The Kansas City Chiefs suffered their first season-opening loss during the Patrick Mahomes era.
Their 21-20 loss to the Detroit Lions snaps their eight-game Week 1 winning streak.
They had the opportunity to escape with a victory but couldn’t capitalize on their chances.
The absences of Chris Jones and Travis Kelce did not help matters.
While several storylines have surfaced during and after the game, offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor got the most attention.
He is battling a perception of getting an early jump on opposing pass rushers.
But in a video shared by KSHB 41’s sports anchor Aaron Ladd, Taylor sees nothing wrong with his positioning and tendencies within the formation.
“To the eye, it may look like a false start, but if you slow it down on film…I’m just getting out my stance with urgency”
#Chiefs Jawaan Taylor on his week one controversy: "To the eye, it may look like a false start, but if you slow it down on film…I'm just getting out my stance with urgency" @KSHB41 pic.twitter.com/KOTqTKjztC
— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladdtv) September 14, 2023
Based on replays, an argument can be made that Taylor might move a split-second early.
While naysayers may have a point, the veteran incurred only one false start penalty all game long.
Still, the Chiefs’ offensive line has room for improvement from the Lions game.
They must do better in protecting Patrick Mahomes, especially after seeing what happened to Aaron Rodgers.
Meanwhile, the debate on whether Taylor is illegally lined up will still be a topic of discussion.
But now that it has gained mainstream attention, game officials will most likely be watching a little closer.
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