Asked if he thought they would score had they received the ball first, Mahomes said, “No doubt at all. That’s just ifs and buts. You can’t look at that. But at the same time, I feel like we were rolling. It didn’t go our way and then stuff happens.”
Added Chiefs lineman Cam Erving: “I feel like we would’ve won, but that’s one for the imagination right now.”
Season grade: Above average. The Chiefs won their third straight AFC West championship, controlling the division race from start to finish. They even earned the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed and won a divisional round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who was the second player in NFL history to throw 50 touchdown passes and for more than 5,000 yards, had a dynamic debut season. But the team has not reached the Super Bowl in 49 years.
“... They said I was in the neutral zone. I’ve got to see the ball,” Ford said after the Chiefs’ overtime loss. “I’ve got to see the ball. Especially at that time in that game and what was at stake, I’ve got to see that ball.”
The 41-year-old New England veteran quarterback approached the Kansas City locker room following the game Sunday and asked a security guard if he could visit with Mahomes, according to a report from ESPN. The pair went into a private room and spoke briefly, the report says.
While the Chiefs haven’t missed a beat since he was cut for lying to them about the Ohio incident -- Damien Williams has averaged 5.1 yards per rush -- Hunt has gone through counseling for anger and alcohol issues.
Earlier this week, Bears coach Matt Nagy, who was Hunt’s offensive coordinator in Kansas City, said he has spoken to Hunt on a personal level and did not rule out signing him for a second chance. There seem to be other teams in that category, and it’s likely Hunt will get that final opportunity.
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“Oh, hell yeah,” Robey-Coleman said, via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. “That was P.I.”
Robey-Coleman drilled Saints wideout Tommylee Lewis in the head (he didn’t call himself for helmet-to-helmet on a defenseless receiver, but he could have), and a penalty would have allowed the Saints to burn the clock and kick a game-winning field goal.
With the overnight success of its head coach and Goff still working on his rookie contract, the Rams organization seized an opportunity to double down on its immediate future this past offseasonn. Donald and the defending NFL Offensive Player of the Year in Gurley, along with Goff -- who made seven winless starts as a rookie before he helped the team to an 11-win season -- the Rams became active on the trade market and in free agency.
The bottom line is that the NFL has the technology, capacity and now the urgent incentive to add pass interference to replay. The point would not be to re-judge close calls in slow motion. It would be to avoid precisely the debacle the NFL encountered Sunday.
In the wake of their playoff exit, the Eagles compensated Foles for his near-miss of a signing bonus during the regular season. The backup quarterback had an incentive in his contract with Philly, one of many, that rewarded him $1 million if he played 33 percent of snaps. Filling in for the injured Carson Wentz, Foles fell just four snaps short of reaching 33 percent after leaving the Eagles’ Week 17 blowout win early.
This time it’s safety Morgan Burnett, who told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that he wishes to be released from his deal before free agency begins in mid-March.
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The Kansas City Chiefs played their worst football in the season in the first half, trailing 14-0 at halftime. But in the second half, they came back strong and tied the game 31-31 with just 11 seconds remaining to force overtime, and ultimately fell to the New England Patriots37-31, ending their season and sending the Patriots to Super Bowl LIII to face the Los Angeles Rams.
Schefter says that league sources tell him the Chiefs intend to renegotiate Mahomes’ contract as soon as it is eligible, which would be after the 2019 season.
Appearing on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Weekend on Sunday morning, Ian Rapoport said that the Kansas City Chiefs have three priorities in offseason contract situations: wide receiver Tyreek Hill, defensive lineman Chris Jones and linebacker Dee Ford.
Rapoport said that the Chiefs will seek to extend the rookie contracts of Hill and Jones, and that putting the franchise tag on Dee Ford is “on the table.”
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