2. A ring for Andy Reid
But beyond what a Super Bowl win would mean for his legacy, seeing Reid celebrate their AFC championship, praising his players, staff and Hunt family for their role in the win while also explaining what handing the Lamar Hunt Trophy to the Hunt family meant to him, how can you not root to see Reid to hoist a Lombardi Trophy in Miami? After watching the Chiefs’ AFC championship postgame celebration, and the outpouring of support for Reid, it’s easy to see why he may be the Super Bowl’s biggest sentimental favorite since John Elway ended his championship quest with a victory in Super Bowl XXXII.
Winning a title has a way of papering over failures. It worked that way for the Steelers’ Bill Cowher, who last week received news of his election to the Hall of Fame. The Jaw had four home AFC Championship Game losses on his ledger before finally breaking through with Ben Roethlisberger and winning Super Bowl XL.
Like Cowher with Roethlisberger, Reid finally has a quarterback good enough to put him over the top. Donovan McNabb at his peak was a good player for Reid in Philly, but Patrick Mahomes is transcendent. A win in Miami won’t just make Reid’s case for Canton air tight, it could also kick off a dynastic run in Kansas City.
“The biggest thing he said was, ‘Stay with the process and be who you are.’ He didn’t want me to change at all. He wanted me to go out there and take advantage of every single day. When you hear it from a guy like that, who’s had the success at the level that he’s had for his entire career, you know you’ve got to take advantage of every single day if you want to be great.”
The Deserved Better Tier
7 years with 49ers (38-36, 1-1 in playoffs)
5 years with Chiefs (50-26, 1-4 in playoffs)
In Kansas City under Andy Reid, Smith went from an underachiever to perhaps the best game manager in the league. He developed a reputation for protecting the football, and Reid got more good games out of Smith than he ever had with the 49ers. Unfortunately, Smith was never able to win more than a single playoff game with both teams.
Mahomes, in his third season, is positioned to become this season’s new pro football retail king when the final NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales list is released in April. That means football fans are scrambling to get apparel, hats and other merchandise with his name and number on it.
31. Zack Baun - Edge
School: Wisconsin | Year: Senior (RS) Baun can play on the edge or off the ball. His athletic ability and versatility would fit well in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Several of the Chiefs’ cornerbacks—Kendall Fuller, Morris Claiborne, Bashaud Breeland, etc.—will become free agents in the offseason. While he’s not the biggest corner (183 pounds), Gladney plays more physical than his weight and is exceptionally fast (4.34 40-yard time). Gladney has five career interceptions and 26 passes defended over the past two seasons at TCU.
Around the NFL
The first is to give the ball back to the opposition, which would start its drive at its 25-yard line. The new, second option for the scoring team would serve as a substitute for an onside kick. It would allow it to run one additional play from its own 25-yard line.
If the scoring team gains 15 or more yards, it would retain possession. If it falls short, the opposition would take over at the dead ball spot. Essentially, it will be a fourth-and-15 play.
2) TENNESSEE TITANS: I could see Rivers or Tom Brady heading to Tennessee this offseason. At this point in their respective careers, Rivers and Brady want to do one thing: hoist the Lombardi Trophy. (Obviously, Rivers is a bit more desperate on that front than his six-time champion counterpart.) If the Titans let Ryan Tannehill hit the market in March, they’ll have to fill a void. Rivers would be silly to not consider joining the Titans, who were on the cusp of a Super Bowl appearance this season. They have an enticing group of young receivers, and the hottest running back in the game (they HAVE to re-sign him, right?!). Plus, Mike Vrabel’s defense is as good as it’s ever been and should give next year’s offense plenty of opportunities.
“A lot of the folks that sit in the Black Hole in Oakland bought tickets in the south end zone at Allegiant,” Raiders president Marc Badain told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Whether that happens organically, we’ll see what happens.”
The Ravens were the best team in football for most of the season before going one-and-done in the playoffs. They won 14 games. They outscored their opposition by a league-high 249 points. They ranked first in DVOA by a wide margin. Their quarterback, Lamar Jackson, is going to capture MVP honors after his first full season as a starter. Most of their important pieces will be back in 2020. They didn’t lose any assistant coaches — most notably, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Don Martindale — during hiring season. The Ravens are going to run it back in 2020. That should terrify the rest of the NFL.
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The 49ers have announced that as the road team, they will wear their usual road uniforms — white jerseys over gold pants — while the Chiefs have not yet announced the home uniform they intend to use.
It is likely that the Chiefs will also choose to wear their usual home attire — red jerseys over white pants.
The Chiefs wore road uniforms — specifically their white-over-white attire — when they lost Super Bowl I to the Green Bay Packers after the 1966 season. So in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs are 0-1 in road duds, but 1-0 in home garb.
The 49ers have appeared in six Super Bowls, winning five of them. They are 2-0 while wearing road uniforms.
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