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ALAMEDA http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/dustin-colquitt-jersey-authentic , Calif. 鈥?Patrick Mahomes and Kareem Hunt entered the NFL as part of Kansas City‘s 2017 draft class and quickly formed a tight friendship as they tried to build the Chiefs into a Super Bowl contender.Mahomes now must do it without Hunt, released over the weekend after a video surfaced that showed him knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February.“We had a close relationship,” Mahomes said Sunday after he threw four TD passes in Kansas City’s 40-33 victory over the Oakland Raiders.“I saw the stuff that happened. We don’t do those things. At the same time, I focused on our organization, the Chiefs. I know we have to keep moving forward and going out there to win football games if we want to have success this season.”The win over the Raiders capped a roller coaster of emotions for Chiefs players, who watched Hunt get sent home from the facility on Friday after TMZ posted the video. Hunt is shown being restrained several times by friends before pushing a woman to the ground when he proceeds to kick her. Police were called to the scene during the Feb. 10 incident, no charges were filed and no punishment was handed out by the NFL.That changed soon after the video was posted, with the league placing Hunt on the Commissioner Exemption List and then the Chiefs releasing Hunt shortly after that.Coach Andy Reid declined to elaborate on the move, saying only it was difficult and praising his players for how they dealt with any distraction.“We made the decision that we made,” Reid said. “We put out a statement to explain the situation. As we’ve done in the past, when things come up that’s where we go. We handle it within and we handle it with the person that it affects. We’ve done all of those things.”Hunt led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns in helping Kansas City make the playoffs. He had run for 824 yards this season, with seven touchdowns rushing and seven more receiving Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey , in helping the Chiefs (now 10-2) race out to a lead in the AFC West.Now Kansas City must go through the stretch run of the season and the playoffs without one of its most important offensive pieces and a popular locker room personality.“That’s my brother,” said Spencer Ware, who replaced Hunt as the starting running back. “It’s a tough situation. But like I said, the men in this circle, the men in our locker room, the organization, Chiefs Kingdom 鈥?we got one goal, to win the Super Bowl. We got to stay distraction-free. I don’t have anything else to say about that.”They managed to survive just fine against the struggling Raiders (2-10). Ware rushed 14 times for 47 yards and a 1-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-goal direct snap. Damien Williams added 38 yards on five carries, Tyreek Hill gained 37 on an end-around and a lateral, and Mahomes ran for 52 on his own.The Chiefs finished with 174 yards rushing in all, their second-highest total of the season.“It was great to get Spencer back in there working on more of a full-time basis, as opposed to being a relief pitcher or third-down player,” Reid said. “Williams then stepped in and had a couple of nice runs.” The first time the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders met this season http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/laurent-duvernay-tardif-jersey-authentic , the Chiefs were dealing with a little bit of turmoil because of the release of Kareem Hunt. The Chiefs offense was expected to look a little off — especially the rushing attack — and face a few setbacks trying to figure out how to run the offense without such an impactful player. The game came and went.Even though the offense didn’t look as crisp as it had through most of this year, the Chiefs still scored 40 points — scoring on on seven out of eleven significant possessions.The offense was moving along nicely, and the Chiefs are looking to match or exceed that performance as the Raiders come into Arrowhead Sunday afternoon — with the first overall seed in the AFC on the line. Because the Chiefs played the Raiders so recently, this Advanced Scouting article will look a little different. The overall game plan will remain the same, but this article will focus on what the Chiefs executed well against the Raiders five weeks ago — along with what they didn’t execute well. Game plan keys against the Oakland RaidersKyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsFor the first matchup against the Raiders, our Advanced Scouting article touched on the Raiders scheme, personnel decisions, and how the Chiefs should attack them:Keys to beating the Raiders defense:Run the ball vertically, not horizontallyIsolate skill players in the open fieldTake deep shots and let routes develop vs a struggling pass rushAttack zone coverage over the middle of the fieldIsolate Daryl Worley and target himWhere the Chiefs succeeded Establishing a competent running gameThe Chiefs recorded their second-highest rushing output in the first Raiders game — despite working in new feature backs to replace Kareem Hunt.Spencer Ware led the charge, but Damien Williams looked equally impressive in his limited carries. But since that game, Ware has been dealing with injuries and Williams has been coming on stronger each week.The Chiefs should continue to run the ball with a mix of inside zone, outside zone and power running plays.The Raiders defensive linemen are smaller, gap-shooting players that don’t hold up well against double-teams when teams run inside on them. The double-teams that begin both inside zone and power runs really give the Raiders defensive line a difficult time.Stretching out of the defense with outside zone runs presents another set of challenges to the Raiders. Once Andrew Wylie seals the defensive end to the play side Youth Travis Kelce Jersey , it’s all on the Raiders’ linebackers to make this play. Unfortunately for them, they