KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The last time the Kansas City Captains had a week off at this time of year, they didn’t lose until next season.
There are many reasons to believe that this year’s team can follow in the footsteps of the 2019 champions.
Whether it’s the return of several players from injury to the continued involvement of a few latecomers, or the obvious improvement before halftime for the incredible record of coaching. After saying goodbye to member Andy Reid, the Chiefs returned to work Monday with optimism about the long run they were about to begin.
“Listen, there’s always a little something that you learn about yourself,” Reid said Monday, “and yes, because you’ve stretched the time, you have the opportunity to look a little deeper. There aren’t any big surprises, but there’s always a bit of annoyance in there if you work hard enough. “
On the injury front, the Chiefs must deal with Lucas Niang being able to return from a rib injury and be ready for Sunday night’s game against the Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. He started the season as a starter, lost his job to Mike Remmers, then started again when Remmers went out a few games with his own injury.
Niang’s return will bring the chiefs valuable experience. And with their attack ravaged by injury at the start of last year’s Super Bowl, they will take advantage of any help they can get in this position.
That could include the addition of Kyle Long. The veteran retired for a year in hopes of landing a starter job in Kansas City. But Long broke his leg in training camp and not assigned to return from injured reserve until earlier this month and his chance to be added to the list closes this week.
“We’ll see how all that plays out here. Today we are addressing all of that,” Reid said. “I appreciate having him here and doing what he’s doing, and the way he handles things.”
On the other side of the ball, Tyrann Mathieu three times secured the tournament with a knee injury in the Chiefs’ 19-9 win over the Cowboys, sending them bye to four straight wins.
Mathieu will be much closer to 100% when the Chiefs start the match against Denver already scheduled on official time.
“He appeared fine,” Reid said. “He was able to get through on his own, which was amazing. I mean, he’s a tough kid, very tough, and that translates to defence. Our players know he’s not quite where he wants to be, but he doesn’t say anything. He just pushed himself through it.”
Gordon is back from his NFL suspension to signed with Kansas City after the season started, and he was active for the first time in Week 5. Despite playing every game since, Gordon still has only two catches for 18 yards.
Ingram has had more impact since arriving from Pittsburgh earlier this month. He’s played the last three games and although his numbers aren’t necessarily amazing, he has allowed Chris Jones to cut the defense to slide from the outside back inside the line. . That helped the entire Kansas City weather the rush.
Chiefs, who have take a lead on the Chargers, Broncos and Raiders in the AFC West race, facing each of those teams over the next three weeks: Denver and Las Vegas visit Arrowhead Stadium, then the Captain will head to Los Angeles.
After playing the Steelers, the Chiefs finished with playoff contenders Cincinnati and Denver on the way.
The captains bid them farewell after that resurgent defense, which held off three consecutive opponents by 17 points or less. Their poor attack will almost certainly get better after a week to digest the season.
Why? Reid has a 19-3 record as his teams are about to say goodbye.
“I get asked about it every year. I’m not sure why that is,” Reid said. “We go back and try to look at everything and make any adjustments. But I don’t know the secret – if there is any secret – what it is.”
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