A magic smash… or wild disrespect? Chiefs Share Fans With “Spinning Huddle” In Raiders Victory
A touch of magic – or irreverence? The Chiefs divided fans with the “snow globe” tactic in the Raiders’ win as some praise coach Andy Reid’s “mad genius” but others want Kansas to be “humiliated” in the playoffs
Football fans were equally amused and impressed by the Chiefs spinning in a group ahead of a game against the Raiders on Saturday night.
It came late in the first half, with 1:02 still on the clock deep in Raiders territory in the second quarter of Saturday night’s Chiefs vs Raiders at Allegiant Stadium.
After a timeout by the Raiders, the Chiefs gathered in a circle in a huddle-and-span perimeter before eventually breaking away and setting up in a new formation.
Jerick McKinnon, who scored the first touchdown that night, took the snap and threw it to Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs had a spinning huddle before a game in Saturday’s 31-13 win over the Raiders
From there, quarterback Mahomes Kadarius found Toney for a touchdown, but agonizingly the game didn’t count due to a penalty.
The Chiefs weren’t undeniable for too long, with Toney hitting the end zone on the next play after an 11-yard run, extending the team’s lead to 21-3.
“Is the spinning group/formation supposed to keep the defense from figuring out where Mahomes is? So you’re surprised when McKinnon throws it and the guy with the ball in his hands is a passer? suggested a viewer.
But many others felt it was a disrespectful move by the team.
“This is wildly disrespectful,” said one fan, while another wrote, “The Raiders are a joke.”
In another take, a fan wrote, “I can’t wait for this team to be humiliated in the playoffs.”
However, there was praise for Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
One fan simply said, “Andy Reid is an insane genius,” and another wrote amusingly, “I’m trying to imagine this being discussed in Chiefs practice. Andy Reid: Have you ever played Ring for the Rosey Pocket full of Posey? Insult: say less.’
Speaking after the game, Mahomes revealed that it was actually created by the Chiefs players instead of Reid.
“So let’s call it a snow globe, we designed it just before Christmas and practiced playing around with it, but the trainer said, ‘I like that,'” Mahomes explained. “We put it on the schedule and it worked!”
We talked about it on the side – “Let’s see if we can create some confusion and throw something back”. It worked. We only had the holding penalty. We’ve got some good things going for the playoffs and whatever we’re running has to work.
Reid added, “You want (it’s supposed to be fun) but you also want to score. It’s not fun if you don’t.”
Mahomes later explained that the Chiefs players came up with the plan first, but Reid agreed
Saturday’s 31-13 win for the Chiefs was particularly poignant for Reid as it marked his 10-year anniversary as Chiefs coach.
Also, quarterback Mahomes set a new NFL record for most offensive yards all-time — 5,570 — beating the record held by Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints.
The Chiefs are 13-3 AFC West winners, and the win over the Raiders means Reid’s team has won five straight games before the postseason.
They have a bye in the playoffs after capping the first seed of the AFC with Saturday’s win.
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