- Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (calf) feels positive about playing in the Super Bowl this week: “I’m feeling pretty good and I’m very optimistic.” (Matt McMullen)
- Asked about potentially re-signing with the Chiefs this offseason, Watkins responded: “Would I love a third ring? For sure.” (Adam Teicher)
- Chiefs GM Brett Veach said the interest in bringing Watkin back is mutual if they can figure out the finances. Watkins likely will have to take less, potentially a lot less, to stay in Kansas City: “Sammy is a big part of this offense. When he’s healthy, we’re better. If there’s a way we can make it work again, we’ll certainly try to do that. I love having him around.” (Teicher)
Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo is one of the more accomplished defensive coordinators in the NFL, with two Super Bowl titles on his resume and potentially a third coming depending on what happens this weekend. If that fourth title leads to a second shot at a head coaching job for Spagnuolo next year, he wouldn’t complain.
“I’d like to get another crack at a head-coaching job,” Spagnuolo said via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “But I will not, listen, I don’t stay up nights thinking about it.”
After one of the best defensive performances ever in a Super Bowl put him on the map as a coaching star, Spagnuolo was named the Rams head coach in St. Louis in 2009. His three seasons there went poorly, with a 10-38 record, but Spagnuolo believes he could do better with a second shot at it.
“I’m a competitor like anybody else,” Spagnuolo said. “It didn’t go as great as we wanted to in St. Louis, except for that one year. It’s a proving ground, the NFL is the greatest proving ground of all sports. So that part of it, I’d like another shot.”
- Per ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy commented on being spurned again for a head coaching job: “I can only be me. Some team has to want that . . . For some reason, that chemistry has not been a fit.”
- The entire situation is less than ideal for Bieniemy, who says he will continue to work as hard as he can to meet his goals: “I did not ask to be the poster boy for this situation….The only thing I know to do is go back to work and continue chopping wood.” (Brooke Pryor)
- Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes says his toe “feels a lot better” and is close to 100 percent. (Dianna Russini)
- Chie RB Le’Veon Bell said his body feels fresher as a result of his season-long holdout in 2018: “Me sitting out, it helped me on the back end of my career. It felt like I was a rookie all over again … It reset my body. It helped me for the end of my career.” (Pryor)
- Chiefs S Juan Thornhill feels fully recovered from his torn ACL last season: “I can definitely say I’m back to 100%. I’m really confident in myself. I feel like I’m back to where I was last year, and I’m ready to go.” (Jesse Newell)
- Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said they would try and keep as much of this team together as possible this offseason but the reported drop in the salary cap will be a challenge: “Certainly we’ll try to keep as many of our guys together as possible. We’ve got a good core of talented young players . . . Like every team we’ll have some challenges if the salary cap ends up being closer to $175 million than not.” (Adam Teicher)