Chiefs Scramble: Chiefly Bacon’s Mostly Coherent Ramblings

Technology has not been kind to me these past few weeks. My DVR flaked out during the Eagles game, and my power went out during the Chargers game. Then my internet went down on Monday, when I usually start my article. Chiefs have dealt with some hiccups of their own lately. I’ll cover that, along with some other random thoughts, on the Chiefs this week.

Harrison Butker: Butt Kicker: Losing Santos sucks. At least My wife will be happy about this signing. She used to like Succop, because he was the only player whose name she could remember (though she knows quite a few now). Aside from having a funny name, Butker’s performance will be very important for the Chiefs. He had a solid preseason with the Panthers, making some long kicks and posting a perfect four for four on extra points. This last point is important, because Butker wasn’t great in college on 30-39 yard kicks. He has said that he likes the NFL ball better than the college ball though, so maybe that’s helped. He was really solid otherwise. He’s a bigger guy than Santos, at 6’4” and has a bigger leg.

Watching The Redskins Was Bittersweet, So Is Dark Chocolate: Chiefs play the Redskins this week. Oakland didn’t make that look fun. As good as Oakland’s OL is thought to be, they were getting bullied all day. Chiefs OL has been sketchy lately, so that makes me nervous. Anxiety for the future couldn’t spoil the rich, chocolate-y goodness that is watching the Raiders get stomped. All the analysts who kept hyping the Raiders and ignoring the Chiefs looked like fools. Carr looked overrated, their defense was exposed and Chiefs fans everywhere rejoiced. I couldn’t help but notice that Carr stood for the anthem, and Raiders whole OL didn’t. Perhaps their terrible blocking was to send a message? Nah. That’s crazy.

Running Back Depth: When I see that Hunt is on pace for over 2,600 yards, I’m both excited and nervous. Those are incredible numbers for anyone, let alone a rookie, but they’re also, likely, unsustainable. Chiefs offense is elite with Hunt in, but often impotent with him out. Charcandrick West is a great guy, but Chiefs need a running back who can spell Hunt, with a slightly less precipitous drop off. Chiefs can’t keep riding Hunt this much all season, without him getting hurt. It’s past time to find a back-up RB who can actually run the ball, especially in short yardage situations. West is pretty much only a threat as a receiving back or a blocker.

Did Reid Purposely Avoid Kelce? When you make a nuisance of yourself, it doesn’t matter how talented you are, sooner or later, Reid will have had enough. Last week, Reid snapped at reporters after one too many Kelce questions. You know who no one is taking about this week? Kelce, cause he didn’t do squat. Is Reid crazy enough to risk a loss by avoiding one of his best players? I hope so, because I think the better question is: What happens to the team if you let Kelce keep pulling this crap? I bet we see a much more restrained Kelce from here on out. Don’t mess with Big Red.

DeMarcus Robinson Sighting!: Is it irrational to get excited when you see a guy go in for one play and catch a pass for like six yards? Totally. Do I care? No. It’s rapidly becoming apparent that Conley’s skill set does not match Alex Smith’s game. Robinson’s, on the other hand, is a match made in heaven. If the kid can work his way into the rotation, I expect big things from him. Conley has a big catch here and there, but it just seems like he doesn’t get open much.

Nit Picking Political Protest: I think most people know where I stand on the protests. Fine if people do, fine if they don’t. Players shouldn’t be pressured to do either (bad look Steelers and Trump). That said, before I became an electrician, I was considering studying history, and my love of civics makes me want to point out something, I eve got supplements to improve my study performance from an online site named https://afinil.com/. Police departments are state entities. The US flag is representative of the federal government. Protesting the anthem might make more sense if it was the FBI who was at fault, but the US government has very little to do with how local PDs conduct themselves. In fact, on the rare occasions when Police Departments do fail to protect citizens rights, the federal government is there to pick up the slack. I find a certain amount of irony in the fact that protestors want the DOJ to get involved in local Police matters, yet protest the flag that comes closer to representing the DOJ than Missouri PD. I understand that there’s no state anthem in the game, but I still can’t help thinking that people are protesting the wrong symbol. I kind of like twitter user @TomahawkChoppa ‘s idea of player using interviews as a chance to push for change.

