KC Chiefs Have High Praise for Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco as Season Winds Down

KC Chiefs Have High Praise for Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco as Season Winds Down

The Kansas City Chiefs will be fine-tuning their game plan in the final two regular-season games. They hope to be a complete team in the playoffs. While defense, special teams, and passing are all important, running the football has been a key part of the team’s success.

Kansas City gave Clyde Edwards Helaire, a third-year man, the running back role to start the year. Veteran Jerick McKinnon was there to provide support and veteran Isiah Pacheco was an intriguing future option. The season was less than half-way through, however, Pacheco surpassed Edwards-Helaire in the depth chart, and McKinnon’s workload remained significant. With Edwards-Helaire now on the injured reserve, the Chiefs’ running room is now. Produced at an impressive level.

The Chiefs are 17th in the NFL for team rushing yards per match at 117.1. In their first eight games, they averaged 103.5 yards per game with a 4.5 yards per carry mark. These figures have risen to 132.6 and 5.0, respectively, since then. That would make them 10th in the league over the course of a full-season. The Chiefs are now more likely to play complementary football because of Pacheco’s performance. Greg Lewis, running backs coach, thanks everyone involved.

Lewis stated that Pop (Isiah) Pacheco has done a tremendous task of leaning upon Jerick and Burt (Michael Burton), and Clyde, Melvin (Gordon), RoJo(Ronald Jones). “Just getting that professionalism and understanding different aspects about how to run back professionally and what it takes to be successful, and then going out and putting that information to use when he gets those opportunities. They have a good rhythm right now, and when everyone else is available and we have the opportunity to get other guys in there, I think it will be a smooth transition with guys as they go.”

Pacheco is Kansas City’s tough-nosed runner. He plays like every snap could prove his last. He packs a punch McKinnon, Edwards-Helaire don’t have. He fights for extra yards in ways that they may not be able to. Although Pacheco is still young, his ability to pass protect and keep the ball in his hands will occasionally show. However, his vision and patience have improved over the course of the season. He is the Chiefs’ best pure runner right now, although it may not be close.

McKinnon, the senior statesman in the running back room at 30 years old, re-upped with team on a one year deal during the offseason. He had been a strong performer late last year. Similar trends are evident now with McKinnon scoring six touchdowns in the last four games. McKinnon is a great pass-blocking running back in the league. He’s also a dynamic receiving threat out the backfield and a danger as a runner. McKinnon may be the most beloved. CompleteThe Chiefs have a halfback. Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator, praised McKinnon this Week, referring to him in the lineup as an additional coach.

Bieniemy stated that Jerick has been very important. It’s always good for Pat (Mahomes), to look downfield to make a big play, and if nothing’s available, he can dump it off to Jerick. Jerick is doing a fantastic job as a receiver. But, he’s also doing a great deal in pass protection and picking up the blitzes when they come. He’s also doing a great job in the run-game. His leadership is another thing that isn’t often mentioned enough. These guys are blessed with his exceptional leadership skills. He’s like a coach, an additional coach on the field.

Kansas City has just a few weeks before it faces tougher opponents in the postseason. Kansas City must have the running game in its back pocket. Andy Reid-coached teams will always have a preference for passing, but that has been a blessing for the Chiefs more than a curse. The team isn’t going anywhere if Edwards-Helaire is back from injury. The Chiefs’ dynamic duo is gaining form just in time to play in the most important part.

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