the next play and that’s a really great trait. I thought he played really well, made a couple really good pass break ups in the game against Washington and I think he’s getting better every week. I really do.”

Q: What does the addition of Will Fuller bring?

SUTTON: “He’s got great speed. That’s what Will is noted for. He can run right past you and you know he’s going to run past you, but he’s just fast. That’s the dynamic he brings. He gives them another dimension. They’ve got some pretty good receiving guys there. Obviously DeAndre Hopkins, 10, is an outstanding player. Will’s got the great speed in there and they have about three or four guys in there that are playing pretty good for them right now.”

Q: Reggie Ragland, what did you see from him?

SUTTON: “I thought he did a nice job. That’s exactly right, we hadn’t seen him live at all. We got him late here obviously and we just thought through essentially his work on the scout team that, hey this guy has got a chance, we think he deserves an opportunity here. I thought for  new york mets custom jersey the first time out he did pretty g Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey ood custom mlb jersey . Like anybody who misses time for any reason the first thing you have to get back out there is your reaction time and sometimes you see what you want to do, but you just can’t make your body do it quite as quick as you’d like to. I just think that part of his game is going to continue to improve, obviously the more he’s o Custom Mets Jersey ut here and the more reps  Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap he gets in that regard.”

What We Le custom Mets jersey arned From Wednesday’s Media Availability

Andy Reid, Alex Smith and Chris Jones spoke to the media Wednesday

CHIEFS HEAD COACH ANDY REID

Opening Statement: “As far as injuries go Mitch Morse is the only one that won’t practice today, he’s got a foot sprain and we’ll just see how he does here – take it day by day, see how it works out. Look forward to playing the LA Chargers and we know they’re a good football team. Their last two games have come right down to the end. They’ve had more of those types of games than anybody over the last two years and then including this year that would be the third year. That same situation. When you play right to the end there, you’re a good football team and that’s what they do.”

Q: Does it factor into a team’s psyche at all whe new york mets custom jersey n they lose so many close ones?

REID: “Well they’ve won some to, so that’s what’s happened here. The main point is they’re right there. That’s important. We’ve got to make sure we take care of our business and detail all our practice work. We can do a lot better job than we did last week.”

Q: How weird does it feel after so many years in the league you call them the Los Angeles Chargers?

REID: “Yeah, you have to think about it. It’s different.”

Q: Philip Rivers mentioned that playing on that field is different than an NFL field and said it was an adjustment for him – what do you guys know about what the field conditions will be like in that stadium?

REID: “I had a chance to go down to an all-star game down there so I’ve seen it before. Real nice facilities, it’s just a little bit smaller. So it’ll be different, it’s different than an NFL stadium. But I think once you get going you’re playing.”

Q: What about the grass? The turf itself, is it much different?

REID: “I didn’t notice that when I was there. I was there a couple years ago, I didn’t notice that. It seemed like a normal stadium.”

Q: He only touched the ball once, but what did you think of Akeem Hunt?

REID: “It was a good touch that he had. I think he, from the tape that I saw when he was with Houston, I thought he was a good player. Brett (Veach) showed me a little bit of that. Then what he’s done out here has been good. It’s just been a matter of getting him in the swing of things. We’ll see how he does. As far as the offense goes, there are some nice things on the special teams, but he hasn’t really worked into the offense yet. We just have to see how that goes.”

Q: What did you see in Kareem (Hunt) coming out that made you confident that he could fit in your offense, especially in the passing game?

REID: “Listen, (John) Dorsey gets credit for that. I just saw him on Thursday nights, sitting in my office and he looked like he was a good player. He always seemed to finish the game strong. You know Thursday night games, you’re doing your work and you have the game on and he kind of jumped out on that team there, they relied on him quite a b Custom Mets Jersey it. Then Dorsey had me watch tape on him after the season and I thought he was a good player, I thought he caught the ball well. He was tough, he was smart and thought he would fit in well.”

Q: How rare is that for a rookie to be able to pick up what you want in the passing game this quickly and be able to contribute?

REID: “I was blessed to have Duce Staley and Brian Westbrook and both of those two are smart guys, I had other guys that were good too, but those two were able to pick it up fast. Duce had already been in the league a little bit when I got to Philadelphia, but Brian I had as a rookie and he was one of the few that just kind of got it right there. This kid, he understands it. That part is not a real struggle for him, now I think he’s got a great coach too. I think Eric Bieniemy does a phenomenal job with him and spends a lot of time with him. I’m not telling you that there’s not a lot of work that goes into it, but he’s able to pick it up.”

Q: Have you continued your message with Travis (Kelce) these last few days or does whatever you said on Sunday stand?

REID: “Travis knows how I think.”

Q: Have you said anything after Sunday?

REID: “That’s between Travis and I.”

Q: Hasn’t he known before? You had trouble with him last year.

REID: “He knows.”

Q: The success that you have had in the red zone, I know it was an area that you talked about last year being more efficient down there, what do you attribute the success this year down there to?

REID: “I think the plays we’re dialing up are good, but I think most of all the guys are doing a great job executing them. That’s something you’ve got to stay on every week. That’s a great challenge to get down in there. Defenses have that twelfth guy back there with the end line, so you have to put a lot of focus and emphasis on that. You don’t get a ton of reps on it like you do your base stuff, so you’ve got to really keep yourself in tune with that.”

Q: Th customized minnesota twins jersey cheap ere hasn’t been much history of teams being uprooted and moving and having a lot of success and they’ve got a first year head coach as well. Can you imagine what that would be like and how difficult of a challenge that is for the Chargers coaches?

REID: “I think it’s probably a great challenge, but he’s a good football coach. If anybody can do it he can do that. He’s got a good staff, but I’m sure there are challenges that come with that that don’t come when you take over a place that’s already there, that’s just part of it. Like I said, he’s a pretty toughminded guy and I don’t think he’s going to let that get in his way.”

Q: Would you talk your quarterback out of commuting three hours a day?

REID: “I don’t know, that guy’s pretty good. He’s got a nice set up in that bus too. That’s quite a deal.”

