Mathieu, Clark become great investments


January 17, 2020 - 5:15 PM

Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates after stopping the Chicago Bears on fourth and goal in the third quarter on Dec. 22. BRIAN CASSELLA/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyrann Mathieu and Frank Clark were watching the AFC championship game on television a year ago, their teams knocked out of the playoffs, never thinking for a moment what the following 12 months might bring them.

Or more accurately, where it might bring them.

But after the Chiefs watched their defense fold in overtime against the Patriots, costing them a chance to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in nearly five decades, coach Andy Reid embarked on a massive overhaul of the unit. He replaced longtime coordinator Bob Sutton with Steve Spagnuolo, jettisoned aging and unproductive players, then asked general manager Brett Veach to bring in some legitimate playmakers to better fit their new scheme.

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