When Hungry Pigs Fly

 

When Hungry Pigs Fly

 

What a merry Christmas it was. We got to see a fast start, solid defense and special teams, a Chiefs victory, a Denver loss, eliminated the Doncs from the playoffs, four offensive touchdowns, and a 6’3” 346 lb NFL Nose Tackle throw a touchdown pass from the wildcat. I love it.

There were so many aspects of the game that were satisfying, but I thought I would touch on 3 of my favorites.

Hungry Pig Flies

 

KANSAS CITY, MO – December 26: Nose tackle Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a TD pass to tight end Demetrius Harris #84 of the Kansas City Chiefs to make the score 33-10 in the fourth quarter at Arrowhead Stadium December 26, 2016 Kansas City, MO. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

 

It is always fun to see a big man get involved with the offense, but it is usually as a blocker or an occasional running back at the goal line. It is pretty darn rare to see them catching passes (although technically it was backwards and counts as a run) and throwing touchdowns. However, that is exactly what Santa, I mean Andy Reid treated the Chiefs fans to on Sunday night.

 

 

Send in Dontari Poe, of Hungry Pig Right fame, for a goal line play. When they break the huddle, where does Poe go? Poe lines up in the wildcat. Oh boy, this is going to be good: he’s going to take a direct snap, get up a head of steam, and plow into the line for a TD. All is going as expected until he pulls up, gets some crazy ups (for a 346 lb man that is), and launches a jump shot ball over the line to magnet hands Demetrius Harris for a score. And the stadium goes wild. Well, everyone except those wearing orange and blue.

 

Hill Jet Sweeps Miller: Part Deux

In a repeat of the last time the Chiefs and Broncos played, Tyreek Hill ran a jet sweep from left to right with Alex Smith on a read option, Smith gave the ball to Hill and he blew right by Von Miller for a big gain, again.

 

 

 

 

I have watched the replay about a dozen times and it just doesn’t get old. He has a deer in the headlights look and then he goes into full on recovery mode. Of course he isn’t nearly fast enough to catch Hill. Then again, who is?

This is a great play to keep pass-rushing ends honest. If they come crashing in too fast, a handoff like this goes right by them for a nice gain. If they pause a second to hold the edge, the QB can drop back for a pass with the extra time. Good play if we don’t overuse it and mix in the handoffs and passes.

 

Millionth Time is The Charm Bubble Screen

 

KANSAS CITY, MO – December 26: Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs sails across the goal line for a score in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium December 26, 2016 Kansas City, MO. (Photo By Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

 

Unfortunately for all of us Chiefs fans, the bubble screen finally paid off big time. Travis Kelce brought in a bubble screen pass, Harris and Mitchell Schwartz throw some nice blocks, Kelce is off to the races, Eric Fisher is way downfield ready to block, Jeremy Maclin throws a final block to ensure Kelce goes in untouched. Nice team play for a score. As someone on the game thread joked, “so that is what it looks like when executed correctly”.

All kidding aside, it was a nice play for the offense. It looked like everyone was motivated and on their assignment. I didn’t see anyone going half-hearted on the play. I am really hoping the loss to the Titans was the wake-up call we needed to go into the playoffs with the right mindset.

 

Honorable Mentions

 

KANSAS CITY, MO: DECEMBER 25: A fan gets tackled by a security guard after running out onto the field during the third quarter to stop play during the Denver Broncos-Kansas City Chiefs game December 25, 2016, at Arrowhead Stadium. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post)

You have to like the Bronco fan running onto the field. It was only made better by this beautiful tackle by security. I think we found our replacement for DJ. Dorsey called him in for a workout today.

Talking heads saying Reid was running up the score with the Poe touchdown. To that I say, “Bah, Humbug”. When we don’t score then we aren’t aggressive enough and can’t close out games. When we do score, we are running it up to embarrass the Broncos. I think it was the right call to go for the touchdown, regardless of who scored or how. Denver is supposed to have a good defense and was touted all year long based on them being the Superbowl champs.  They should have been able to stop us.