Q: Do you have an opinion on LA having two teams, or the Chargers being uprooted? Any personal opinion about that at all?

REID: “I’m from there. I’m a Los Angeles guy so I’m glad they have football back there, pro football. They’ve got some good college teams, but I’m glad that the pro game is back in there. It’s a big city, they can handle two teams.”

QB ALEX SMITH

Q: Was it a thought of your thought process when they drafted Patrick Mahomes that you were going to make it as hard on them to make a decision as possible?

SMITH: “Oh, for sure. Yeah, and I’ve said before, the reality is whether or not we drafted Pat, I still had to make that decision for them anyway. You either hold up your end or you don’t. If you don’t, you’re not going to be around. Each club is going to go find somebody. The reality was, it is easy to get caught up in that when we do draft him, but, really, the situation hasn’t changed. That’s reality of it when you are this far along in your career. You have to go prove yourself every year.”

Q: You guys have won 11 straight in the division, what can you point to that made that possible?

SMITH: “The division is so tough and so competitive. All these games have such a unique rivalry to them. They all come down to the wire and all come down to a couple plays that make the difference. I wish I could tell you, I wish I had the secret. I’m sure it is a ton of things. It is ultimately about the 53 guys. It is about us scratching and fighting and clawing for the smallest of little victories that end up adding up to being the difference to winning these games because the margins are so small.”

Q: How is it for you going to face the Chargers and not going to San Diego?

SMITH: “I feel like I have played enough down there that this will be new. But they are still the Chargers. The stakes are high enough. We are opening up the division. There will be some newness. New stadium, new surroundings. There may be some weird things with it kind of being a soccer stadium. Just getting ready for that and not letting it detract from any focus or attention to the game.”

Q: When did you see Kareem be able to pick up so much in the passing game and why do you think he has been able to contribute so quickly?

SMITH: “It has been a process. He showed that he was a very capable receiver early. He had really good hands and could run routes, natural catcher. There are so many little things, especially with the back routes, leverage, they get covered by a lot of different guys. You have to understand all that on the fly and how you are going to combat it. I just think there are so many compartments that you have to handle. Two-minute, third down, really getting more exotic things in the pressure there with the protection and route-running, goal line, four minute. There are so many little things, you have to be able to handle all those compartments as a running back. I think he has done a really good job. To answer your question, I don’t think there was every any one point, it was kind of just a process. We added more and more to his plat Men’s Authentic Personalized New York Mets Home White Stitched Baseball Jersey e. And obviously, with Spence (Ware) going down, a lot go thrown on him right then. He has responded.”

Q: What was the pulse of the community of San Diego now that the chargers were not there?

SMITH: “Obviously very bitter knowing their team is leaving. Upset something couldn’t get worked out. Very upset out it.”

Q: Would you contribute some of the sacks you took on Sunday to looking down field more and spending more time trying to see if something opens up down there?

SMITH: “Yeah, I think they are all different. You look back and some of them could have been avoided for a Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap  lot of different reasons. Get the ball out, different things. You knew it was going to be a week like that. They had a good front. They have potential to make some plays. I think this is the way the game played out. I don’t think it was necessarily from looking down field. We did get in some bad situations I think that led to that. There were a couple sacks that happened in third-and-long. It is not where you want to be versus a defense like that because that is where they want you. I think it is more a reflection of that rather than pushing it down the field or anything.”

Q: With a division full of elite pass rushers, how do you try to prepare for a division with guys like Bosa, Miller and Mack?

SMITH: “Yeah, it is every week. The entire division has guys that can get after the passer. (The Chargers) have two guys like this with (Melvin) Ingram playing as good as he is and (Joey) Bosa. Those two guys are both really good players, physical, and can get after you in the run and the pass. They present a unique problem when you have two edge guys like that that are playing at a high level as they are, it makes things tough. You have to be on it, certainly.”

Q: Can you explain the skill that it takes for your receivers to get separation from defenders?

SMITH: “So many things go into that. Releases, speed in and out of cuts. There is a lot of knowledge that goes into that, how you are attacking the leverage you are getting. You have to have a counter punch. Especially young guys. It is not the line on the paper. You have to understand how they are playing you, how you are going to counter it. There are so many factors that go into getting open and uncovering. I think for a young group, our guys have a good understanding of that. There’s a lot that goes into that.”

Q: You guys spend a lot of time on the AFC West opponents in training camp, do you think that is helpful?

SMITH: “The majority is ones-vs-ones. We do a little bit where we do overviews on the division. You play them twice. I think it is really helpful, especially this year when there’s turnover and we have had turnover, especially at the coordinator positions with in the division. New schemes, getting familiar with what the new schemes might be, where the coordinator came from. Getting some of that and getting it in your brain early, I think it is a good thing.”

Q: Any more or less emphasis on these games from other coaches you have played for?

SMITH: “The division games are always big. I just think this division, the parody from top to bottom is so crazy. Everyone is playing at such a high level. I don’t know if I have ever seen anything like this with what is going on in this division right now. I know they are 0-2, but they are two kicks from being 2-0. It is still a really good football team. The parody from top to bottom in this division is so good and I think that is what makes it really unique.”

Q: What do you attribute the redzone success to so far this season?

SMITH: “I think it is a combination of having a good plan and having good players to go execute it. That plan has to be taught well. Guys have to understand that on the field. And there’s a lot of adjustments as well. For us in the fourth quarter, getting them in, you have to make adjustments. Then this last week, two just big will plays. Two touchdowns that were total will power. Extra effort plays that found a way to get into the endzone.”

DE CHRIS JONES

Q: How did it feel to get recognized as the player of the week?

JONES: “It felt pretty good. Like I told my coach, Britt Reid, it is not about last week. It is about this week. It is exciting, let’s move on from it and focus on this week.”

Q: Have you talked to Dontari Poe?

JONES: “No, I haven’t. I will have to hit him up. That is my guy, man. He showed me the ropes around this place. The leadership quality he has. I even started eating what he eat. He was eating grits and a whole banana. I started doing it, even though I don’t like grits and bananas. He just showed me the way.”

