You probably remember the hit that brought down Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster from week 10 Matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although not penalized at the time, tackler Andre Cisco was later fined by the NFL when Smith-Schuster left the game with a concussion.
Today, Jan. 19, Smith-Schuster addressed the Cisco situation for the first time since his injury and he has been very lenient when it comes to the Jaguars’ safety. “At the end of the day, I just play ball,” the Chiefs wideout replied, “I don’t think about the past. I think Cisco is a great player – he’s an aggressive guy, he plays hard, he has his big hits, and that just means I just have to play harder [in the future].”
Smith-Schuster later even confirmed that Cisco reached out to him after their collision. “He slipped my DMs in [direct messages]’ the charismatic WR joked with a smile. “He apologized and it’s all good, I said I appreciate it.” Smith-Schuster added that he knows Cisco’s game and that there was nothing malicious about the goal, repeating, “He’s playing hard, he’s a good player.”
Much like quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, Smith-Schuster won’t take this Jaguars team lightly after his surprising run in the divisional round in recent months.
“They’re talking about an aggressive defense — they’re playing hard, they’re attacking the ball,” said the Chiefs playmaker. “You’re playing against them [Los Angeles] Chargers, you could see, they won’t give up. They have a strong offense just like us, so it will be nice. It’s going to be a good game. I would say gladiator football.”
He later added that he views the Jaguars the same way many (including him) view the San Francisco 49ers.
“Another team that’s a very, very successful team — a really good team — and now both teams are playoff teams,” he explained. “Jacksonville is a playoff team, they’re going to come in here with a lot of energy and give us their best game.”
The Chiefs beat the Jags and Niners pretty well in weeks 7 and 10 of the 2022 regular season, but as Smith-Schuster noted, both are playing some of their best football now in the playoffs. Sorry Jacksonville fans, with head coach Andy Reid at the helm, KC is unlikely to be overlooking an opponent anytime soon.
Prepare for the best of Arrowhead on Saturday afternoon.