aren’t most athletic linebackers in the game, and they are slow to diagnose the play, so they flow to it late.By the time the strong side linebacker recognizes the play and makes his break, Mitchell Schwartz is waiting for him, forces a passive angle and still makes an easy block. The jet motion — plus the pulling tight end — holds both the middle and weak-side linebackers in place.Deep drop backs and deep routesIn the first game, the Chiefs were a little hit-or-miss on deeper routes.The Raiders struggled to bring consistent pressure, so the Chiefs were able to get players open downfield on longer-developing routes. They just weren’t able to connect on them as frequently as they would have liked — missing out on a few huge plays by a couple of yards.The plan should remain the same: getting receivers vertical against a Raiders secondary that is very inconsistent — even though they have some promising talent. Both starting outside cornerbacks have a tendency to bite on double moves or get caught on their heels watching the quarterback, and their safeties don’t have ideal athleticism or eye discipline. This play had the Raiders defense confused, as Hill ends up completely open in the flat while three defenders key on the running back in the flat to the back side of the play. The vertical route on the outside — combined with the slice route by Chris Conley in the slot — stresses the single-high safety to choose one or the other. The slot cornerback is playing with outside leverage, trying to force the receiver to his helping defenders.But when Conley carries vertical and there is no safety help, the cornerback has no choice but to grab him to prevent a big play. Attacking zone coverage in the middle of the fieldThe initial game plan called for attacking the Raiders linebackers tasked with zone coverage in the middle of the field due to their use of pattern match coverage. This often put these linebackers picking up in-breaking receivers and having to cover them one-on-one — even though these players don’t possess great athleticism and aren’t adept in coverage.Against the Chiefs, the Raiders mixed it up quite a bit by playing an equal amount of single-high and split-safety snaps — and the Chiefs took advantage of them. Whether attacking short Youth Mitch Morse Jersey , intermediate, or deep in the middle of the field, the Chiefs were able to make the Raiders pay for having less-than-mediocre athletes trying to defend great athletes. Given their weapons on the outside, It’s tempting to play split-safety coverage against the Chiefs, but you have to have a linebacker capable of running the alley with the likes of Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill. Patrick Mahomes’ arm talent always makes the space between the hashes open — even when there is no one occupying the two deep safeties — and they have made teams pay for it any time they see a healthy amount of Cover-2 or quarters coverage.The Raiders lack the kind of linebacker that is great for this role — Seattle players like K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner are good examples — so these plays should be open for the Chiefs again. If the Raiders ditch the MOF-open shells, look for the linebackers to be targeted, as they will have to carry receivers vertically and horizontally with their match coverage. Winning the isolated one-on-onesIn the initial game plan, this was specifically about Daryl Worley.The Chiefs did target Worley early in the game, and the Raiders ended up using him for about 30% fewer snaps than he had been seeing. Since that game, he has worked his way back into the rotation, but the point still stands: Worley has struggled mightily this year.The other one-on-one matchup the Chiefs attacked — and should continue to attack — is their tight ends against Raiders safeties or linebackers. Both Kelce and Demetrius Harris were able to get open often, and the Raiders made it easy to isolate them on the back side of formations. In this play, Harris is split out wide on the back side as a Y-Iso Youth Kareem Hunt Jersey , and the Raiders have their help shifted to the strong side of the formation. Harris runs a simple slant, sells the outside/vertical release and gets wide open — but then has a simple miscommunication about sitting in the space and carrying through. This was one of six plays where the Chiefs were able to generate an open tight end against one-on-one man coverage against the Raiders — and they should continue to do it. Where the Chiefs can improveSkill positions in the open fieldThis isn’t to say the Chiefs didn’t find success getting the ball to running backs in the flat or hitting running back and tight end screens.They did have success.But they left some meat on the bone. The Raiders did a good job of flying out to the flats when they saw a running back angle in that direction, and between their emphasis on the flats and a few late or ill-placed throws, there is some room to improve in the rematch. Here we see a couple of execution errors — which aren’t normal for Andy Reid’s short game. On the screen pass, you’d like to see Mitch Morse stab or chip the nose tackle briefly to help Andrew Wylie get there quickly — or see Damien Williams trust his speed to beat the nose tackle outside because Wylie is cutting off his pursuit angle. The ball placement on the quick flat is just a little behind Williams, which forces him to slow down and gives him no real chance to pick up the first down after the catch. The bottom lineEven though I just wrote about why the Chiefs offense may not be as elite as it was earlier in the year, they really did have their way with the Raiders defense in Week 13. The few offensive failures were simply the Chiefs making simple mistakes in execution, rather than the Raiders actively stopping them — and the Chiefs still put up 40 points.The Chiefs offense — with everything on the line — should come out firing on all cylinders, and pick up right where they left off during their last meeting with the Raiders.
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