Q: Are you going to get to Philip Rivers?

JONES: “That is the plan. We are just going to play hard and fast and try to effect the quarterback.”

Q: What is the difference playing in such a small stadium?

JONES: “That is OK. It is what we are built for. We face adversity day in and day out. That is just another thing we are going to face. Playing with a sma Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey ller Custom Twins Jersey  crowd, they won’t be as loud as a normal crowd. It will be good.”

Chris Jones Named AFC Defensive Pla custom Mets jersey yer of the Week

Jones had a historic performance in Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles

Kansas City Chiefs’ defensive tack Custom Twins Jersey le Chris Jones was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Men’s Authentic Custom New York Mets Alternate Home Royal Blue MLB Jersey Cheap  on Wednesday.

Jones put together a historic performance in Kansas City’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, recording four tackles, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and his first-career interception. It marked just the second time since 1994 that a player tallied at least 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in a single game, and the first time since James Harrison in 2007.

The second-year defensive tackle surpassed his season total in sacks last seas new york mets custom jersey on (2.0) in the game alone.

This is th Men’s Authentic Custom Minnesota Twins Road Gray Stitched Baseball Jersey e second-straight week that a member of the Chiefs has earned an individual award, as quarterback Alex Smith won AFC Offen Custom Mets Jersey sive Player of the Week honors last week. The Chiefs and Lions are the only teams in the NFL to have a representative win a Player of the Week award in both weeks so far this season.

Alex Smith on Hand as Cornerstones of Care Named Charity G Paul Molitor Jersey ame Beneficiary

The Chiefs Charity Game has raised over $2.2 million in the past three years

The Kansas City Chiefs have been a part of the fabric of the Greater Kansas City community for decades, not only as a football team, but as a charitable force that makes a difference in people’s lives.

The Chiefs Charity Game, Kansas City’s first preseason game each season, serves as perhaps the strongest example of that, as its raised over $6 million for local non-profits in the past decade alone. 

That impact will continue next season at Cornerstones of Care, which was announced as the beneficiary for the 2018 game on Tuesday.  

“When we look out for a beneficiary, the Hunt Family Foundation will give preference to agencies that primarily focus on underserved children in Jackson County, and that’s what we’ve done here,” said Lamar Hunt Jr., the Vice President of the Hunt Family Foundation.

Cornerstones of Care works with children, young adults and families to achieve safety and health through a variety of areas, including education, mental and behavioral health, foster care and adoption, youth support, family support and community trainings.

“We work with families and children who have experienced some kind of trauma,” said Denise Cross, President and CEO of Cornerstones. “We work with them to connect them with the right support and intervention and the right resources at the right time. We help our children and our families to be healthy and safe.”

Recognized as the top philanthropic event of its kind in the NFL, the Chiefs Charity Game will enter its 34th season next summer. The effort’s previous beneficiary, The Children’s Place, set a new Chiefs Charity Game record in each of the past three years, raising a three-year Marco Estrada Jersey  total of over $2.2 million.

That money will go a long way for Cornerstones of Care’s initiatives.

“This is huge for us,” Cross said. “We’re so excited for the opportunity to raise awareness about the needs of our children in our community, but also to bring in resources so that we can do more of the work that we’re doing today and also respond to the needs of our community tomor Paul Molitor Jersey row.”

On hand for the announcement were Chiefs’ quarterbacks Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes and Tyler Bray, who stuck around afterwards for some NFL Play 60 activities with the kids at Cornerstones.

Working with kids has long been an interest of Smith, who put 23 foster kids through college at San Diego State before partnering with Cornerstones when he first came to Kansas City in 2013.

“So much of life is out of kids’ control,” Smith said. “I was lucky enough to be born into a great family. Some kids aren’t as lucky, and they didn’t do anything to deserve that. I just feel like they deserve the same opportunities that I had – the same opportunities to have success and chase their dreams. I just want to give them that opportunity.”

Smith was excited to learn that Corner Toronto Blue Jays stones, an organization in which he’s now developed a relationship, will be the beneficiary of next year’s Chiefs Charity Game.

“I was pumped,” Smith said. “My connection with Cornerstones is just a small piece of what they do, Kevin Pillar Jersey  they do so much in the Greater Kansas City area for kids and families in need. I think it’s just so great that the Chiefs hav Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey e singled them out and made them  Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey the recipient for the Charity Game.”

In addition to the significance of the game itself, the time Smith and the other quarterbacks spent with the kids at Cornerstones on Tuesday was just as impactful.

“This is an opportunity that many of these kids would have never had,” Cross said. “To have these players here and really interacting with them, it’s huge. For them to see that they can dream and to know that these players and that Marcus Stroman Jersey  this community cares about them – it’s really special.”

To learn more about Cornerstones of Care, visit their website.

Chiefs Announce High School Coaches  Paul Molitor Jersey of the Week

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced Coach of the Week honors for the third week of the season. The awards go to Staley’s Phil Lite and Lawrence Free State’s Bob Lisher.

The 2017 High School Coach of the Week fueled by Gatorade program is a joint initiative of the Kansas City Chiefs and t Youth Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Home White Baseball Jersey he National Football League. This program is designed to recognize and reward Kansas City area high school coaches for superior performance on a weekly basis. The Chiefs Coach of the Week award is intended to honor individuals who are shaping today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

St Marcus Stroman Jersey aley defeated Fort Osage 22-15 in a battle of undefeated teams. The win moves the Falcons to 5-0 on the season. Staley is currently ranked No. 2 in Missouri Class 5.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs organization as Coach of the Week,” Lite said. “This is much more a team accomplishment than an individual honor. I am blessed to be surrounded by outstanding players and coaches within the Staley Football Program who have dedicated countless hours of hard work and sacrifice. Thank you to Staley Nation, the Kansas City Chiefs and PrepsKC.”

Free State defeated Park Hill 21-16 in one of the biggest games of the season. Park Hill came in at 4-0 and ranked No. 1 in Missouri Class 6 while Free State was 2-0 and ranked No. 2 in Kansas Class A.

