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Film Review: Breeland Speaks vs. Jacksonville

The Kansas City Chiefs defense http://www.chiefscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-kendall-fuller-jersey , while suspect most of the year, has been one of the most productive and consistent pass rush units in the NFL. Heading into the season, this may not have been an outrageous thought with the thought that Justin Houston and Chris Jones would be having monster seasons carrying the load. Both Jones and Houston have had good seasons to this point but Dee Ford has been the one stealing the show. This past week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ford not only needed some help, as both Houston and Jones left the game early, but he needed someone to take on the burden when he too exited the game early with an ejection. These circumstances, along with a dinged up Tanoh Kpassagnon, led to Breeland Speaks seeing by far his most snaps on the year. While the pass-rush loop down in the AP Laboratory is almost always continuously on Dee Ford (much to Kent’s chagrin), this week was time for Breeland Speaks to get on the main screen. Taking over for Justin Houston in the second quarter and getting the majority of the snaps with Kpassagnon also limited due to an injury, Speaks nearly doubled his snap count for the entire year in this game. Which led to the perfect time to put him under the microscope and try to dig deep into his film and look at where he’s winning, what he’s improving on, and if any weaknesses are coming up. Breeland Speaks - EDGEShowing improvement:Speaks is a young player still in the midst of a positional change, going from DT to DE to OLB over the past three years, so it’s somewhat unfair to be overly critical of him at this point, but sometimes his traits don’t lend to a ton of promise. Throughout the offseason and even early parts of the season, Speaks looked like a stiff, lumbering pass rusher that really didn’t show any moves outside of a bull rush and really looked out of place when moving in space.Working out from the wide-9 alignment may be a good choice for Speaks moving forward http://www.chiefscheapshoponline.com/cheap-authentic-cameron-erving-jersey , as it allows him to have a softer angle to turn once he does get the corner. He gets a good get-off the line, something that is definitely not consistent and even shows some quick footwork before he slides outside while chopping with his outside hand. He wins the edge pretty quickly and easily here and does turn the corner back up to the quarterback but just simply can’t tighten it up all the way.The little lateral shuffle/hop and outside chop is Speaks counter move to his bull rush right now, and while the primary and secondary moves there need to be switched, it’s nice to see both of them. Speaks isn’t going to be a speed rusher, but if he can continue to clean up this chop and lateral skip move to the point that offensive tackles expect it rather than the bull rush, he can become much more effective going forward.That was good.As mentioned, Speaks is a power rusher rather than a speed rusher and he’s going to be working through half-man a lot more than he’s going to be working around a blocker. Up until this point, Speaks had struggled to translate his power and strength into success as a pass rusher due to a lack of setting up his bull rush and offensive tackles dropping their anchor expecting it.Speaks comes off the ball attacking up the arc which gives the idea that he’s going for the chop around the edge again but then he plants his outside foot in the ground and leans into the offensive tackle while driving through his inside shoulder. He catches the tackle with his post foot moving and forces the tackle to open his gait to the inside towards the quarterback. The flash of the outside move transitioning into the power rush was fantastic, and now we just need Speaks to conclude the move with a finish and punch-extend his arms to get clean of the block.Why to be skepticalThe ability, or lack thereof, to turn even a mildly tight corner is something that Speaks has to work on. Even when he wins around the corner, he really has to dial it down and turn wide to get back to the QB, which is always going to result in late pressures rather than sacks. The glimmer of hope is that he can lose some weight next offseason and get into EDGE shape which gives hips a little more flexibility. Beyond just the corner, Speaks also has to learn how to attack blockers in less predictable ways.This has been a problem for Speaks all year—getting knocked to the ground because his pass rush plan is the same every snap: press the outside shoulder with a bull or chop. Good tackles have slapped his hands down and pancaked him and even a third-string left tackle, a backup right guard playing LT, is able to short set and punch him as he leans in to attack that outside shoulder and knock him over. Tackles sit down and anchor against him so often because of his lack of pass rush diversity that he starts leaning and when they slap his hands down or quick-set him, they catch him all kinds off balance.The bottom lineSimilar to Armani Watts (before he got hurt) Cheap Terrance Smith Jersey , Speaks had seen a share of snaps already this season before the injuries across the defensive line forced him into even more playing time. Fortunately for Speaks, his health seems to be good, knock on wood, for now and it’s a good thing because Justin Houston may be out for more games and Nate Orchard and Frank Zombo are not solutions across from Dee Ford. Whether Speaks is ready or not, the coaching staff has made it very clear that he is going to play and get plenty of run during games. The best take-home message from this game is that Breeland Speaks has a path to success, we saw it come to fruition in the fourth quarter. Speaks’ intensity and power was able to wear down the Jaguars’ left tackle (granted, he was a third-string OT) to the point that Speaks was able to outwork him to the edge routinely. Going forward, you would like to see him build on the ability to win against poor competition later in games and flash more often early in the game against starting caliber players. To get to that point, he may still need to lose some weight in order for him to be able to turn corners tighter and slip under OT’s hands a little cleaner. Speaks could also benefit from continuing to add pass rush moves to his belt, so that he’s not as predictable with the same move, but stacking a few more games together like this one will continue to trend his stock up going forward.The Dixon Five: Chiefs beat Steelers 42-37 The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37 on Sunday at Heinz Field. Here are five hot takes from the game:1. ZeroThat’s how many days it’s been since the Chiefs beat the Steelers on their home turf. Until the game clock ticked down to triple zeros at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon, the previous count had reached 11,592.