It’s time to put in writing what everyone has been thinking for some time. People in the industry have been tiptoeing around this declaration for a while, saying things like “Patrick Mahomes is on pace to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time,” or “Mahomes has entered the pantheon of greatness.”
But it’s time to stop hedging. It’s time to stop using qualifiers or conditionals. It’s time to acknowledge the inevitable, the undeniable. Sure, Mahomes is not the greatest football player of all time yet; that player is still active, and Mahomes will face him this Sunday in Tampa. And something could go terribly wrong that derails Mahomes from his track—believe me, I often fret over this possibility. But God and health willing, he is poised to become the GOAT. Much like with Jordan at the turn of the ’90s, we are watching an athlete vie for GOAT status before he has even reached his prime.
5) Jared Allen, defensive end (Kansas City Chiefs, 2004-07; Minnesota Vikings, 2008-2013; Chicago Bears, 2014-15; Carolina Panthers, 2015): I know a lot of you kids might not have seen Allen play. You might best recognize him from that meme-able moment when Dan Orlovsky ran out of his own end zone; Allen was the defensive player pointing and laughing. But Allen was one of the best defensive ends of his era. He was a four-time first-team All-Pro. He led the NFL in sacks twice. And he’s tied for the NFL record with four safeties. I know there are going to be voters who don’t want to put him in on the first ballot. But he belongs in the Hall of Fame. He’s a first-ballot guy in my eyes. One of the best to ever do it.
9 - Travis Kelce
Kansas City Chiefs · TE
With the Raiders forcing Mahomes out of the pocket all night, Travis Kelce did a good job of breaking off his routes to get open for his quarterback when the situation called for it. That’s a huge way to build trust with your QB. Another way is to catch the game-winning touchdown.
The Chiefs paid big money to Jones and Clark — on average $20 million per year through 2023 for Jones and $20.8 million through 2023 for Clark — to lead their pass rush in games such as Sunday’s in Las Vegas, but they aren’t always getting results. They are 21st in sacks per opponent dropbacks, at 5%, though they are leading the NFL in pass-rush pressure, which they are getting on almost 40% of the opponent’s dropbacks. So while the Chiefs are frequently affecting the opposing quarterback, getting him off his spot or rushing a throw, they aren’t as often creating the negative-yardage plays that can get the opposing offense off the field quicker.
Carr finished Sunday’s game completing 74% of his passes with a passer rating of 119.7.
“Would we like to be finishing with more sacks to create negative plays and get us off the field?” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo asked. “Absolutely. But I think if we can continue to affect the quarterback, I think that works in our favor. Hope those will come, the sacks.”
Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes
Chiefs fans have so much to be thankful for after their first Super Bowl in 50 years, and Mahomes leads the way. The superstar quarterback won MVP in his first year as a starter in 2018, won Super Bowl MVP last year, and is a top candidate to win league MVP again this year with his team also favored to win the Super Bowl. Having offensive mastermind Andy Reid and star receivers Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce doesn’t hurt, either.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Alijah Vera-Tucker OL
The Chiefs have very few holes on offense but Kelechi Osemele is an unrestricted free agent after the season and Andrew Wylie will be a restricted free agent. Vera-Tucker, who is playing tackle this season for USC, excelled inside at guard the previous two seasons.
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, who made headlines in 2018 for eating steak with ketchup, revealed Monday during an appearance on KCSP 610 Sports Radio that he also puts the condiment on his Thanksgiving turkey and ham.
“Yeah, dude, I mean come on,” Mahomes said. “You got to put ketchup on that, turkey and ham.”
When asked if he was joking, Mahomes replied, “Come on, you know me better than that.”
Around the NFL
K.J. Wright (Seahawks)
B.J. Goodson (Browns)
Neville Hewitt (Jets)
Unless you’re a contender in dire need of an impact starter and you have the cash for David, or unless you’re willing to bet on Wilson’s continued emergence, this is a group worth staying away from. Lots of replacement-level veterans who don’t offer a ton of juice.
On Tuesday, the Ravens canceled practice after learning of more positive coronavirus tests Tuesday morning, according to a source. The team has had five players and four staffers test positive this week, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
On Monday, the team announced that two players — running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram — tested positive for COVID-19. All team activities are now virtual.
In addition, defensive tackle Brandon Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a close contact.
An NFL spokesman said Tuesday there is no change to the status of Thursday night’s game.
“We will continue to monitor developments in consultation with our medical experts,” the spokesman said. “Our foremost concern is the health and safety of players, coaches and game-day personnel.”
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead indicated on social media Tuesday that his season is over after he suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans.
“Appreciate the support and all that have reached out the past couple of days. Look forward to attacking the process and coming back better than ever in 2021,” he wrote on Instagram.
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
1:43 — first-and-10
1:43 - 1st and 10— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) November 23, 2020
Drive starter. Simple sticks with even spacing by wide receivers, Kelce and Williams late to the flats. Easy completion to start to the drive against Tampa 2.
Subtle little movement left by Mahomes before coming back to Hill in the middle of the field. pic.twitter.com/Mp5msfDlOL
A lot of teams like to begin a two-minute drill with what they call a drive-starter — a staple play to open the possession up with an easy completion. The Chiefs ran a sticks concept with good spacing between all three receivers running curls at the line to gain with Travis Kelce and Darrel Williams late into the flats. Mahomes gives a subtle slide, like he’s working to the wide side of the field before coming back to Hill in between the hashes for a fresh set of downs. Then the no-huddle begins.
“Are you showing off?” pic.twitter.com/dfk783clL3— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) November 24, 2020