Game Stats

        Denver Passing – 183 yards, 17/43, QBR of 22.0 and Rating of 43.1

        Denver Rushing – 63 yards, across 4 RBs and 14 carries

        Denver Defense – 0 Sacks

        Denver Offense – 13 series – 1 TD, 1 FG, 1 TO on Downs, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles, and 7 Punts

        Emmanuel Sanders – 1 reception for 26 yards

        Demaryius Thomas – 3 receptions for 20 yards

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        Tyreek Hill – 6 carries for 95 yards

        Travis Kelce – 11 receptions for 160 yards

        KC Time Of Possession – 38:01

       

Those are pretty awesome stats, particularly the ones that show how the Kansas City Offense dominated the Denver Defense. If our offense can continue this, then we can go deep into the playoffs and be contenders in the Superbowl.  Until then, Go Chiefs!

And there’s The Rub!

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Frank Leggio is an operations director living in the Columbus, OH area.He has two sons and a couple of Beagles.He was born in Germany, went to high school in KS and college in CO.
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  • berttheclock

    Great breakdown, Mr Leggio.

    One point about two of those plays to Hill. The one you showed where he raced past Miller. Plus, the other one to the left, when, he exploded for a long TD. Because of those two plays, the DC of the Broncos was forced to bring up a back to contain which he did, but, that move allowed Kelce to have more running room in the secondary. Now, why do I say “running room”? Because of Kelce’s 160 yards gained on those pass plays, Kelce exploded for 123 yards after the catch which is the most anyone has done in the NFL this year.

    I recall someone took umbrage with YACs several years ago on an AA thread. He dismissed those yards as he wanted to blast Alex Smith for not having a strong arm. He failed to mention the many YACs the great Jerry Rice was able to achieve in his career. The Chiefs have been killed in the past by allowing wide outs to gain many many yards following short passes. Hilton of the Colts, Sanders of the Broncos as just a couple who have done damage to the Chiefs, so, it is about time the Chiefs have come up with an outstanding YAC guy of their very own.

    • Frank Leggio

      Pick your poison. Move up to contain Hill, miss tackling big boy Kelce. Hang back to contain Kelce, front row seat to Hill blazing by. Better tighten up the jock when Hill is in, he has faked quite a few guys out of them.

      I agree on the idea that downplaying YAC is dumb. The farther the ball is thrown, the lower the probability of a good play. The WC offense is built on high percentage plays with YAC (yards after catch and yards after contact). It is a death by a thousand cuts offense. If you can gain 3.5 yards per play, you can control the clock, move the chains and score. It isn’t as flashy, but lots of Ws do look pretty cool.

      Brady won his last Super Bowl running an AS11 game manager scheme.

      I like to see about 80-85% of the plays be runs or short yardage passes with an expectation of YAC. Use the other 15-20% to stretch the D with a long ball (actually anything over 10 yards would be good for me on this).

      • berttheclock

        Also, why next year, I would love to see Robinson inserted on offense. At Florida, he became well known for YACs.

  • berttheclock

    Just read the snap counts posted at the KC Star. Poe was allowed with the six man rotation to have his snap counts cut down to only 43 for the game. Kept him fresh enough to play QBOTF for the Chiefs. Dee Ford had 52 snaps at OLB, whereas Ramik Wilson had 57 at ILB. However, this game allowed several younger players to be able to have snaps. Dadi Nicholas was in on 8 snaps, Acker for 3, Eric Murray for 9 snaps and Terrence Smith had 10 at ILB, replacing D J Alexander.

    Kudos to Mr Dorsey for finding both Terrence Smith and Mitchell. True finds and gems to this point.

    • tm1946

      Who was the QB out of Kentucky (?), size of a TE in the day?

      • berttheclock

        You mean Jared Lorenzen, who was very large. He became a backup QB in the NFL.

        • tm1946

          Long enough for a cup of coffee?

          • berttheclock

            Lorenzen, the six four 320 pounder, was with the Giants for 3 years and then, training camp with the Colts before being cut. He only passed for 28 yards, but, his first claim to fame was against the Cowboys when they used him on a 3rd and one for a QB sneak.

    • MItchell has been a true blessing for the Secondary. I feel quite a lot better about this than perhaps I felt 6 weeks ago.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Great read Frank. Look forward to the Chargers game this week. Hopeful that Broncos can beat the Raiders, but I fear that even the loss of Carr can’t help Kubiak’s free-falling offense to a win.

