So they’ve been through some stuff before, and come out on the other side. Not where they wanted to come out, which is the Super Bowl, but still. They know they can get through some setbacks with him.
Right now, the coaches can view this in a vacuum, like it’s no decision at all, and I do think they want it to be that way. It’s better for everyone if it is that way.
But I get the feeling that Mahomes has a lot of support in the locker room. Maybe it’s just athlete stuff, guys being attracted to the spectacular, but if they’re forced away from Smith by injury I no longer worry that Mahomes would be overwhelmed.
As for Bray, the touchdown — a bullet over the middle — was well-timed reminder of the talent that has kept him in Kansas City as a reserve quarterback since 2013. Bray, 25, has yet to take a regular-season NFL snap, but the Chiefs have kept him around in an effort to groom his special arm talent into a potential contributor down the road. He’d had a tough week, especially after losing his No. 2 job (for the time being, at least) to another strong-armed rookie, Patrick Mahomes, but it was important for Bray to bounce back, and he did so with the touchdown throw.
Ehinger didn’t see it, but he felt it. He had torn two knee ligaments and a meniscus. He was done for the season and with a recovery period believed to be 10-12 months, perhaps out for some if not all of 2017.
But on Monday, Ehinger was removed from the physically unable to perform list and took part in light workouts.
“Yeah, well I don’t think — I think it would be pretty irresponsible as a coaching staff to not watch the team in the opening game and then show up for the first week and then tell your team, ‘Oh my God, look, here is something they’re doing, and this is going to be a huge problem where we’ve never even talked about it before.’ I mean, now look, if they surprise you with something, they surprise you with something.
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The former Chiefs star put on a hard rush to help a woman in her minivan caught in rising water. The former defensive end who made his life in the trenches said he wasn`t going to let waist-high water stop him from getting to that stranded driver.
RBs CJ Spiller AND Kareem Hunt: The running game showed up this week, right on schedule. Hunt had some huge runs and catches, showing his ability in all facets of the offense. Spiller displayed the speed he’s known for making plays up the middle, on the edge, and catching the football. Both guys could help rejuvenate the Chiefs running game this year as complements to Spencer Ware.
“I think Pat is much better at that, way more fluid at that, being able to handle the coaching,’’ Smith said. “Once the whistle blows out there, you want to get back to just playing quarterback, right? There are a lot of things that he does instinctively and has done that have gotten him here. You don’t want to lose that even though you are getting coached on a gazillion different things. You just want to get back to playing ball. I think he does a great job of that naturally, just cutting that loose, taking the coaching, but once it’s time to play, just go play.’’
“Ramik Wilson, I think, has stepped it up a notch even from last year,” Reid said. “He had good experience last year and I like what we’ve seen. You asked about the diagnosing of plays, and being able to do that as a linebacker becomes very important, along with having good instincts. He’s shown that he has both of those.”