“This award is special. Our players, coaches, administrators and parents have a hand in winning this award,” Lisher said. “This is an award that we are very proud of… We would like to thank the Ka Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey nsas City Chiefs for this award and appreciate all they do for high school football.”

As a result of this honor, both schools will receive a $500 player health and safety grant from the H Paul Molitor Jersey unt Family Founda Marco Estrada Jersey tion and each school will receive a Gatorade Sideline Kit, including coolers, bottles and Gatorade products. Additionally, both coaches will be presented congra Kevin Pillar Jersey tulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid and a certificate recognizing their selection. Lite is now qualified for the Missouri Coach of the Year Award, while Lisher is now qualified for the Eric Driskell Kansas Coach of the Year Award, both of which will be voted on later this fall.

Prior to the 2017 season, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that the Kansas High School Coach of the Year Award would be renamed in memory of Eric Driskell, the former head coach at Blue Valley High School. Driskell wa Toronto Blue Jays s a three-time award recipient during his seven years with the football program and spent 14 years as the head coach of the boys’ track and field teams. Driskell tragically passed away in mid-February.

Chiefs vs. Chargers: Injur Jeff Petry Jersey y Report

A look at the injuries heading into the Chiefs Week 3 matchup against the Chargers

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The AFC West Has Been Jeff Petry Jersey  Historically Good So Far This Season

The Chiefs, Broncos and Raiders have yet to lose this year

If the season’s first two weeks are any indication, the AFC West is on its way to being the best division in football.

In addition to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos (2-0) and Oakland Raiders (2-0) also remain unbeaten this season. Even the Los Angeles Chargers, who sit at 0-2, have lost both of their games by a combined five points.

If Kansas City, Denver and Oakland all win this weekend, it’ll mark the first time in NFL history that three teams in the same division begin Jeff Petry Jersey  3-0 after three weeks.

As the Chiefs prepare to travel to Los Angeles this weekend to take on the Chargers in their first divisional matchup of the season, the strength of the AFC West isn’t lost on Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith.

“I just think this division, the parity from top to bottom, is so crazy,” Smith said. “Everyone is playing at such a high level. I don’t know if I have ever seen anything like this with what is going on in this division right now.”

In fact, we haven’t – at least in the AFC – and it’s c Montreal Canadiens or Customized Canadiens Jersey ralling national attention. Jacob Feldman of Sports Illustrated wrote this about the division on Wednesday.

Since the league went to 32 teams and eight divisions in 2002, only two divisions have posted a larger average margin of victory through two weeks (the NFC East in 2005 and 2008). No division has scored more touchdowns (30) or provided better QB play; the division’s combined 118.2 passer rating is 11 points better than any division has posted through the opening two weeks since the 32-team era began.

Smith, who ranks second in the NFL and leads the division with a 134.1 passer rating, is a big part of that collective success. Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr ranks third (126.5), Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Siemian ranks sixth (106.9) and Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers ranks seventh (106.4).

It hasn’t just been the quarterbacks, either.

Chiefs’ rookie running back Kareem Hunt leads the NFL in rushing (229) while the Broncos’ C.J. Anderson (199) ranks second. Overall, the division leads all others in rushing yards per carr Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 29 Ken Dryden Authentic Home Red Ice Hockey Jersey y and total offensive yards.

The strength of the division carries over on defense, too. Here’s  Jean Beliveau Jersey what Feldman had to say about it:

On defense, five AFC West edge defenders rank in Pro Football Focus’s top nine, contributing to the division’s league-leading 50 QB hits, while four of the site’s top seven corners patrol the secondary.

That includes Chiefs’ linebacker Justin Houston, whose 3.0 sacks are tied for second in the NFL.

A highly competitive AFC West is nothing new, as the division has been represented in the postseason by multiple t Ken Dryden Jersey eams in three of the past four years.

That makes Kansas City’s 11-game divisional winning streak, the longest active streak in the Men’s Adidas Montreal Canadiens 4 Jean Beliveau Authentic Home Red Ice Hockey Jersey  NFL, all the more impressive.

“The division is so tough and so competitive,” Smith said. “All these games have such a unique rivalry to them. They all come down to the wire and all come down to a couple plays that make the difference.”

Kansas City will get its first look at the division on Sunday afternoon when the Chiefs take on the Chargers. 

A 45-Year-Old  Derek Newton Jersey Gesture Brought a Former Player and Fan Together on Sunday

Former Chief Larry Marshall went out of his way to meet an 11-year-old kid following heart surgery 45 years ago

They say football is a lot like life.

 Houston Texans Women’s Jersey There’s ups and downs and sometimes, the simplest things can make all the difference in the world.

That was the case in the fall of 1972, when a rookie with the Chiefs named Larry Marshall visited an 1 Houston Texans Football Jersey 1-year old boy recovering from heart surgery.

“It was a total surprise,” said Matt Edgar, now 56, who met Marshall on that day 45 years ago. “He brought me a white ball autographed by all of the ’72 Chiefs – and there are some great names on there. It was very exciting for me. I was just an 11-year-old kid who had just had his first heart surgery and I was all pumped up.”

A native of Levittown, Penn., Marshall was Kansas City’s 15th round selection that year out of the University of Maryland. He was one of just two rookies to make the team that season along with first-round pick Jeff Kinney.

The Chiefs traveled to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers that November, so Marshall planned to take advantage of his off day following the game and drive to Levittown, which is settled just outside Philadelphia, and spend the day with his family.

Though neither Marshall nor Edgar can remember how exactly their families knew each other, Marshall’s parents told him about an 11-year old boy dealing with some tough circumstances nearby that could use a visit.

Marshall not only went to meet Edgar, but presented him with a football signed by the entire team. That Chiefs team was three years removed from winning the Super Bowl and featured future Hall of Famers Women’s Brian Cushing Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey  such as Len Dawson and Buck Buchanan. Because of Marshall, their signatures now belonged to Edgar.

“It was a thrill,” Edgar said. “I wanted to go out and play with it, but my parents convinced me it’s a white ball, you don’t want to ruin it. That’s when i Derek Newton Jersey t went in the box.”