    • berttheclock

      If those Broncos’ fans truly believe Paxton Lynch will make any difference, they will all be mistaken, including John Elway, who should have solidified one of his OG slots by taking, either, Joshua Garnett of Stanford or Ifedi of Texas A&M instead of Lynch, who in my opinion is, yet, another waste of money and a waste of a fairly high draft pick.

      • Chiefly Bacon

        I was super relieved when Denver picked him up. Was worried that there was something to the rumors that Chiefs were interested.

        • berttheclock

          Here is the cost of taking Lynch. They had to move up 5 spots with Seattle to take him. They paid him a $5,091 M signing bonus and a 4 year deal for $9.476.296 which averages at $2,369,074. Compare that with the $383,393 signing bonus Jerry Jones paid to Dak Prescott and the 4 year deal for $2,723, 393. Add the fact that Seattle used their first drop back to take Ifedi who has really helped their O-Line. Then, with the extra pick at 94, they took a backup TE, Vannett. But, one pick afterwards, the Lions took Graham Glascow, the C/OG from Michigan who after only 5 games into the season has become a solid OG for the Lions. So, Elway could have taken two OGs and rebuilt his interior of the line and spent a sizeable amount of money on a long term project.

    • Frank Leggio

      I share the fear on Kubiak. The team seems to be falling apart. Here’s to hoping Von Miller gets to spend some quality time with McGloin.

      I am also hoping Rivers does his melt down thing. You know, where he gets so close to victory and then goes all Tommy Boy.

      • mnelson52

        I think it would be wrong for the Broncos to play Lynch this week. Siemian is not a bad QB. He has thrown for a lot of yards considering his O-line. He is their best option to finish their season. I understand trying to get Lynch some playing time with the Broncs being out of the dance, but this game can have a major impact of the seeding. Therefore, they owe it to the league to give it their best effort to win. The Raiders can be either the 1, 2, or 5 seed after that game. With that much impact on the seeding, it would be disrespectful to the whole league to not give it their best instead of taking a look at their backups. They have the preseason next year for that…. Just my bias opinion

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        I’m hoping Rivers doesn’t get that close to victory, I’d rather we just smack them around like we did the donkeys.

        • Frank Leggio

          Me too, but Phyllis seems to like to show up for 59 minutes

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            I didn’t see the game, but they did lose to the Browns, I’m guessing there is a whole lot of already quit on that team.
            Including ownership, planning their move north.

          • mnelson52

            Or embarrassed to the point that they’re ready to take it out on someone.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Maybe, but either way it will probably be a quiet stadium.

          • mnelson52

            Especially compared to Arrowhead

          • Chiefly Bacon

            No the Chiefs fans filling San Diego’s stands will actually be very loud.

  • berttheclock

    One other point not mentioned before. Yesterday, I posted a comment about how Donald Stephenson had lost it following his several false starts. He ended up getting flagged for a personal foul which came out of pure frustration. That flag moved the ball forward for 15 yards. Now, he had been getting those earlier false starts while trying to man up against Dee Ford, but, on the play I just mentioned, Sutton had moved Chris Jones over to be in front of Ford and Stephenson became highly confused. Kudos to Sutton for making such a move. There is a breakdown, either at the Star or over at ESPN by Teicher about the several hurries and pressures put on Siemian by both Ford and Jones.

    Perhaps, Donald’s communication system with his cousin, micah, broke down and micah could not tell him how to not play as just some boring OT.

  • larry mckinney

    Thanks Frank. Always find time to read your good stuff. “Because they’re the Broncos.” Still break up when I think about it.

    • Frank Leggio

      Thanks Larry. Glad you enjoy the writing.

  • drwillez37

    I would like to thank Clark Hunt for bringing John Dorsey to our team from GB. What an amazing move that has completely transformed the culture here. 3 playoff runs in 4 years isn’t anything to shrug your shoulders at (hopefully we still win the West) Go CHIEFS!!!!!

  • ladner morse

    @jfseibel BTW… that was the longest run by a Bronco vs the Chiefs in 2016.— Ladner Morse (@Laddiemorse) December 27, 2016

    • berttheclock

      Oh yeah, as he was wearing his orange hoodie and a blue rain coat.

      • berttheclock

        I didn’t know if he was Tito K or Marvin.

