Kansas City Chiefs’ Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub, Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton met with the media on Thursday afternoon.
Here are five things that stood out.
Assistant Head Coach / Special Teams Coordinator Dave Toub
1. Teams are trying to kick away from Tyreek Hill, what is the coaching on the sideline for what he should do?
TOUB: “Tyreek, he has a great feel and has great instincts. A lot of that stuff he does on his own within the parameters of what we are trying to get done. He is very sharp. He is a real football smart guy. He makes smart decisions. He knows when he can steal and when he can’t, and when to take a chance and when not to. He is pretty savvy back there and we are fortunate to have him.”
Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy
2. The offense has still put up points despite losing two starters along the offensive line. What is it about linemen Austin Reiter and Andrew Wylie’s ability to step in and play right away that allowed you guys to not miss a beat?
BIENIEMY: “First of all, these guys are on the team for a reason. [Offensive Line] Coach [Andy] Heck has done a great job since he’s been here. One thing he’s taken a tremendous amount of pride in is making sure all those guys are getting the number of reps [that they need]. At the end of the day, the next man is up. Unfortunately, injuries happen. The thing you don’t want to do is see a guy have to perform when that situation presents itself. Since we have been here, since day one, we have rotated all our guys. With the exception of the quarterback position, every position coach does that. What that does is it puts that accountability on that next man. At the end of the day, those players are just as responsible for the game plan as the starter. Basically, they become even more important because if the starter gets hurt, and now that accountability lays upon their shoulders. Their job is to make sure that they are mentally and physically prepared to accept that challenge when it’s presented.”
3. Is there anything different that edge rusher Myles Garrett brings to the table as a pass rusher that you haven’t seen this season?
BIENIEMY: “Each and every week I think I sit here and say, ‘You know what? This is a heck of a defense.’ He presents a lot of issues. One thing, he’s very athletic. He can get around on the edge. He’s long. If I’m not mistaken, I think he’s [near the top of the league] in forced fumbles. I know their team is. I mean, he has maybe three quarterback sack fumbles. The kid is a tremendous talent. He’s pretty good.”
Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton
4. What do you think of Baker Mayfield?
SUTTON: “I think he’s going to be a really, really good football player. He has all the tools. He has great arm talent, has movement, has vision – and I’m looking strictly based on what I see on video because I don’t know him. When you watch him you feel like, here is a guy that is really highly competitive. He has a great belief in what he’s doing, trusts himself, thinks, ‘I can get that throw in there.’ He can improvise. He’s got a lot of energy about him I think. I would just imagine that they’ve got to be really excited about what the future holds for him. I think he’s a really good football player.”
5. How confident are you in linebacker Ben Niemann if he has to play?
SUTTON: “I feel good. [Ben] did a really good job in preseason. That’s when we obviously saw him the most. Every time he’s gone in, whether in the preseason, a game or practice, he’s a very reliable, very dependable and tough-minded guy. He loves to compete, and he brings a lot of those attributes that I think are associated with the Iowa program of being tough and aggressive and all-out. I think that will serve him well. We feel pretty good about Ben.”