It stayed in that box for the next four decades, save for special occasions, wrapped in two plastic bags and off limits from any prying hands.

“It was a memory of my past and what I’ve been through. It was just something that I wanted to keep – something that I cherished,” Edgar said. “It meant a lot to me. The fact that he took the time out of his day to travel from Pittsburgh to see his parents, but made a pit stop to come and see me…that meant a lot.”

Marshall credited some of the biggest signatures on the ball as his role models while a rookie with the Chiefs, and the inspiration for doing what he considered was the right Men’s Nike HoustonTexans C J Fiedorowicz Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey  thing to do.

“You just never know whose life you’re going to touch just by doing something as simple as visiting somebody in the hospital,” Marshall said. “I was fortunate enough to play with guys like Len Dawson and Buck Buchanan, all of the guys that you’ve heard about, and that was part of their deal. All those guys were pure stars, and I watched how they handled their life and how they walked and talked and met people. I think that ingrained something in me.”

Though the memory endured, Marshall and Edgar went their separate ways after that afternoon together and didn’t speak again for the next 45 years. Marshall went on to play seven years in the NFL with the Chiefs, Vikings, Eagles and Rams, while Edgar faced a multitude of health issues.

“I did great for 20 years, but I had a stroke in 1990,” Edgar said. “Then in 1992, I had my first congestive heart failure. I had another congestive heart failure in ’93, and another in ’94. Then in 1996, the congestive heart failure became more prominent and they hospitalized me. On July 17, 1996, I had a heart transplant and was in the hospital for about five months.”

Edgar was also diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer last April and is currently dealing with a blood clot. It’s been a tough road, but he’s been fighting all his life.

“When I was born, they told my parents I wouldn’t live six months,” Edgar said. “I had atrial and septal defects to the AV canal, pulmonary stenosis and Tetralogy of Fallot. I’ve talked to nurses who are older and they ask how I survived, because back in 1961, kids that were born with that disease didn’t survive. I’ve been beating the odds all my life, starting with my first surgery in 1972 – the same year Larry was drafted.”

As the years rolled by and Edgar beat his various conditions, his desire to reach out and thank Marshall for his gesture grew, though he didn’t know how to go about it. That changed this football season, when he noticed the Eagles were traveling to Kansas City.

“I always wanted to reach out to Larry and thank him, I just never knew how to do it,” Edgar said. “I travel with a group called the Green Legion that goes to every Eagles road game, and I pick and choose which games I want to go to. This year, I chose Kansas City. I thought this would be the time to reach out to Larry.”

Edgar contacted the Chiefs, who then reached out to Marshall.

“I went home and read what they sent me to my wife, and I’m not a crier, but I almost started crying,” Marshall said. “I read it for a second and third time and my wife kept saying how cool it was.”  

A few days later, the two men were scheduled to not only talk, but to reunite on the field at Arrowhead Stadium prior to Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

“I just wanted an opportunity to shake the man’s hand, man-to-man, look Deandre Hopkins Jersey  him in the eye and thank him for what he did for me 45 years ago,” Edgar said.

In addition to his meeting with Edgar, Marshall threw out the game’s ceremonial first pass. A founding member of the Chiefs’ Ambassadors program, being an active member of the Chiefs’ family and the community has always been imp CJ Fiedorowicz Jersey ortant to the former defensive back.

His decision to visit Edgar all that time ago reflects that.

“It means a lot to me to know that I touched someone’s life and that it meant something to them,” Marshall said. “To do something as simple as getting a ball autographed and then to meet again 45 years later – it’s pretty remarkable.”

Marshall and Edgar’s story stands as a reminder that even the smallest act of kindness can go a long way in someone’s life – especially for an 11-year-old kid just looking for a reason to smile.

“Whether you realize it now or not, how you impact somebody could affect them five, 10, 15 or 20 years from now,” Edgar said.

“They may always remember that.”

What We Learned Derek Newton Jersey  From Sunday Post Game Media Availability

Andy Derek Newton Jersey  Reid, Alex Smith, Chris Jones, Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Dee Ford, Marcus Peters, Justin Houston and Anthony Sherman spoke with the media Sunday

HEAD COACH ANDY REID

Opening Statement: “As far as the injuries go, Mitch Morse was the only one that was hurt. He has a foot sprain and we’ll just see how he does. My hat goes off to the fans for the great job that they did, any time you can get a team to jump like the fans were able to get that crew to jump, is a plus. I thought the takeaways were obviously big, landed ten points in our favor. Chris Jones had a nice day with his sacks, we were able to put second-half pressure both offensively and defensively. I thought our lines just kind of settled down as the game went on. My hat goes off to Doug (Pederson) and the great job that he’s doing. He’s got a great football team. That quarterback is something, his offensive line’s good, defensive line’s good and he’s got good coaches. Again, the Eagles are in good hands and I’m glad we were able to get this one right here.”

Any concern about Travis Kelce and his antics? He’s two-for-two now with these penalties, are you afraid that he’s going to affect the team in the long term? “He can’t do that, right. He can’t do that, so you have to be smarter than that.”

How was your message different to him on the sideline this time than it was the other time? “I told him we got about three months until Christmas.”

We spoke before about Alex Smith’s toughness. How was that on display today? “I thought Alex did a nice job. He was resilient as he went, he took some big hits, and he just rebounded and kept playing. First of all he kept the guys around him fighting and that’s an important trait when you’re a quarterback in this league to get everybody, not only yourself, but everybody around you to rise up and continue to fight when things aren’t going great. You’re going to have games like this where not everything goes the way you draw it up. That’s just how things work. There’s a lot of competition and a lot of parity in this league, so for our guys to come out and battle like they did and just stay with it and Alex and the leaders on defense, we were without one of our better leaders here in Eric Berry, and those young guys had to learn. They had to step up and learn how to fend for themselves and they did that. Justin Houston did a great job of helping (Ron) Parker in the backend and helping and all of that. I was proud of them for that.”