        • mnelson52

          Tito is a little more objective than Marvin H. I really got tired of Marvin always saying Chiefs are just a 3rd tier team that has no chance of beating a good team.

          • PaulfromnorthMO

            Of course now the donkeys are a 3rd tier team with no chance of beating a good team. I really shouldn’t say that since I hope they win next week.

          • Frank Leggio

            Lets hope they are top dog against the Raiders. My bet is their D feasts on the Oak O. Probably 1-2 picks and 4-5 sacks.

          • KCMikeG

            Didn’t you hear? Marvin choked to death on a steaming plate of crow! LOL!!!!

          • Frank Leggio

            Thats funny. That group is conspicously absent now. Funny how they hung around before, despite many Chiefs fans telling them they werent wanted. Their answers were always something about how they just wanted to talk football and were just citing “facts”. Apparently they dont want to talk about the Chiefs being a good team and/or how all their “facts” were BS.

            Glad they arent on our site.

        • KCMikeG

          Or Micah or Trinity/Rory

  • ladner morse

    Not everyday you get a movie star hanging out in the locker room. Merry Chiefsmas @ Chiefs Stadium https://t.co/7NhAFlg2UF— DJ Alexander (@D_alexander4) December 27, 2016

    • tm1946

      OK, looks like the homeless guy along Broadway, seriously who is he.

      • ladner morse

        You don’t know who Paul Rudd is? Ant Man… the little prince… Parks & Rec… This is 40… Forgetting Sarah Marshall…..

        • tm1946

          Sorry, nope. Maybe a shave and a Shakespeare play or John Wayne type western or even a Bill Murray comedy.

          • ladner morse

            I’ve only seen him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall… but I mostly know him from the Tonight Show – Jimmy Fallon…

        • berttheclock

          Laddie, had only John Wayne starred in “The 40 year virgin”, then, perhaps………….

          Have you ever perused his long bio on IMDB? Very long list. Thanks to TWA for moving his father to Overland Park so Paul could become a fan of the Chiefs.

  • berttheclock

    But, how about the bone head coaching call of the week, when, the defensive minded Rex and his brother who is the DC of the Bills forgot to check out how many Bills were on the playing field on the play where Ajayi torched them to set up a winning FG? Ron Jaworski had to point out to the Ryan brothers that they only had 10 defensive players on the field.

    • berttheclock

      Side note is both of the Ryan brothers have been fired as of today.

      • tm1946

        HC record not very good considering how long he lasted. Supposedly he could come back as DC someday.

        • mnelson52

          I think that’s more likely than being a HC again

  • berttheclock

    Just read where Poe’s pass and his former run for a TD set an NFL record for the biggest player to ever throw a TD pass and/or run for a TD in the history of the NFL. I believe the lightest was a player back in Merlin’s day and he weighed something like 145 pounds.

    • Frank Leggio

      Lets split him wide. Hungry Pig Corner. Or, maybe when they are at the 20, Hungry pig Go

  • ladner morse

    Damn 2016 ain't over yet… RIP Princess.— Chris Conley (@_flight17_) December 27, 2016

    • ladner morse

      Carrie Fisher, 1956 to 2016, RIP.

      • damn.

        • ladner morse

          I know

      • PaulfromnorthMO

        Wow, this isn’t the kind of news I like to get from you!

    • ladner morse

      She was the brightest, funniest, bravest, kindest, cleverest and sweetest person I ever knew. A crushing blow to lose @carrieffisher— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) December 27, 2016

      • berttheclock

        Great response from a great person. Yes, RIP, Carrie Fisher.

  • On to the San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs finish 12-4… that is the next goal. Get ‘er done.

  • ladner morse

    All of Carrie Fisher's scenes have already been filmed for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' https://t.co/ytvRDO8FOj pic.twitter.com/dVzac8PeoH— BI Entertainment (@BI_Entertain) December 27, 2016

  • you know what really gets in my craw? The 2nd Q. The rest of the game had it’s moments for the offense and I was very pleased to see it. That is they type of uniqueness and dynamics on show for most of this game, even when they didn’t score. But 3Q’s of scoring is good. The 2nd Q? Not so much. We need to see this build this week, take care of business no matter what the Raiders do, no matter what the Broncos do. The wave is cresting at the right moment, ride it to completion the rest of the way, despite the missing personnel, despite the ups and downs. etc.

