Concerns #1 and #2: The parts to the robust engine
1. BP: What is it about the Kansas City Chiefs that make this team be so unique among the rest of the league?
CJ: It’s the combination of head coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and tight end Travis Kelce. When all three of those players are healthy and can execute Reid’s game plan, the Chiefs offense looks damn near unstoppable. Last week was, I believe, the first time since Mahomes took over as the starting QB that the Chiefs didn’t top 25 points. That had to do not only with the offensive line being beaten down, but also Mahomes getting hobbled and Hill missing another week due to injury. But when all four of these guys can work together with the rest of the offense, including offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy: watch out.
2. BP: Has the pairing of Damien Williams/LeSean McCoy been what you expected? Do you have regrets of the team severing ties with Carlos Hyde? Do you expect them to invest in a running back in the near future via the draft?
CJ: That pairing hasn’t materialized much yet. McCoy was signed just before the season started and then Williams got hurt, returning last week. And in that game against the Colts, McCoy didn’t play much and the run game was all but abandoned. No regrets here in trading Hyde. McCoy is much better suited for this offense than Hyde. In the upcoming weeks, I expect McCoy to play a larger and more pivotal role in the offense.
They might invest in a running back in the draft, but I wouldn’t expect it to be very early. This past draft, they used a sixth-round pick on Darwin Thompson, who has played sparingly. Additionally, they’ve got Darrel Williams, who was undrafted out of LSU a couple of years ago. The Chiefs appear set at running back, though I wouldn’t expect this team to sit pat at any position. Instead of investing in another running back, though, I’d expect this team to shore up the offensive line, or at least the offensive line’s depth.