The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a perfect 2-0 to start the season, but things haven’t been as smooth as they may seem. The defending Super Bowl champions haven’t looked as impressive on the defensive sides as they have hoped to head into the year.
The most significant change outside of Arrowhead Stadium has been the pack of crowd noise. Last Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers was an unusual experience for Tyrann Mathieu and the Chiefs defense. Mathieu spoke with reporters on Friday about the new no crowd experience and how the team handled it.
”Yeah, it’s quite the adjustment,” said Mathieu, ”Obviously, not being able to play in front of fans. I feel like that definitely gave us a boost of encouragement, but we’ve got to adjust, we’ve got to adapt. I think a lot has to come from within, and then from there it’s us feeding off each other, us trying to keep each other motivated and keep each other encouraged. Especially when we don’t have that momentum, we don’t have fans in the stands, we’ve got to find a way to be positive, especially in slow games, games when we’re not playing to the best of our abilities. We’ve just got to find that, dig deep within.”
The Chiefs’ defense has shown signs of weakness during the first two games that are a cause for concern. The defense has surrendered over 300 rushing yards in only two games, something heavy on the mind of Mathieu.
“I’m still kind of pissed, but I’m definitely encouraged,” Mathieu said. “I wouldn’t say that I’m discouraged. I know the guys that we have in our room. I know the coaches that we have, and I know that we’ll be able to adjust and get it right. So, I’m