4. Andy Reid
Regular-season Record: 99-61
Postseason Record: 5-6
Super Bowls: 1
Reid has been one of the most consistent coaches in the NFL during the decade, earning bonus points for turning a moribund Chiefs franchise into a perennial contender by posting a winning record in every season in which he’s been in Kansas City. In fact, he’s won more games in his seven seasons at the helm than the Chiefs won in the 11 before his arrival. And, of course, he snapped the franchise’s 50-year Super Bowl drought (and his own 20-year dry spell) in 2019. His two career Super Bowl appearances match All-Decade Team member Pete Carroll’s number (though one of Reid’s came in the 2000s), while both made crucial franchise-changing QB decisions that have worked out incredibly well. Few have been as dependably successful or produced as many head coaches as Reid, with his fingerprints all over today’s NFL.
“That sound you just heard was 31 other teams waking up this morning, cursing, stomping their feet and saying, ‘what the hell we gonna do now?’ Everybody’s back!” Wright said on FS1.
“Chris Jones? Thought we might lose him. Franchise tagged him. Sammy Watkins, I was sure we were going to lose him. Let’s restructure the deal and bring him back. Playoff-elite performer Sammy Watkins, by the way. Five playoff games with the Chiefs, nearly 500 yards. The touchdown that sealed the AFC Championship Game and burning Richard Sherman on the deep route that set up the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl.
“Wildes, do you remember after the Warriors got Durant there was talk around the NBA: will teams just punt on the next couple years and look to the following few seasons because they know they can’t win? I feel like we might be entering that era in the NFL. Are teams going to say, ‘Well, we know what’s happening in 2020. They did it to us last year, they’re going to do it again. They brought everyone back.’”
Round 1 - Pick 32
Zack Baun LB
Kansas City could choose to trade out of this pick, but Baun could be an option too. He was an edge rusher at Wisconsin but has the ability to play on the weakside too. His versatility could be attractive in Kansas City’s defense.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The Chiefs could still bring back Bashaud Breeland, but they’ve already lost Kendall Fuller from last year’s squad. Fulton has been a lockdown cornerback at LSU and certainly has the upside to return great value immediately.
1. Mahomes puts up 50 touchdowns again
In 2018, Mahomes became the third quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns. Tom Brady did it in 2007 and Peyton Manning set the single-season record with 55 in 2013. If Mahomes were to do it again, he would be the first quarterback ever to throw 50 touchdowns in a season twice.
Mahomes threw 26 touchdowns in 2019. He missed two games with a knee injury and threw the ball 96 fewer times than in 2018. Andy Reid could lean on his quarterback in 2020 to get in the end zone. Throwing 50 touchdowns once again would be the perfect way to celebrate a shiny new contract.
The success of the Chiefs’ offense, Andy Reid’s reputation of grooming quarterbacks and the presence of Patrick Mahomes made Kansas City an appealing destination for the 22 year old.
“Me and my agent figured this would be the best opportunity for me to learn and keep growing as such a young guy,” Ta’amu said. “I’m always open to learn and pick the quarterbacks’ brains.”
ALUMNI FOR TOP THREE
Patrick Peterson (2011 5th overall, 138 starts, 3x All-Pro)
Tyrann Mathieu (2013 third round, 89 starts, 2x All-Pro)
Jamal Adams (2017 6th overall, 46 starts, All-Pro)
Tre’Davious White (2017 first round, 47 starts, All-Pro)
Morris Claiborne (2012 6th overall, 74 starts)
Around the NFL
Romo’s entire body of work is bound to be underrated in the future, as the RINGZ crowd jabbers about his playoff résumé. But 2014 was easily the best season of his career. He was the perfect quarterback to play behind the Cowboys’ stellar offensive line: resourceful enough to seek out the right play when he had time to work and creative enough to manufacture first downs when he didn’t. If the infamous #DezCaughtIt play had gone differently, Romo might have a Super Bowl ring, and we might talk about his career in very different terms. Either way, now is a good time to revisit one of the most entertaining QBs of the past decade.