(Thanks to Gary McKenzie for making the original calculation).That’s more than 31 years — more than a whole generation, and even longer than the time between Todd Blackledge’s last start as a Chief and Patrick Mahomes’ first one.And it’s not a coincidence that those two are roughly similar periods of time, and occurred almost simultaneously.It’s hard to imagine a more telling illustration of how dramatically things have changed for the Chiefs in 2018 than Sunday’s victory in Pittsburgh. And in this moment, it seems appropriate to propose that we change the focus of our record keeping to reflect this new reality:It has now been 336 days since the Steelers defeated the Chiefs on the road.Of course, Mahomes will no longer be the Chiefs quarterback when this new streak reaches past 11 Dee Ford Jersey ,592 days. By that time, even my grandson Jack will be reaching the end of his career as Kansas City’s starting quarterback under head coach Eric Berry and offensive coordinator Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.Unless — unlike Mahomes — he opts to become a pitcher instead of a quarterback.2. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesAnd yes... it is the light of an approaching train.It’s painted entirely in red, and has Patrick Mahomes Hype Train in enormous gold letters on each side, so no one can miss it.This train has been running a regular schedule throughout the Midwest since April of 2017.But now, its speed is being increased, and its route is being expanded to include the entire country, with stops at every sports news outlet and talk show — along with break rooms and water coolers at every place of business.I’d normally want to remind you that a train traveling at such a high speed is inherently dangerous to ride, because it can run off the rails so easily.But it sure is fun, isn’t it?3. Hello Sammy Watkins!Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesIf you’ve been waiting for the high-priced offseason acquisition to make an impact on the Chiefs offense, your wait is over.On Sunday, he had 71 yards on four catches — plus another 31 yards on an end around.And that was just in the first half!He finished the game with 100 yards on six catchesWatkins really showed his stuff on Sunday — getting big yards after the catch, and repeatedly demonstrating his attitude as a ball carrier.This is the advantage Kansas City now possesses: when the opposing team has no choice but to prepare to stop Tyreek Hill, you can script your offense around Watkins (or some other receiver) to start the game.It worked beautifully for the Chiefs in the first half, and then they shifted the focus to Hill in the second.But even late in the game, Watkins had another big gain where he reminded everybody why the Chiefs wanted him on their roster.4.Hello Travis Kelce!Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesHere’s another new reality to which we now have to adjust: when one of the Chiefs receivers doesn’t have a big game, it doesn’t necessarily represent a problem.Travis Kelce had only one catch for six yards in last week’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, and more than a few people pointed it out.And that’s OK.Back when the Chiefs didn’t have so many offensive weapons Cheap Xavier Williams Jersey , such a thing could be (and often was) a sign that something was wrong.But in Patrick Mahomes World, all of the Chiefs receivers are going to have days like that.And then they’ll have days like the one Kelce had on Sunday, where he had 106 yards on seven catches, along with two touchdowns.That’s the whole point of having so many offensive weapons — that the opposition has to prepare for all of them, and you get to decide which ones are going to get the emphasis.5. Goodbye rational discussion about the Chiefs defense.Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesNow that the Steelers are just the latest team to put up big yards on the Chiefs defense, the drumbeat is going to get louder.The defense is terrible.The Chiefs didn’t do anything about the secondary in the offseason.Bob Sutton is still living in the 1960s.I’m not going to argue against any of those points — and I doubt it would matter if I did.I’d just point out that if you have an offense that can score so quickly — which the Chiefs certainly do — the end result is that your defense is going to be on the field longer.On Sunday, the Steelers ran 20 more plays than the Chiefs did, and held the ball four and a half minutes longer.That adds up to a tired defense.Furthermore, if your team can routinely jump out to big leads early in the game — which so far, has been the case for the Chiefs — the opponent has no choice but to respond with more emphasis on the passing game.That adds up to a lot of passing yards given up.I’m not suggesting that we should just shrug our shoulders and accept it.The defense is going to have to be better for the Chiefs to have realistic playoff expectations.But with such an explosive offense in hand, it takes pressure off the defense, giving them time to develop as a unit and improve.They don’t have to be the best in the league.But if they can even be average, that might be enough for the Chiefs to be a very hard team to beat at the end of the year.

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