Alex Smith has made the most of his opportunities against the AFC East. In his career, Smith is 7-1 in the regular season against the Patriots (2-0), Jets (3-1) and Dolphins (2-0). He's thrown 18 touchdowns and no interceptions against the three teams. Smith does has one playoff loss to New England, but he's been very good against Buffalo's AFC East foes.
“The hype only gets bigger from here, but we just got to stay focused on what we need to do and stay with the things that have been working this season,” he added. “We’re trying to go out there and continue to do what we’ve done and try to go beat the best football team we’ve played.”
I’ll say this: he’ll come back even better than he left. He’ll see more, because he’s had a lot of free time to evaluate more, and I don’t know anybody that’s studied the game any more than Jon has since he left. I think he’ll be a better head football coach. I think he’ll see the big picture better. I think he’ll recognize where his weaknesses and strengths were when he was doing it. He’ll recognize what he has to do to surround himself with people that can help him be as good as he has the ability to be. I think he’ll be a better leader. I don’t think there are any negatives in Jon going back.
Another young player that made the most of his brief opportunity was rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who started under center for Kansas City in Week 17. Mahomes threw for 284 yards in the contest – the most in franchise history by a rookie making his NFL debut.
Just like that, the two AFC teams Elo thought had the best chance of beating the Pats going into the playoffs — the Chiefs and the Steelers — were gone, and in their place were a below-average team and another that doesn’t rate much higher. According to Elo, New England is a 10-point favorite to beat Jacksonville, with an 81 percent chance of winning the Lamar Hunt Trophy yet again.
“Hey, Kansas City was in the exact same position last week-,” McDaniels said.
“YEAH!,” Tom Brady interjected.
“Kansas City was in the exact same position, we just got to put our foot on the gas,” McDaniels continued.
58 percent of the respondents said they would be happy with Alex Smith as their starter in 2018. 70 percent of the respondents said they would be happy if Patrick Mahomes was their starter in 2018.
Looking at the results, there are two things people really covet when it comes to a QB: the hope of youth, and consistent performers. The Chiefs, after years of QB problems, somehow have both going for them in 2018 as of now.
"He's way ahead of his time in how he sees the game, his football IQ and just his overall intelligence," Kiffin said. "He's been around the game with his dad being a coach, a lot like I was when I was growing up, and has a bright future."
That didn’t stop Veach from going out and making a few trades before the season started. He traded for two inside linebackers, Reggie Ragland and Kevin Pierre-Louis along with offensive guard Cameron Erving. A few weeks later, he grabbed a rookie kicker off of another team’s practice squad to replace a steady but injured veteran.
Colquitt is 35 years old and the Chiefs are up against the cap (as it seems they are every year lately) which is why this is even a question. Colquitt is still very good and the Chiefs probably want him back. That they haven’t made any noise about losing Colquitt or made any moves to replace him makes me think they’re likely to keep him.