Was that timeout at the end of the first half called just so that Alex could gather himself? “Yeah, he landed on his shoulder and we ended up just taking it and reassessing it as we went to make sure he was okay, but he was fine.”

He had a few big runs too which was sort of not as much of a part of his game last year. Is that an encouraging sign for you, something you expect to see more as you go into the season? “I don’t ask him to run or not run. I just want him to execute the offense, if something’s not there and there’s a seam go ahead and take off and go. He’s done a nice job with it in his career. Last year he didn’t have as many opportunities. That wasn’t there and this year he’s had a few, he’s taken advantage of it and done a nice job with it.”

This game was obviously a lot different than the New England game, is that meaningful to you, winning a game and showing some different strengths today? “I guess the thing last week was that everything didn’t go right, but it was early. It wasn’t where it was sustained through quarters and you have to learn how to fix things. As coaches, as players we have to do that and I was proud of our guys doing it. It was different. I’m not going to tell you I’m glad we had the opportunity to do it. I’m glad we handled that and did it well.”

I’m guessing you weren’t too rattled after Philly recovered the onside kick. How about the hands team guys being able to step up in the end zone when Carson (Wentz) throws that Hail Mary pass? “We were kind of right in that gray area right there where they could take a short sideline throw if they needed. You saw they still had five seconds on the clock and then take another shot with a second left, it normally takes four seconds to get that done. So we had to kind of cover both bases there, make sure we had the sideline covered and deep covered and I thought our guys did a good job with it. I thought our special teams did a good job. The onside got us, but up to that point I thought we did a really nice job.”

I’m sorry if you answered this already, but can you just speak to the dichotomy of Travis Kelce and the words you had for him? Obviously he had a spectacular play following that? “He’s got to learn. He did come back with a good play.”

Prior to Kareem Hunt’s long touchdown he had seven carries for I think nine yards, how important is it to you guys to stick to the run game? “I thought Kareem and the offensive line kind of got warmed up as we went. We weren’t having a ton of production in that first half with the run game, or first quarter for that matter, we had some runs in there. We got it straightened out, the offensive line kept coming and ended up doing a nice job with it. It was important.”

What do you think the biggest adjustments are going to be between now and next week against the Chargers? “Well, play better overall without getting into too much detail.”

As you mentioned without Eric Berry out there today how do you think the safeties played, specifically (Daniel) Sorensen? “I thought the safeties in general played pretty good. You’re not going to replace Eric Berry with an Eric Berry, that’s not what you’re going to do. I thought the guys battled and did a good job. We didn’t get a lot over our head, there were some things caught in front of us and we’ll go back to the drawing board and work on that, but I thought all-in-all they did pretty good.”

What kind of role does Justin Houston give the defense as an energy giver? “I mentioned that here just a bit ago that Justin has always been a team leader. He and Eric are leaders on that side. He upped it even another notch which you have to do when you lose a guy like Eric and so the guys bank on him, both sides of the ball. He challenges everybody. He’s not partial. That’s one neat thing about this team, they can get away with challenging each other on both sides of the ball and it works. He’s not shy about that and we appreciate that.”

You’ve coached a lot of good players, but with Justin what’s the thing you appreciate about him the most? “His positive attitude. He’s obviously a good football player. He’s a big guy that can really move. You don’t find a lot of those kind of guys. If you ever have the opportunity to shake hands with him you get that feeling, he’s got huge mitts. The rest of him is just big and for him to able to move the way he moves, the way he drops and covers people you just don’t see a lot of that in the National Football League. So the football part of it I appreciate and then the leadership and the person I appreciate.”

The 35-yard strike to (Chris) Conley late, what goes into making that call? “That was Alex. That was Alex and Conley just working together. You saw the last time you saw those two hook up was the Rams preseason game last year, same play. They just give each other the eye and change it up a little bit and went for it. They have some options on that play. I thought Chris did a great job of disguising that he wasn’t getting the ball, man coverage. He gave no indications with his hands or eyes that he was getting the football and it paid off.”

QB ALEX SMITH

Obviously a different game than the New England game, is it meaningful for you that you have to do some different things to pull it out: Yeah, I couldn’t agree more – I think really meaningful. No two games are alike in this league, I think you have to find ways to adjust sometimes. Hats off to Philadelphia, they’re a really good football team. A really good defense. Good front. They made things difficult for us today. I thought it was big to be able to come in, not get frustrated, make adjustments at halftime. Came out in the second half and down the line I thought we were able to piece together some big drives that we were able to open that game up. Defense buckled down, kind of the whole day. It’s the NFL, everyone is good and those guys are really good. To continue to fight, not get frustrated, to stay together and find a way. I think that’s important. I think good teams do that. No two games are alike.

I think it was a 3 and 4 drop back, picked up at five yards or whatever – one of your better runs since you’ve been here, what did you see from that? To be honest, you’re looking downfield and all of a sudden you’re just reacting. Just trying to slip that tackle when that guy came in and just try to shrug him off. Fortunately was able to do that. The nice thing, I thought all of our guys worked hard on the scramble drill all of them working downfield and coverage stayed with them. So a lot of green grass was in front of me so I was able to pick that up.

You got hit p Deandre Hopkins Jersey retty hard too, especially there at the end of the first half – what’s the process like trying to get through that? For me, all week I was preparing for it. They’re a really good defensive line, they’re going to hit you. They bring pressure and even with just those four guys, if you play enough snaps they’re going to get home occasionally. I think it’s just important to not let it rattle you. I think it’s important to not let it speed up your time clock. Know that you’ve got to stay disciplined back there, trust in your fundamentals. That’s what they want – they want it all to speed up, for it to get to you and for you to make a mistake. For me all week, mentally getting ready for that. Something like that could happen.

Could you just describe what Travis Kelce gives you in that situation with his size? In the finish, the combination of size and speed hurdles the guy and the play before. To go air born like that, to find a way to get into the end zone I thought was crazy. Didn’t necessarily think he was going to get in. Just a heck of a play. A lot of will with a heck of a lot of talent.

