I will go ahead and sub in, according to position, some of the younger players. Patrick (Mahomes) will go at the quarterback spot. There’s going to be some rotations going on and so on. I think that’s probably your primary concern, so that’s what’s going on.
Folks, we didn’t go through years of Peyton Manning domination in Denver not to appreciate the world of suck the Broncos are now in. It’s glorious! Paxton Lynch looks like, seriously, the worst first round quarterback in recent memory. He was beaten out by something named Trevor Siemian. The Broncos new head coach may not even make it a calendar year. Things are bad! Or, if you’re in Kansas City, they’re great.
The most likely opponent for the Chiefs is the Baltimore Ravens. Out of 30 possible scenarios, 21 of them have the Ravens traveling to Arrowhead for the Wild Card round. Six scenarios have the Tennessee Titans and three would result in the Buffalo Bills returning to Kansas City.
That will pit him against the Broncos former first-round quarterback in Paxton Lynch who will be making his fifth start in the NFL in Week 17. Much like Mahomes, Lynch entered the league as a boom/bust prospect. Unfortunately, he is trending more towards bust than boom at this point in his NFL career.
"The biggest thing for me is just to expect to go out there and win in any way possible ... if that's 300 yards [passing] or 100 yards or whatever it is," Mahomes said Wednesday. "Whatever it takes to get a win is the biggest thing."
There will likely be others who will start or play in place of rested starters but Ehinger and Mahomes are the only two confirmed so far. Coach Andy Reid said he’ll address the status of guys like running back Kareem Hunt and receiver Tyreek Hill later this week.
1. Todd Gurley: 1,302 yards
2. Kareem Hunt: 1,292 yards
3. Le’Veon Bell: 1,291 yards
“Every snap that he gets is a valuable snap for him whenever he has that chance of getting in there,” Reid told reporters during his Wednesday press conference. “It’s invaluable and fortunately, we’re in a situation we can do that.”
On Tuesday morning, Patrick Mahomes was sitting in the Chiefs’ quarterbacks room with Alex Smith and Tyler Bray, watching film and following the typical preparation ritual when coach Andy Reid revealed some big news.
Mahomes would be making his first career start on Sunday against Denver.
Paxton Lynch will need every possible weapon on the field, but with the Chiefs resting starters and the Broncos season essentially over, it would be wise to hold any guy back that isn’t fully ready to compete on the field.
September 20, 1987.
On that day - the second Sunday of the NFL season - the Chiefs lost to the Seahawks 44-13, dropping them to 1-1 on the young season. It's doubtful anyone watching the game recognized how significant that day would be in Chiefs history. Even now, I'd bet you're wondering about its significance.
But on that day, Todd Blackledge started his last game as a Kansas City Chief, thereby making this long-forgotten contest the last time the Chiefs started a quarterback they had drafted in the first round.
“It does come out of our paycheck, because they have to go order a new jersey for the next game, but I don’t mind it,” Ragland said. “It’s all about the memories for me.”
The Kansas City Chiefs have had some bad times over the years. Older Chiefs fans will certainly remember the bad days of the 80’s and late 70’s. However, I don’t know that you will find anyone who would argue that 2012 wasn’t the absolute worst year in team history. ESPN doesn’t always get things right, but they nailed this one.