7) Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
Reid has won consistently and has a large body of work, with the only true blemish on his record being the lack of a Super Bowl ring. The Chiefs head coach was able to shift Kansas City’s offense last season (with help from Matt Nagy), providing K.C. with both an effective ground game and vertical pass offense. Especially crucial when you factor in the sub-mediocre performance from the defense. Reid will have to change up the attack again with Patrick Mahomes taking over for a steady vet like Alex Smith.
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One of the most important players on the Seattle Seahawks and one of the best safeties in the league has unfortunately been forced to hang up the cleats. Kam Chancellor announced his retirement, or something close to it, on Sunday. It’s due to a neck injury he suffered during the 2017 season.
It’s “something close to it” because, as reported by Ian Rapoport, it’s not an official retirement but Chancellor will not be medically cleared going forward. This is important because it effectively means Chancellor is still due his $6.2 and $5.2 million salaries for 2018 and 2019, respectively.
NFL free agency hit a second wave this past week, but it didn’t involve any players.
Instead, it was the TV networks making a couple of surprise moves. NBC hired 20-year veteran referee Terry McAulay as its rules analyst for “Sunday Night Football” and Notre Dame broadcasts. And CBS hired Gene Steratore, who refereed the Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl in February, as its rules analyst for its Sunday NFL broadcasts as well as college basketball’s March Madness.
What should be expected of the first 32 picks of this spring’s draft?
On Sunday, four-time NBA MVP and three-time champion LeBron James reached an agreement to join the Los Angeles Lakers. The move affects not only the basketball world, but athletes all over the sports landscape as well. That includes the NFL, where numerous players and coaches reacted to the news.
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“[Reid] absolutely believed Mahomes had some Favre in his game,” a former Chiefs staff member told NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks. “We constantly heard the comparisons, especially his ability to improvise and extend plays. He raved about his gunslinger mentality and big arm, and how he could fit the ball into tight windows.
”Reid wasn’t bothered at all by the crazy throws that Mahomes would make into traffic. All of it reminded him of Favre.”
This is the second video this week of Hill working with former Nebraska Cornhuskers WR coach Keith Williams. On Wednesday, Williams posted Hill showcasing the video-game speed we’ve become accustomed to seeing at Arrowhead Stadium.
Yup. It’s late Friday afternoon in the thick of summer. Why not play with a never-going-to-happen-ever trade scenario?