Since that New England game, how did other guys on defense step up leadership wise without Eric Berry out there? I think we have a lot of guys that have played, played in big games and played football. I mean regardless of years, we’ve had a lot of guys play in big situations so I think because of their confidence, I think it’s almost a culture. I think it’s the whole team. But certainly defense, those guys are confident in what they’re doing. A lot of those guys have all played so it’s nothing crazy. I think next man up and kind of roll. It’s certainly p Women’s Brian Cushing Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey art of the culture that we preach around here.

With Mitch (Mor Men’s Nike HoustonTexans C J Fiedorowicz Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey se) leaving the game, just how important is he on offensive line? I mean center in this offense makes a ton of calls. He’s kind of the glue for those five guys, making sure everyone is on the same page – run and pass. Then there’s a lot of unspoken communication between the center and I, especially with Mitch though. It’s a big adjustment when he goes out. That communication with all the other five guys up front, me in the backfield whether it be run game protection. So fortunate enough for Zach (Fulton), same thing, he’s played in a lot of big games. He’s been in there before so I don’t think anyone blinks. Hopefully Mitch gets healthy and he’s back soon. Fortunate though to have Zach step in like that.

To have 35 points in the fourth quarter, what would explain getting that success so quickly? I mean there’s a lot of things that go into something like that. For one, I think the coaches with adjustments and the game plan, seeing what they are able to be doing and being able to counter, things like that. I thought they’re doing a great job. I think having a comprehensive game plan together these last two weeks, so that it’s still early. There’s still that unknown and whatever we’re getting, there’s still something to go to. The guys I think getting in on the details, no one panicking and making adjustments. Then us knowing that it is a long day, that we’ll make adjustments and we’ll get it going.

Obviously Travis’ (Kelce) motor has been part of his success, but also gets him in trouble sometimes, do you as a quarterback, do you feel you need to work with him to harness that? Or how do you handle that: I mean, we love the passion around here. We talk about having personality and letting the personality show, playing with passion and enjoying what you do. You have your teammates and joining in on that kind of atmosphere. He’s a guy that plays with a ton of passion. Certainly the touchdown run was an example of that. I mean how much it means to him, how much he CJ Fiedorowicz Jersey  works and sacrifices every day to go out there I mean certainly you’ve seen times the last two weeks that it’s gotten the better of him too though. I think it’s a balance. Not try Houston Texans Football Jersey ing to eliminate any of that passion or that will, or that hunger. He’s just got to be smart at times because it could end up costing you for sure.

The pass to (Chris) Conley, the four minute, what led you to believe that play was going to work? It was a nice adjustment I thought on the fly there. We had a call, we had a lot of options on and I had a good look there with Chris, I have a lot of faith in him. Big, physical that he could – we talked about it all game, we had been talking about it all game that they were going to come up and challenge us and finally they did there in the four minute. I think those are the situations in the past necessarily, myself or whoever, haven’t stayed aggressive, so it was nice to be able to hit that today. I thought it was a big play in the game.

DL CHRIS JONES

How big is this win for you guys? “It’s huge. I know Coach Reid had some inner grit going on within him. He tried to play it cool about it the whole time, but we needed this game for him. I know how much this meant to him, I know how big this is to him. He was with Philly, what, 12-plus years? And to come in here, and they come on to our field, we had to show up for him today. It was a great team effort. Defense played relentless. Offense came to play with Alex (Smith), Tyreek and Kelce. And the freaking rookie running back. They all came to play. We believed in the scheme of the defense and we executed.”

Talk about how you felt out there: “We felt good, like I said we didn’t get rattled up. Defense stayed calmed, played hard throughout the game. Bob (Sutton) had a plan for us, Coach Reid had a plan for us. We just continued to fight out. We knew it was going to be a tough game but we just continued to fight. We knew it was going to be a fourth-quarter game even if it made it that far.”

Carson Wentz, tough guy to bring down? “Yeah we watched him all week. He’s like a smaller version of Ben Roethlisberger. He’s very agile, he can run. He can even throw the ball better when he’s on the run better when he’s sitting in the pocket. So that guy is very tough.”

Three sacks, an interception – talk about the day personally: “It feels good. Had some plays out there I feel like I could get better on but enjoy the win. I’m going to be in the office tomorrow and see what I can get better at.”

RB KAREEM HUNT

How good does it feel to prove naysayers wrong saying that first game was a fluke? “Honestly, I just want to keep doing what I do. Just keep helping this team win. That comes from the offensive line and everybody just straining to finish.”

Take me through both your touchdowns: “I pride myself on being a balanced running back. Some speed, some power. Just being able to finish, you just need to fight for every yard.”

What was your nap celebration about? “Stop sleeping on me. That’s what I want everybody to know and pretty much what I like doing, scoring touchdowns.”

How good did it feel to see the offensive line work against this front seven? “Honestly, they did a great job up front on both sides of the team. They got us some plays and we got them some plays. We just have to keep battling all game and I am proud of the way those guys finished up front for us and we just had to keep battling.”

You guys are 2-0, what does it mean to get a big win like this? “It is just another win. Honestly, we have to keep it going and we have to keep winning. Hopefully we can finish it off and end with the main prize.”

TE TRAVIS KELCE

What was the part of your touchdown where you just went for it? “Well, I failed to hurdle a guy two plays before that so I just dusted myself off and tried it again.”

Does this one mean a little more to you? “Yeah, it is more than last week. We are 2-0. It felt good.”

What happened toward the end of the game? “It was a close game until the fourth then we just took off. It was exciting to see the offense come together. When we are rolling up front, we are a heck of a team.”

What happened on Kareem Hunt’s long touchdown? “Kareem Hunt went to the house. He can play some football. The o-line blocked it perfectly up front and from there it was just to the house.”

What changed after halftime? “Mentality. The mentality of the entire team came together there and told everyone to kind of man up. Everyone started to do their job and we got some momentum going and from there it is just guys making plays. Chris Conley made a huge, huge play when we were up seven and around our 30 yard line. Hit a double move on him and Alex put it right on the money. Those kind of plays kept unraveling for us and, sure enough, we came away with a win.”

