The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a perfect 2-0 to begin the season, however things have not been as smooth as they might appear. The protecting Super Bowl champions have not looked as remarkable on the protective sides as they have actually wanted to head into the year.
The most significant modification beyond Arrowhead Arena has actually been the pack of crowd noise. Last Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers was an unusual experience for Tyrann Mathieu and also the Chiefs protection. Mathieu talked with reporters on Friday regarding the new no group experience and exactly how the team managed it.
“Yeah, it’s quite the change,” claimed Mathieu, “Undoubtedly, not having the ability to play in front of followers. I seem like that definitely offered us an increase of encouragement, but we have actually reached change, we have actually got to adjust. I think a whole lot has to originate from within, and also then from there it’s us feeding off each various other, us trying to keep each various other inspired as well as maintain each various other urged. Especially when we do not have that momentum, we do not have fans in the stands, we’ve reached find a way to be positive, especially in sluggish games, games when we’re not playing to the most effective of our capabilities. We’ve just reached find that, dig deep within.”
The Chiefs’ defense has shown indications of weakness during the very first 2 video games that are a cause for concern. The defense has actually given up over 300 rushing backyards in only 2 video games, something hefty on the mind of Mathieu.
“I’m still type of pissed, yet I’m most definitely motivated,” Mathieu said. “I wouldn’t claim that I’m dissuaded. I know the people that we have in our room. I understand the instructors that we have, and I understand that we’ll be able to change and also obtain it right. So, I’m not stressed over that. Obviously, we had high expectations coming into the period to attempt our finest to meet the requirement we established last season, however we’ve got to dig a little much deeper. Undoubtedly, we’re going to get a great deal of teams’ finest shot. A great deal of offensive organizers are mosting likely to attract up their ideal plays to sort of beat us and keep Pat off the area.
“So, we have actually got to dig a bit much deeper as well as I assume this is a wonderful opportunity, using ‘Monday Evening Football’, betting a group that runs the ball well, can stretch the field vertically in the passing away video game. Our hands are complete, yet it’s a fantastic test, it’s a wonderful difficulty for us. I’m delighted to see us turn up as well as reveal everybody who we are.”
The Chiefs will require to make adjustments on defense to contain the always-explosive Lamar Jackson. The Ravens are known for their courageous rushing strike, so the greatest test of the period for Mathieu as well as the remainder of the protective unit might be on display Monday night.