What will the draft day TV broadcast look like?
The details will be sorted out, but the likely scenario is that this year’s entire draft will pretty much look like it usually does during Day 3. By that point, there are no more players waiting in a green room to shake Goodell’s hand and hold up a brand new jersey. It’s mostly just a studio panel discussing the picks as they happen with cut-ins to announce selections.
There will still be players reacting from their homes like usual, but not with a mob of family and friends surrounding them.
On a conference call, NFL exec Peter O'Reilly says next month's draft will focus on good role modeling, with teams and in players' homes: No more than 10 people in every room, everyone 6+ feet apart, good hand hygiene, anyone with fever or upper respiratory illness staying away.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 31, 2020
“I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps,” Roethlisberger. “That was going to be the plan. Now I don’t know how much I was going to do, I don’t know if I was going to be doing team stuff or stuff like that, but I would have been definitely going to be out there ready to go.”
Brown, 31, faces felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges, according to a Broward County court document obtained by ESPN.
In January, agent Drew Rosenhaus terminated his relationship with Brown.
Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech
There has been some chatter about his medicals, and his shoulder in particular, after a labrum repair by the Dallas Cowboys’ surgeon back in December. There should be more clarity on his current situation coming from that surgeon this week, I’m told. Still, this kid ran a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash for scouts just 10 days after being cleared to run … without the ability to train normally before that. Sick athletic traits. My pal Bobby DePaul, who has 25 years of NFL experience in personnel, was kind enough to break down this entire linebacker class on film for me. If not for the medical concern, he would have Brooks as the second-best stack LB in the entire draft. Some other evaluators I trust also have a first-round grade on him, ahead of Kenneth Murray in some cases. DePaul’s synopsis on Brooks: “Athlete, 3 downs, play speed and close, blitz/space production, Wagner.” Yeah, that Wagner is Bobby Wagner, DePaul’s high-end comp for Brooks. He has the speed teams so covet in this spot with nickel the new base.
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Here are the six Chiefs named to the All-Decade team:
Tyreek Hill (2016-present in Kansas City): Hill was voted to the team as a punt returner. He has returned 85 punts for 1,009 yards (11.9 y/r) and four touchdowns; he is a been named an All-Pro twice, in 2016 as a first-team punt returner and in 2018 as a first-team FLEX and second-team wide receiver.
Travis Kelce (2013-present in Kansas City): Kelce has compiled 507 catches for 6,465 yards and 37 career touchdowns. He is the first tight end in history to record four straight seasons of 1,000 yards or more, with a chance for a fifth in 2020. Two-time first-team All-Pro (2016, 2018) and two-time second-team All-Pro (2017, 2019)
Tyrann Mathieu (2019-present in Kansas City): Mathieu won the team’s Derrick Thomas (MVP) award in their first Super Bowl season in 50 years in 2019. He is a two-time first-team All-Pro (2015, 2019) and the current defensive (and emotional leader) of the Super Bowl champions.
Eric Berry (2010-2018 in Kansas City): Before Mathieu, Berry was the heart and soul of the Kansas City Chiefs. He compiled 445 tackles (377 solo), 14 interceptions, 51 passes defensed and five touchdowns during his nine years as a Chief. Berry is a three-time first-team All-Pro (2013, 2015, 2016)
LeSean McCoy (2019 in Kansas City): McCoy member of the Chiefs running back-by-committee early in the team’s first Super Bowl season in 50 years in 2019. McCoy is a two-time first-team All-Pro (2011, 2013)
Darrelle Revis (2017): Revis played one season with the Chiefs. He is a four-time first-team All-Pro, including three times this decade (2010-11, 2014).
A tweet to make you think
My hope for the next generation is not that we have to specify that Right Tackles are their own position, but that you can just list OT and we get voted on equally with Left Tackles.— Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) April 6, 2020
2 of the top 3 paid Ts right are RT. 3/8 Pro Bowl Ts this year were RT. We’re getting there. https://t.co/4LfDxZcs7r
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