Those are my thoughts. What’s rolling around in your brains this week? How worried should we be about the Redskins? If Chiefs made a trade or signed a veteran RB, who would you want? Bring your scrambling-s and ramblings to the comment thread, I’ll be there, if my internet doesn’t die, again. Go Chiefs.

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Ransom Hawthorne

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Ransom Hawthorne is an electrician living in central KS. He's married and has two young boys. Born in KS, and raised in Tucson, Ransom spent his middle school years in southern Mexico.
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  • ladner morse

    I never looked at Conley in that way. I suppose you’re right. Conley can go up and fight for the ball but it does seem that Alex is more comfortable throwing to guys who get wide open and that’s not his specialty. Alex is not willing to “throw guys open” as much as he likes to wait for them to break into the clear… although I must admit, he’s better now than he was even two years ago. However, Conley is a very good blocker so I doubt Reid thinks much about moving him from the starting line-up any time soon. Hard to complain about what Smith is doing so far this season. I’ve even noticed his attitude is better after he’s sacked, which is an improvement in the leadership department. Nice read Ransom!

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Yeah, I think when you combine an improved cast with a drastic improvement in attitude for Smith, it’s made him one of the more successful QBs in the NFL.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Crazy thing about Conley is that he is putting up pretty good numbers. 98 yards through 3 games with 16.3 yds a gallop. Playing behind Kelce, Hill and Hunt, those are pretty good numbers. But, I agree…Conley is far too often the latter read on any given play and that does not play to Smith’s strengths.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      If Conely keeps averaging that kind of production, he’ll be fine. I think my concern is that, when Chiefs OL faces an opponent they can’t handle, Conely’s routes take too long to develop. Robinson is more of a quick hitter that can get the ball out of Smith’s hands and keep the pass rush in check.

      • larry mckinney

        Good point. I wonder if Conley is constructed to fit better with PMII’s game where his physicality wrestles a ball to possession rather than depending on route running to get open exclusively. PMII throws the contested ball. Getting that ball may be Conley’s strength.

        • larry mckinney

          Oh. Just read Laddie’s comment below. He made the same point. And said it better too.

  • Laurels and limitations

    I actually kind of like the amount of snaps that Hunt is taking. 47 carries through 3 games, so just 15 plus carries a game. Even though Hunt takes a lot of abuse running I wanted to take a look at the number of hits, and more importantly, how, other RBs around the league were tackled in the league.

    I was watching Cook from Minnesota, and that guy gets punished when he goes down. He runs hard but he lacks the balance that Hunt has, AND I believe, the lower body strength to absorb them also. Cook gets hit and he just goes *flopped* to the ground like a rag-doll. Than it itself is akin to taking more hits.

    Post is getting long, I digress.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      He’s not getting a crazy number of snaps, but he runs so far with each snap, it’s wear and tear on his legs. As far as the hits go, Hunt seems to be dealing with some shoulder pain lately. Hasn’t impacted his play, but you don’t want that to get more serious. Still, tough to pull him off the field when he basically winning games for you.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      We brought in Akeem Hunt, I say we see what he has.

      • Laurels and limitations

        depth is more my guess, but who knows fo sho? Let’s give the guy a chance.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        He’s gotta learn the offense, but yeah, I think he can be a piece. Really would like to see Chiefs find a bruiser who can get a tough yard or two on third down.

  • ladner morse

    RB? How about the Eagles 4th string guy: Corey Clement. 5-10, 220. 2017 UDFA. Wisconsin.
    Runs slow but his style is a little similar to Hunt’s but he doesn’t keep his pads as low. However, he doesn’t go down on first contact a lot..
    Here’s a 2016 highlight vid of his.
    https://youtu.be/Iaa-Q4o7aRU

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Maybe. I wouldn’t be willing to give up much for him. He’s got some potential as a one cut zone runner, but he doesn’t have great instincts as a RB and you can’t trust him in pass protection. That’s fixable stuff, but he had some attitude problems coming out of college, so you wonder if he’s going to get better. If he could be had for a 7th round pick or something like that, I’d be interested.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Smith gave Wilson that little shovel pass on Sunday that up to that point seemed taylor made for Kelce…….more misdirection by Reid/Nagy or a message to Kelce? Or neither…..IDK
    What I do hope it accomplished is the Redskins thinking their game plan doesn’t need to focus so much on Kelce.

