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With Bob Sutton gone, Chiefs’ Andy Reid now faces biggest hire of his career | Yahoo! Sports

It’s a looming hire that could be the difference between Reid holding the Lombardi Trophy (and eventually earning a shiny, smiling bronze bust), and him retiring in the coming years as one of the greatest head coaches to never win a title.

Ex-NFL Ref Shuts Down Andy Reid’s Complaint About AFC Title Offsides Call | NESN

Not if you ask former NFL referee and Supervisor of Officials Jim Daopoulos, who went on NBC Sports Boston’s “Quick Slants” on Monday and explained why Reid doesn’t have a leg to stand on.

“In the first quarter or the first couple of minutes of the game if the defensive end is lined up offsides, absolutely, they’ll give him a warning,” Daopoulos said. “But at that point in the game, late in the game, absolutely not. You know, you just can’t warn these guys every time because they’re going to encroach it whenever they can. So early on, yes. At that point, absolutely not.”

Eric Fisher: Hopefully Chiefs ‘complete it next year’ | NFL

“Right now, it’s just digesting that we got so close, but we didn’t make it,” Fisher told NFL.com Wednesday. “I think right now the message is get away from the game for a second. I mean, if you hold on to this for too long, I don’t know, you got to restart somewhere, but obviously learn from it.”

Everything Is Looking up for Patrick Mahomes | Sports Illustrated

You could argue that Mahomes’s next bad game will be his first.

“I think we all expect it every week now,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said after the divisional round victory. “I mentioned earlier in the year, that first couple of games, we thought, is this an outlier? Is it going to last? But he literally has done it every week.”

Everything is in front of young Mahomes, and the league is better for it.

The Chiefs will be back next year | SB Nation

With all that being said, the future is bright in Kansas City. A young quarterback on a rookie contract with all the offensive weapons back. A new defensive coordinator will fire up that unit. Look for the Chiefs to be back in this game next season.

The 100 QBs, coaches, issues and decision-makers shaping the NFL | ESPN

QUARTERBACKS

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

PLAYMAKERS

53. Dee Ford, LB, Kansas City Chiefs

COACHES

76. Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

84. Eric Bieniemy, Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator

Did refs blow the punt call against Chiefs in AFC Championship? Jerry Jones thinks so | Kansas City Star

“The call on the punt, whether he touched it — you can never get it right, because it was called on the field as a touch and then later, you couldn’t see an angle that he definitely touched it,” Jones said. “But the rule says you’re supposed to go with the call on the field if you can’t see an angle that he didn’t touch it. I don’t know if you can get everything [right].”

Get Ready For Record NFL Ratings | Forbes

The ratings for the divisional playoff games were also up as well. The Colts-Chiefs game garnered over 29 million viewers, which was the most for an early game in three years.

The ratings for the Conference Championship games this past weekend were significant, however, the NFC Championship had the lowest rating for the early window since 2013, as it drew a 27.1 overnight rating with around 31.2 million viewers. The AFC Championship between the Chiefs and the Patriots drew massive ratings with CBS Sports citing a 31.2 rating with around 36 million viewers.

Around the league

Saints CB P.J. Williams arrested on DWI charge | NFL

According to a report from the NOPD, Williams was “arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for driving while intoxicated, speeding (80 mph in a 50 mph), improper lane usage and failure to use a turn signal.”

Larry Fitzgerald to return to Cardinals for 16th NFL season, gets new one-year contract | CBS Sports

Larry Fitzgerald is 35 years old, but he feels like he has more left in the tank. The 15-year NFL veteran is returning for a 16th season, the team announced Wednesday, and he’ll be playing on a new one-year contract under new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and with second-year quarterback Josh Rosen.

Ahead of NFL draft, first-round prospect Rashan Gary starts own sports agency | Yahoo! Sports

Months away from the draft, Gary has started his own agency. It’s called Rashan Gary Sports. He is the CEO of the five-person organization, which also includes Gary’s mother and Ian Clarke, a certified agent. Gary told The Associated Press that Clarke will be the one who negotiates Gary’s contract once he is drafted, but the vision for the agency is Gary’s.

Jets hire Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator | NFL

Two weeks after the New York Jets hired Adam Gase, the head coach has secured his offensive coordinator.

New York announced on Wednesday the official hiring of former Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains as the Jets OC/quarterbacks coach.

Five Players Who Could Be Traded During Super Bowl Week | Sports Illustrated

4. Jalen RamseyThe Jaguars have already shut this down, and I’m inclined to believe them. Their efforts to mend relationships with Leonard Fournette and retain their staff show that they believe they’re a quarterback away from competing in the AFC South, and I think that, barring a mass exodus of veteran talent this offseason, I agree with that assessment. However, things change. And if they do, rebuilding with the help of a generous return of picks you’d get from an in-prime cornerback is not a bad way to go.

NFL’s biggest change in 2019 likely won’t be on the field, oncoming gambling wave will change how football’s consumed | CBS Sports

By the start of the 2019 season the way football is consumed could be radically different that anything we have come to know, with point spread and over/unders becoming a normal part of the mainstream football parlance. Your viewing experience at home may be filled with commercials from any number of national and international betting houses, in the way that Fan Duel and Draft Kings once dominated football advertising. It may be impossible to escape the oncoming gambling wave.

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Report: Steve Spagnuolo has emerged as favorite for Chiefs defensive coordinator

Less than 24 hours after the Kansas City Chiefs relieved Bob Sutton of his defensive coordinator duties, a favorite to replace him has emerged.

It’s former New York Giants defensive coordinator and head coach Steve Spagnuolo, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Day one recap from down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile

Day 1 of the Senior Bowl is about as jam packed as you can. Here were some tidbits from the weigh-ins, media sessions, practices and more.

Chiefs sign nine players to reserve/future contracts

These names are familiar to us, of course. All have been on the Chiefs practice squad — along with former Indianapolis Colts safety Chris Cooper, who was signed to the practice squad on January 8.

The game should stay the same in postseason overtime

And finally... there’s an idea I can get behind. In the postseason — when the loser has to go home for good — they should play the same game they started 60 minutes ago.

Flip a coin. The team that wins the toss can choose to kick off or receive — and under this setup, they might choose to do either. Each team gets two timeouts. A full 15-minute period is played under normal rules, with normal two-minute rules at the end of the period. If one team is ahead at the end, the game is over.

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