Arrowhead Pride Roundtable
It’s difficult to write about Mahomes without sounding hyperbolic, so why fight it? He appears to expand the possibilities at the position. Mahomes’ ability opens up new options for Andy Reid’s play calls and creates different, dazzling routes Mahomes takes to execute them.
AFC West champs
UNANIMOUS PICK: Kansas City Chiefs (20 votes: Battista, Bergman, Brandt, Bush, Carr, Casserly, Chadiha, Frelund, Hanzus, Harrison, Jeremiah, Jones, Jones-Drew, Rank, Schein, Sessler, Shook, Teope, Trotter, Wayne)
Why Dan Hanzus chose the Chiefs: It has all come together for the Chiefs, who bet big on Patrick Mahomes and hit blackjack. Last year we saw a mid-year swoon for Kansas City’s dynamic offense. Don’t expect that to happen again.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt once ran for seven touchdowns while playing for Willoughby South High School in a game against Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio.
But Mahomes and Mayfield, two of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks, aren’t from Alaska. They’re from Texas, which makes them part of the small army of NFL quarterbacks from the Lone Star State.
Forbes reported that Mahomes merchandise was the top seller in the NFL in the month of October. That’s according to Fanatics, which operates NFLShop.com and the Chiefs’ official online store. For the season, Mahomes gear is No. 2 behind Bears defensive lineman Khalil Mack.
Around the league
If you look at the totality of the NFL coaching ranks, it’s getting better. The league’s started to weed out dinosaurs who depress the product. However, this is not an institution that enthusiastically embraces change. Two steps forward, one step back. And this week has has been a banner week for head coach hubris, including two of the NFL’s most ossified skippers.
“We want all of our players to see growth, from everything to the line to the receivers to the backs and of course the quarterback,” Kitchens said. “The quarterback’s learning curve and the pictures in his head has to increase.”
Jack Patera, the first head coach in the history of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, died Wednesday, the team said. He was 85.
In an interview with Fox Sports that will air Thursday night before Oakland’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Gruden tells former Raiders great Howie Long that players around the league have expressed their desire to play for him in 2019. Fox Sports released a preview of the interview Thursday morning.
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Ford had an outstanding October, tallying 6.0 sacks, 16 tackles (13 solo), 10 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and one pass defensed.
Mahomes was asked about Mayfield’s comment and whether or not he was “glad” he didn’t have to deal with all the pressures of being the No. 1 pick on Wednesday.
“I don’t want to say I’m glad,” Mahomes said. “I mean, I’m glad I’m here. For sure. You want to be the number one draft pick. You want to be that guy. I think they got a good guy in Myles Garrett. He’s pretty talented I would say from watching film. It’s awesome for him to say that, but I know now that we are both happy with the situations we’re in.”
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