Texans’ Bill O’Brien speaks out on challenges of stopping Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill
Ahead of Sunday’s crucial showdown, Bill O’Brien spoke about the challenges of stopping Kelce and Hill.
#Texans HC Bill O’Brien to me on #Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill: “Kelce, he’s not exactly like Gronk, but he has that type of effect on a game…Tyreek Hill, to me, he’s probably the most dynamic skill player in the league when it comes to speed and playing strength.’’
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 12, 2020
When watching Kansas City’s high-flying offense, Andy Reid continuously finds ways to get the ball to Kelce and Hill. It also doesn’t hurt to have the reigning MVP, Patrick Mahomes, throwing them the ball. The Texans have to find a counter.
While Kelce isn’t the same player Rob Gronkowski was, defensive coordinators game-plan against him in a similar way. At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Kelce is too big for a safety or cornerback to match up with him. In addition, he’s too quick for a linebacker to cover him. The Texans have to find answers.
Over the past four seasons, Travis Kelce has averaged 92 receptions for 1,182 yards and nearly seven touchdowns per season. The Chiefs’ dangerous tight end creates so many mismatches on the field each and every week.
At the same time, the Texans have to worry about keeping Hill contained. That is easier said than done when the big-play wide receiver can run past defenders in the blink of an eye.
If Hill didn’t miss four games in 2019, he likely would’ve had his third straight season of contributing 75 receptions, 1,000 yards, and seven touchdowns. Pound-for-pound, Hill could easily be the most dynamic offense in the entire league. The Texans know this.
After getting an extra week to prepare, the Chiefs’ offense will look to continue where they left off in the regular season. On the other hand, the Texans undoubtedly spent all week trying to configure ways to contain Kelce and Hill.
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