Bragging rights for you, and I am sure everyone felt good for Coach Reid: “Oh yeah. That is who we are doing it for, Coach Reid. We know his past and we know this means a lot to him and we were there and we had his back.”

LB DEE FORD

What impressed you about Carson Wentz? “He’s a great quarterback.  We call him a smaller Big Ben.  He is going to make his mark as a quarterback.  The whole team in general, the offensive line was great.  It’s a great team, man, a great team.”

How were you able to bring so much pressure on the opposing quarterback? “That’s just what we want to do up front.  We know we are capable of that.&n Houston Texans Women’s Jersey bsp; That’s just the level we want to play at every week.  We understand that, when we are pressuring the quarterback, that is crucial for our wins and losses.”

CB MARCUS PETERS

Is it ever frustrating for you as a corner when they don’t come your way that often. How do you deal with that? “When they came my way today, like I said, don’t start off slow, like the first half I started off slow. They caught that deep dig on me, I was just out there you know. Just come out there, keep myself composed, wait for my plays to come and just play my game while we’re out there playing defense. Stay in contact with what I need to do, communicate, aligned and sign and then play fast.”

Talk about how important it is to start out 2-0? “It’s big to win any game, it’s real big. But for us to start out 2-0, that’s real big but we got a game next week and we just take it to next week.”         

LB JUSTIN HOUSTON

On the performance of the Chiefs defense: “I think we did okay.  We gave up a lot of big plays.  On defense, every time we should have three and outs. I think the defense on that last (touchdown) drive was terrible.  We can’t do that.  To be the team we want to be, a championship team, the championship defense we claim we are, we have to get off the field.  It should be three and out.  The defense shouldn’t have even been on the field.  That should have been the offense kneeling on the ball at the end of the game.” 

Do the defensive players challenge each other during the game? “We have fun.  We compete.  That’s what we do.  We have fun with each other.  We play for each other.  This is all about each other.  Every time we put on our Chiefs helmet, that’s who we play for.”

How good do you feel two games into the season? “I feel good but I feel like I have a lot of improvement to do.  That fourth quarter I made a couple of plays but on that last drive, I have to do better.  I’ve got to get in shape.  My rushing has to be better.  For us to be a better team, we have to do better.  That last drive the defense didn’t do good.  That last drive the defense should have been three and out.  The offense should have been kneeling the ball the last two minutes.  We’ve got to do better as a whole.  We made some plays when we needed to but again, we’ve got to do better.”

What do you think about the performance of Chris Jones today?  “He played great but it’s not just about one person.  It’s about us as a whole.  I can come out here and get 20 sacks but if we don’t dominate as a whole, it does not matter what one person’s does.  It matters what we do as a whole.  He had a big game.  It was good.  I hope and pray that he does that every week.  We are going to need that every week, week in and week out, for us to be a good defense.”

FB ANTHONY SHERMAN

Comments on the forced fumble on special teams:  “I was in the right spot at the right time. I was running down the field and I saw it come out and it rolled right to me.”

Was that a big moment in the game?  “It was huge.  There was under two minutes in the half and we were able to go out there and kick a field goal before half to go up by three.”

Was the special teams performance against New England a motivator for this game?  For sure, a lot of the core guys on special teams, we left a lot out there and we tried to make up for it as much as we could this week.  I think we did a pretty decent job.  They got that onside kick at the end which is a thorn in our side right now but we’ll watch the film and get better.”

Comments on quarterback Alex Smith:  “He is such a competitor.  It’s awesome to have him as a quarterback and the leader of this team.  To go out there and know that he is going to give everything he has, every play, regardless of what he has to do with his body is fun to watch him.  It’s fun, as a team, to have a quarterback who is going to lay his body out there for a first down or something like that.”

 

Snap Co CJ Fiedorowicz Jersey unts: Daniel Sorensen Plays Every Defensive Snap in Win Over Eagles

A look at the playtime percentages for the Chiefs against the Eagles

Offensive Notes

Derek Newton Jersey ight end Travis Kelce played 51 offensive snaps (96 percent) as he hauled in a team-leading eight ca Houston Texans Women’s Jersey tches for 103 yards and a touchdown. It was Kelce’s first 100-yard receiving game of the season, and his sixth in his last nine regular season games dating back to last season.

Running back Kareem Hunt played 39 o CJ Fiedorowicz Jersey ffensive snaps (74 percent), tallying 109 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. Hunt is just the ninth running back since 1950 to record 100-plus yards from scrimmage in each of his first two games, and the first since Ben Tate and Daniel Thomas in 2011.

Wide receiver Chris Conley recorded 46 offensive snaps (87 percent), catching four passes for 55 yards.

Defensive Notes

Defensive tackle  Men’s Nike HoustonTexans C J Fiedorowicz Elite Vapor Untouchable Color Rush Navy Blue Jersey Chris Jones played 32 defensive snaps (44 percent), recording four solo tackles, 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and his first-career interception. Jones, now in his second year with the Chiefs, is just the second player since 1994 to notch at least 3.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick in a single game, joining James Harrison (2007).

Safety Daniel Sorensen, filling in Houston Texans Football Jersey  for the injured Eric Berry, played all 72 defensive snaps on Sunday. He recorded six solo tackles.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson once again played 100 percent of Kansas City’s defensive snaps (72). Johnson also played every defensiv Women’s Brian Cushing Houston Texans Nike Elite Navy Blue Team Color Football Jersey e snap last week in the Chiefs’ season-opening win over the New England Patriots. The 13-year veteran tore his Achilles last November, ending his season, but he’s showing no signs of rust so far this season.

Safety Ron Parker, who was listed as questionable entering the game, played all 72 defensive snaps for Kansas City. In addition to Parker, Sorensen and Johnson, cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Terrance Mitchell also played every snap on defense. That makes two straight weeks that Parker and Peters have playe Deandre Hopkins Jersey d every snap.

Special Teams Notes

Running back Akeem Hunt, who was signed to the active roster on Saturday, played 13 snaps on special teams, including a 40-yard kickoff return.