Travis Kelce Speaks Out About Shoving Chiefs’ Offensive Coordinator For Jawing At Him Over Dropped Passes
Do not pick Travis Kelce’s fumbling scab from a wound he suffered in his first full year in the league, when he coughed the ball up four times.
Five years later, he’s still attempting to shed that insecurity, evident in the way he handled Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy during the first half of the team’s 19-13 loss to the Colts.
During a heated sideline discussion following a Kelce overturned fumble call, Bieniemy implored Kelce to hold onto the ball. The Chiefs tight end did not appreciate this constructive criticism.
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Kelce’s frustration was likely fueled by his poor performance–finishing the game with two drops and posting a season-low 70 yards receiving in a loss to the extremely beatable Colts.
The Pro Bowl tight end spoke about the incident on Wednesday, saying he immediately regretted how he handled Bieniemy’s tough love.
“We’re good,” Kelce said Wednesday. “Me and Coach Bieniemy have a very close relationship. I love him. He’s helped me out tremendously as a person, as a professional and I’m sure he’ll keep doing that throughout the rest of my career. … I love the guy. That will never change. I appreciate him being on my tail to get me going.
“As far as what happened on the sideline, sometimes in football you get a little heated with your brothers or your coaches.”
“He’s like a father figure, in terms of being there for me on the field,” Kelce said. “We’re wired a little bit the same when it comes to our competitive edge. … It’s something immediately I regretted and I just wanted to make it good and let him know that, ‘You know what? I’m ready to rock and roll for you.'”
I guess it could have been worse. Like Alabama’s Mekhi Brown who punched a Georgia player in the face during the National Championship before attacking an Alabama assistant coach on the sideline. Turns out, this kind of shit can get you transferred to Tennessee State.