Chiefs’ Andy Reid roundup: Patrick Mahomes Sammy Watkins and defensive woes

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  1. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid took the podium Monday afternoon following his team’s 42-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.Let’s round up the big takeaways from Reid.Reid is not concerned that the national notoriety will go to Patrick Mahomes’ head.Patrick Mahomes had an outstanding game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, going 23 for 28 for 326 yards and six touchdowns, capturing the attention of the nation.Mahomes may have turned only 23 on Monday, but Reid isn’t worried about how his quarterback will deal with the success.“I think just the fact that he’s grown up around this type of thing with his dad,” Reid said of Mahomes, whose dad was a major league pitcher. “He’s been in that locker room, you see the pictures with Alex Rodriguez and that, so I don’t think any of that phases him. He understands that you’ve got to show up. I’m not as concerned about that as much as him becoming a better player, working on that. “He’s focused and he’s always here, a bit of a gym rat type of guy. I mean, he grew up around it so you’ve got to kick him out of here and go home and get some rest. He handles it pretty well. I think he’ll continue to do that, that part I think he’ll continue to do, I’m projecting, but I feel pretty good about that.”One of the things that has stood out was just how good Mahomes has been with just three regular-season games under his belt.Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsAs he’s done in the past, Reid pointed to Alex Smith as a reason for the ease of Mahomes’ transition to Chiefs starter.“I will come back to last year and being in that room with Alex, having that opportunity to see how he worked,” Reid said. “That’s invaluable. Alex was not one who was going to hide anything or play games with him or anything like that. He kept it all out in the open and was secure enough, that wasn’t a problem.”Reid also mentioned members of his coaching staff that helped Mahomes along when he was a rookie.“Eric Bieniemy is probably another dimension to it for him for protection and the toughness it takes to play that position in this league,” Reid said. “(Quarterbacks coach) Mike Kafka has played the position in the offense, so he knows and is another good guy to spend hours with. Mike (Kafka) was his personal coach last year. He did everything with him, now he is his coach in this spot. Nagy was working with Alex. Mike was working heavy with Patrick. He came into a good situation with Alex and I said that was priceless for him. There’s no way he could repay Alex with having that experience. That was phenomenal.”For the first time in the preseason or regular season, Sammy Watkins looked like the player the Chiefs were expecting when they signed him as a free agent.Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY SportsWatkins had six receptions for 100 yards in the win; Reid was not surprised.“It was just a matter of time,” Reid said. “That’s going to happen. We have a lot of guys out there so the quarterback is spreading it around. Somewhere, he’s going to be the one that’s open and not have as many people on him. That was the case, he took advantage of it. “You saw how physical he is, I mentioned that when we first got him, it’s hard to press cover him because he’s a strong kid. Then you see him with the ball in his hands after the catch and he’s pretty good with that. He’s strong there too, he’s a physical player.”There is no denying the Chiefs left something to be desired on defense on Sunday.The Chiefs defense blew a 21-point lead during the first half.“Defensively, there was a maturation that took place there, we just started off slow, actually we started off fast and then we went through a slow period there,” Reid said. “Then the second half I thought was beautiful. There were some real good things that took place there. But again, we have plenty of room. We have got to get better at tackling, we’ve got to get rid of the penalties, both sides of the ball and do a better job.”The Chiefs defense played a large number of snaps for the second week in a row, and Reid was asked if there was anything the offense could do to ease the pressure on the defense.“We tried to do that in the second half,” Reid said. “One of the real positives, and I give credit to the guys, the players Womens Kendall Fuller Jersey , for this. That second half, our guys did not get weaker on defense. They had 54 snaps in the first half and then the second half they came out and I thought we were strong through the second half. Coverage was tighter. We did a couple more things up front with some things and were able to get some pressure on him. “Again, too many penalties. But still there were some good things that took place and I was impressed by that. Especially with the number of snaps. That is a concern, number of snaps. Offensively, we kind of spread things out and did some things there. We were able to sustain drives a little bit better.”Eric Bieniemy: Kareem Hunt is “running his ass off” Kareem Hunt’s stats through two games2017: 30 rushing attempts for 229 rushing yards (7.6 y/a), three rushing touchdowns, eight receptions, 126 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns2018: 34 rushing attempts for 124 rushing yards (3.6 y/a), no rushing touchdowns, one reception, five receiving yards, one receiving touchdownOne thing that came off a little strange to me this offseason was how little respect the national media was giving to Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.Hunt finished 2017 as the league’s rushing champion with 1,327 yards, but analysts/ex-players like Maurice Jones-Drew, for example, wouldn’t list him among the top five backs in the league. Jones-Drew ranked Hunt eighth heading into 2018.Jones-Drew has look more right than Womens Eric Murray Jersey wrong through two games this season, but Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy thinks we should be looking deeper than the numbers.“Kareem had a big start for us last season, and that was huge,” Bieniemy said in a press conference on Thursday. “I know the numbers do not show—Kareem is probably playing better football than what he played last year because he understands exactly what we expect from him. He’s done a great job of learning our system, and normally, players have a tendency to pick it up a little bit better in their second season. He’s running his ass off. He’s playing hard; he’s playing fast. So, I know the numbers are not there, but the effort, the energy and the detail is better than what it was at any time at this point last season.”Biemiemy specifically highlighted Hunt’s retention of the offensive system in his “sophomore” season.“In this offense, we do a lot, and we throw a lot at our rookies,” Bienimey added. “We’re asking them to know it as if they’ve been a nine or 10-year vet in this system. And we threw everything at him. Did he make a few mistakes? Yes. Did we make a big deal of it? No. We didn't care, because the only thing we want our guys to go out and do is have the confidence to go play fast. If you’re playing fast, you know what? It’s going to take care of itself. He’s not making the little mistakes that he made early in the season. So, one thing I’m looking at is, ‘How is he finishing? Does he have the proper read? Does he have the proper footwork?’ “He’s doing all the little things that we’re asking him to do, and if he continues, it’s going to take care of itself. The numbers will come.”In their first two games, the San Francisco 49ers have allowed 116 (Vikings) and 98 (Lions) rushing yards, and they get linebacker Reuben Foster back from suspension this week.It will be another challenge for Hunt, but regardless, Bieniemy believes the production is coming.

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