  • Frank Rodela

    Kareem Hunt named AFC offensive player of the month

    • Laurels and limitations

      well deserved at that.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Asked Dustin Colquitt how long he'd wait to start messing with and pranking the new guy, kicker Harrison Butker."Day 1," he said.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) September 28, 2017

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      It’s never too soon to start pranking…..I’ve been married for 30 years……I started setting up pranks in the first month–lol

      • Frank Rodela

        My proposal was one big prank that concluded with me on one knee

      • Laurels and limitations

        had an ex ol lady, she once asked me on April 1st if I was wearing protection. well, ……j/k.j/k.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Stumbled upon this random stat. When the @Chiefs are in 11 personnel on 1st and 10 (15/69 snaps) they avg 15 yd per play. That’s ridiculous— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 28, 2017

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I can see why. Tough to cover Kelce, Hunt, Hill, Conely and Wilson. If you run base D, Chiefs can burn you deep. If you run nickle or dime, they can pound the rock.

      • Laurels and limitations

        yup, having options is nice. This is exactly why I used to cuss so much about the short game Reid was running. Not using the vertical game was stifling the possibilities.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Here you go CKAs….

    .@Mr_A1Hunt has been making a name for himself on kick returns the past two weeks.Here's more on the new Chief.https://t.co/PRgnYkR1xj— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) September 28, 2017

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Told ya’ll I though he’d take DAT’s job at KR.

      • Laurels and limitations

        lol, quit talkin’ smack.

  • Laurels and limitations

    While the loss of Ford for the time being really makes me say, “so!?”, Santos being out might sting a little bit. Oh well, it might be nice for a bit to have a kicker that can see over the LOS.

    Catch up on Thursday's #Chiefs injury news right here.https://t.co/nNRWA2uLkR— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) September 28, 2017

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Start KPass in Fords place!

      • Ford is rapidly coming to be a footnote to my analysis of players and their development. It appears I missed on this one. 🙂

  • Robert Conklin

    Nice article, but I have to disagree that the Chiefs can’t ride Hunt . He only ran the ball I believe 10 times against the Chargers. I don’t think they are using him too much. They are using him wisely, bit your are correct that West is a significant drop off. Time to see if lil Hunt has more to offer than West. Imho Spiller would be much more effective spelling g Hunt than West. I still don’t understand why the coaching staff kept West over Spiller.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      They aren’t being too crazy in the number of carries they give him. I just remember 2013 where Jamaal Charles had so many yards, after that, he was never the same. Granted, he was already a lot older by then.

    • yeah, I don’t think he is overworked. If he carried 15-20 times, I’d be good. Over 20, Nope. I agree with you about Spiller.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Read somewhere today that some FF guys not knowing the difference, picked 31Hunt for their team thinking they were getting 27Hunt—lol

    • Frank Rodela

      One of my leagues is with my family, to include my mother. She was boasting last week she somehow snagged Hunt over the rest of us “people who think they know what they are doing just because you watch football”

      The best part was her actually watching the game with us, talking smack every time 27Hunt touched the ball, and then questioning why “the stupid app wouldn’t update Hunt’s score. It is updating everyone else’s score, why not Hunt’s?”

      We let her go on her rant until the fourth quarter before we broke the news that 27Hunt was on my dad’s roster.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Haha! Priceless

  • Laurels and limitations

    lol pic.twitter.com/xkd5B1Im7G— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) September 28, 2017

  • One thing, or Two is it? No. Three.
    1. I see Conley open. I see that Al Smith doesn’t target him. It appears to me that it is 3rd option in progression of looks. Maybe I am wrong.
    2. Please. Let’s stay off the political. Save that for a different venue.
    3. Bert, I didn’t think of the another reason on Mason. It may have been investment money type decision, but I think it was injury, money and not fitting the d-scheme or he didn’t take to it anyway, the way they saw it.