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Is there footage of the Frank Clark interception that occurred after the CBS broadcast went out?
You’re not the only one who has been wondering, Donavin — so thanks for asking!
A couple of videos have turned up on Twitter.
The Frank Clark interception you didn’t get to see. pic.twitter.com/VGiFeLCbEo— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) September 10, 2019
You asked for it, #ChiefsKingdom— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 10, 2019
You got it: @TheRealFrankC_'s interception pic.twitter.com/B08rQ7lQO1
This proves not only that the interception really took place (video or it didn’t happen!) but also that even when the broadcast production truck lost power, the signals from least a few cameras were still being recorded — particularly the ones that are used for All-22 game film. That appears to be the source for the video 41 Action News’ Nick Jacobs shared. The video shared by the Chiefs likely came from a camera crew on the sideline — or perhaps one of the cameras operated by TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.
But that doesn’t mean the video from all of the dozens of cameras used for NFL game coverage was saved for posterity. Even if all that video existed, it’s unlikely that it would ever see the light of day.
How good is the Jacksonville Jaguars backup quarterback really?
After providing such a fine public service by asking about video of the Clark interception, Donavin gets a follow-up question.
One of the narratives that has emerged from Week 1 game against the Jaguars goes something like this: “The Chiefs defense is still terrible. A sixth-round rookie quarterback from a second-tier PAC-12 school lit them up!”
Maybe that’s exactly what happened.
Or maybe... Gardner Minshew will be the next NFL player to prove that elite quarterbacks can be found anywhere in the draft — or even outside of it. Just like the most famous of these — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — he was unexpectedly thrust into an opportunity to prove himself only because of a long-term injury to an established veteran. Who knows where it will lead?
For what it’s worth, I thought Minshew played extremely well. He showed intelligence, poise and skill. Based on what I saw, I’m not prepared to say that his success was based solely on a bad defense.
But neither am I prepared to say that the defense looked bad just because they were facing a future Hall of Fame quarterback. That’s just silly.
It really reminds me of the 2013 playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Many Chiefs fans never got over the “defensive meltdown” of the second half — and to be sure, the Chiefs defense could have (and should have) played better. But Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton were on the other team. In my opinion, it’s just dumb to think they didn’t have anything to do with what happened.
It was the first game of the season, folks. Let’s not let narratives get in the way — at least not yet.
On a scale of 1-10, how worried should we be about Antonio Brown playing for the Patriots?
Appreciate the question, Hannah.
I’m going to go with five.
Is it possible that with Brady throwing him the ball, Brown is headed for an MVP season? You bet it is. Make no mistake: the man has talent to burn. He could definitely be a major problem for every defense the Patriots face in 2019 — including the Chiefs.
But it’s also possible that even in the New England organization, Brown will revert to form — creating locker room problems even Bill Belichick can’t solve. Or the lawsuit filed against him on Tuesday will turn out to be a distraction that negatively impacts his game — or even worse (for him), eventually results in his suspension. Or like any other player, he could end up being injured.
We know that Belichick has a long history of making troubled players productive on his team. But Brown’s behavior on both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders reached new levels of weird and disruptive. Still, even if Brown were merely a garden-variety locker-room cancer, just because Belichick has been able to manage such players before doesn’t necessarily mean he will be able to do it with Brown.
In short... I think it’s OK to be worried about Brown’s presence on the Patriots. But before we go into panic mode, let’s just see how it plays out.
Is Patrick Mahomes even human?
Thanks for asking, Eddie.
I understand where your question comes from. Mahomes’ abilities do indeed seem otherworldly.
It’s entirely possible he’s just like former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway — whom I was long convinced was a space alien sent to Earth only to amuse the beings from his home galaxy, who spent their Sunday afternoons chortling with glee as they watched Rimplat Geenob (Elway’s alien name) make fools of mere Earthlings on the primitive TV signals they picked up from the satellite trucks circling each NFL stadium.
But now, of course, we know that Elway is human. If he was truly a space alien, wouldn’t he be able to manage an NFL team competently?
And now we know that Mahomes is human, too. He can be injured — and rendered less effective — at least for a portion of a game. But as Arrowhead Analytics pointed out in his excellent FanPost — which you should really take the time to read — even a hobbled Mahomes is still a cut above the rest of the NFL’s quarterbacks.
Let’s hope we don’t see that happen very often.