The Chiefs perspective on Ravens Monday Night Football battle
1. What’s the one thing people outside of Kansas City tend to get wrong about the Chiefs?
That the Chiefs are a purely one-dimensional team that has a great offense that carries the defense. The defense stepped up in the second half of last season and helped the Chiefs get a bye in the playoffs. Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy is a well-deserved head coaching candidate, but with the job he’s done as defensive coordinator since arriving in 2019, so should be Steve Spagnuolo despite his porous run with the St. Louis Rams.
2. Do you believe that the Chiefs offense will get more run oriented with Clyde Edwards Hellaire in order to strengthen the play action pass game of the pass happy Chiefs?
Honestly, it depends on the week and the opponent. Week 1 saw the Chiefs ram it down the throat of the Texans with Edwards-Helaire the bell cow, but against the Chargers, the run game struggled. Feels like the Chiefs wanted to get CEH’s feet wet against Houston since he didn’t have a preseason. Overall, with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback and Andy Reid as the head coach, this is still a dynamic, pass-first offense. It’s just that now they appear to have a better run game.
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3. If you could pick one Ravens player and put him on the Chiefs who would it be?
Patrick Queen! I love that guy. He’s a dynamic rookie out of LSU, and, quite frankly, the Chiefs’ linebackers aren’t that good. Sure, they got Willie Gay Jr. in the second round of the draft, and he had a blocked punt last week, but Queen is a playmaker. During the draft, I crossed my fingers hoping he’d get to the Chiefs. When the Ravens selected him, I threw my hands up in the air. Not only is he a playmaking linebacker, but he seems like the perfect Raven. Chiefs could’ve used him.
4. What would your game plan be against Mahomes? What has been the best approach against him?
Play keep-a-away. That’s what the Chargers did with a rookie quarterback making his first ever appearance, and it almost worked. The Chargers dominated the clock and nearly pulled off the upset. That’s what Baltimore needs to do, and they can do it with their four-headed rushing attack, not to mention the passing attack.