    • addendum: The offense got sloppy coming out of the half and had 3 or 4 penalties called on them in the 2nd half.I don’t like that. Loss of Focus it appeared to me. Also, I like that Nicholas got in the game…

  • ladner morse

    Over the past three week, #Chiefs' Terrance Mitchell is the NFL's No. 3-ranked CB, according to @PFF.24 targets, 9 receptions, 77 yds. pic.twitter.com/7BPwH1t7Bi— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) December 27, 2016

    • PaulfromnorthMO

      I’m sure with MP22 on the other side, he’ll see plenty more action in the games to come. Let’s hope he can keep up the stellar play.

    • sidibeke

      If he keeps playing like this, Peters will start getting ints again.

  • berttheclock

    A tremor went through my limited brain a few minutes ago. I was reading a thread from a Broncos’ fansided site. The writer wrote about the needed off season changes for the Broncos, from assistant coaching changes to players needed to be added to the mix. The tremor came when he was discussing the need to beef up the center of their defensive line and he mentioned Poe. Enough said, but, Mr Dorsey, pay the man, please!

    • mnelson52

      I would hate to face the hungry pig twice a year. Not to mention losing his play 16 times a year. Besides we’ve been needing a good QB with his completion percentage…lol

      • Frank Leggio

        Ditto. Lets hope Dorsey can work some cap magic

    • which brings up a great dilemma for Dorsey to resolve, eh? This seasons cap is going to be well above(probably) the 165M dollar deal. The Chiefs have 2 men on the current roster that need deals and they are both expensive and both crucial: Berry and Poe. Perhaps the difficulties with his back will help the Chiefs case in closing that deal. Perhaps. One thing in our favor there(well, same thing with Berry and look what that wrought in 2016), is that Poe is a “Chief”… Next up is looking at the ILB situation or for that matter the edge. 3/4 of the teams in the NFL run the 43 an it’s about half and half in the AFC. That is the next situational that I can see coming from What Dorsey builds as his board and the combine/pro day results. We really need to draft an OLB of high caliber and we really need to draft an ILB of high caliber. At least our Dadi got some snaps. PFF’S second Mock has the Chiefs taking a CB. But it appears to me that the Dorsey closed that CB gap with Mitchell. He still needs to draft to that position as well but Mitchell played so well, I feel pretty good about this right now.

  • berttheclock

    Many fans may not remember that Dorsey thought so much of Terrence Smith, after he went undrafted coming out of Florida State, that he gave him a $15,000 bonus. That was five grand higher than the bonus he gave to Irving, last year and the Cowboys swooped and plucked Irving from the Chiefs’ PS. Smith’s father was a huge star as a wide out for Clemson and his cousin, DeAndred Hopkins, the wide out for the Texans, has shown a bit of flash at times, eh?

    One reason he went undrafted is several GMs bought into his being a bit light as an ILB and thought he was more athletic in coverage than having the needed thumping ability He is very close in size to the OLB, Telvin Smith, who was a 5th round pick in 2014 and has become a star for the Jags.

  • ladner morse

    There have been 18 "12-4" WildCard teams since 1978-2 won Super Bowls 1997 Broncos-2000 Ravens-3others 2 conference champ @ChiefsReporter— Mitch Holthus (@mitchholthus) December 27, 2016

  • KCMikeG

    KUDOS to the OL for keeping AS11 pretty clean.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    One thing has become crystal clear to me….if this squad is passionate about a game, it doesn’t seem like nobody can take them down, but if they are not, they can lose ugly to inferior teams.
    Undefeated in arguably one of the toughest divisions and victors over powerhouses like Atlanta yet struggled against teams like the Jags,Bucs and Titans……

    • I don’t think you should classify the Bucs or Titans either one in that category. Both teams were vying for a playoff berth. The Bucs are 8-7, could end at 9-7, respectable. Ditto the Titans who are 8-7. The Titans are a ditto. Tough loss for their QB going down as well. I don’t think Denver is a slouch and they are 8-7 and I think they will go 9-7, or they should unless they have this undying hatred for the Chiefs(which they do). But then again, there is no love lost by them for the Raiders either. Incidentally, LA doesn’t want the Chargers according to a recent poll. Huh.