“Kansas City is the one place I could see it working. Maybe even Houston,” Fox Sports’ Doug Gottlieb said Monday on his radio show. “Sitting behind Pat Mahomes makes the most sense. It’s the best quarterback in the league. He’s coached by a guy (Andy Reid) who can really help him.
“Additionally, if Kaepernick wants to play football, think of all the Andy Reid guys that are out there. Doug Pederson, Matt Nagy, (Chiefs offensive coordinator) Eric Bieniemy eventually will probably get a head coaching job this upcoming year.
“There are plenty of Andy Reid family guys that are in the National Football League as coaches that would give you an opportunity to get another job next year. Andy Reid helped Michael Vick rehabilitate his career. I think Kansas City would make the most sense. Of course, it would be bad news for Chad Henne.”
Kaepernick’s best bet is to land with a playoff team as a high-end backup, and the reigning Super Bowl champs look like a great fit for the former star given Andy Reid’s high-octane offense.
Any situation where the No. 1 quarterback might be in danger of losing his starting job is not an ideal one for Kaepernick, as the media frenzy that would follow as soon as either party started to struggle would be too much to handle.
With a team like Kansas City that could guarantee him a backup role, he could give Patrick Mahomes more protection than someone like Henne or Matt Moore could offer. Furthermore, should Kaepernick be thrust into some live game action, Kansas City’s willingness to go down the field and force the quarterback to make plays on the run fit right into Kaepernick’s strengths.
“There is this whistling past the graveyard mentality that I hear from a lot of Broncos fans, at least on the RamosLaw.com text line, that they don’t like the idea of building up the Chiefs as this bogeyman type thing,” Evans said. “And I’m sorry, but this is where you’re at right now.
“This team isn’t going anywhere. This head coach isn’t going anywhere. More importantly that quarterback isn’t going anywhere, and I know what some of you have tried to do, you’ve tried to diminish Mahomes’ impact by saying, ‘well, it’s more of the system than it is Mahomes’ or ‘Well, it’s more of the people that are around Mahomes than Mahomes.’”
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The Chiefs’ skill-position group was downgraded for two reasons last offseason. Kansas City parted with running back Kareem Hunt during the 2018 season, and wideout Tyreek Hill faced uncertainty because of child-abuse allegations brought by former fiancee Crystal Espinal. Hill was not suspended, however, and Damien Williams proved to be a serviceable back during Kansas City’s Super Bowl run.
With rookie first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire joining the backfield, the Chiefs should have a high-end rushing attack this season. When combined with arguably the league’s best receiving corps, quarterback Patrick Mahomes should have a supporting cast for the ages.
The wide receiver trio of Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman is a track team, while Travis Kelce is perhaps the most explosive tight end in the game. This corps can stretch the field, create space underneath and turn short passes into massive gains.
The Chiefs rode Mahomes and their explosive offense all the way to a victory in Super Bowl LIV, and this year’s group could be even better. The addition of Edwards-Helaire should help balance the unit, while a second-year leap by Hardman would take the passing attack into the stratosphere.
Even though Mahomes and Hill missed time with injuries, Kansas City finished last season fifth in scoring and sixth in yards. There is zero reason to believe this group won’t be better in 2020.
Starting pitcher: Patrick Mahomes
MLB player comp: Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson
Stat line: Mahomes not only could reach 93 mph as a pitcher for Whitehouse High School, but he reportedly “hit better than .450” his senior year, according to MaxPreps.
Scouting report: As a high school junior, Mahomes was still pretty raw. While he was also an outfield prospect, Mahomes was most promising as a pitcher, where he was a third-round prospect or so. — ESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel
In 2019, Clark would remain relatively cheap for the Chiefs, counting for $6.5 million against the cap. Clark came into the 2019 season injured and started off slow as a result with just one pressure through Week 2 and just one sack through Week 6. However, the healthier Clark got, the more productive his play became. He had six pressures and two sacks in Week 7 vs. the Denver Broncos, seven pressures in Week 11 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers and seven pressures in Week 17 vs. the Chargers. Despite these big performances, Clark’s regular-season numbers still fell short of his seasons with the Seahawks. In the regular season, Clark had the lowest total pressures (47), sacks (eight) and PFF grade (63.0) of his career, besides his rookie season.
The 2018 Chiefs faced a similar kind of heartbreak. An offsides penalty in the AFC championship game gave the Patriots new life, and New England eventually pulled out the win in an overtime nail-biter at Arrowhead. The pain from those losses quickly subsided as both teams went on to win the Super Bowl the following year, and the Ravens are hoping to perform a similar sort of exorcism.
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Chargers: You’ve got freakish talents like Joey Bosa and Derwin James. You have proven veterans like Melvin Ingram and Casey Heyward. And you’re injecting a potential star at linebacker in rookie Kenneth Murray. Health is always the question with this group. But if they can stay healthy, there is a boatload of upside here.
Texans DE J.J. Watt
Watt was considered the closest thing to a modern day Reggie White, who is arguably the greatest defensive football player of all-time, before being bitten by the injury bug. The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year has missed 32 of the last 64 regular season games because of a variety of injuries.
Watt, who has two years remaining on his contract for $33 million, recognizes he isn’t in a position to ask for a new deal. He was still an impact player the last time he was healthy in 2018; Watt led the AFC with 16 sacks while being named first-team All-Pro for the first time since 2015.
“I can see — especially later in the season, and you can see this with Drew Brees and some of the other quarterbacks as well — their arms don’t have the same pop at the end of the season that they had early in the year,” Moon said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, via Chris Mason of MassLive.com. “That has to do with their age, and that’s something I started to see in my career when I got older, that I didn’t have that same pop in my arm. A lot of it has to do with your legs because you’ve just become fatigued over the course of the whole season.”
“At times what may have aggravated me a little bit last year was [critics saying] that I couldn’t play anymore,” Rivers said Wednesday. “When you heard that, it bothered me because I wanted to go, ‘Shoot, let’s go turn on the tape and watch all the good things.’ There were some bad plays. Certainly some throws I want back and certainly some very costly mistakes. I own up to all those. There was so much good and I had some throws last year that were probably as good as I’ve had my whole career. I knew. So I didn’t feel like I had to sell that to anyone. But at the same time, it did aggravate you little bit. I think it’s OK to be aware. I’m one of those guys that likes to be aware.”
“I think that is a major part of why I didn’t get selected in the Pro Bowl”, he told reporters a bit earlier this offseason on a Zoom conference. “The interceptions, the big plays, I was lacking in that area. It’s hard to go out there and say I am going to get some interceptions. You have to get targets”.
“I have had conversations with my inner circle”, he added. “Maybe I have to do some talking this year, get guys to throw at me. I do feel like this year I will get more than one interception at least. It should be a better year for me in that area”.
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“It came from talking and listening to teammates and people throughout our organization,” said the Super Bowl MVP. “Obviously with voting coming up for our local offices and everything like that, we wanted to make sure that was on the front of our mind. We’ve talked about several things — nothing that is completely [formed] in stone — [but] voter registration was one big one that we really want to move forward with.”
“If we are to really give those people a voice,” said Mathieu, “and really allow those people to go into their communities and really select their leaders, I think that’s going to be very, very important going forward. I think if you’re going to change anything, you’re going to have to educate people on what it is that they have to do to change things — more than just protesting. They have to really find a call to action. I think that can impact a lot of people. I think that can really see good change.”
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Chiefs owner Clark Hunt was so unbelievably proud of Patrick Mahomes and Tyrann Mathieu after seeing the video that he called them personally.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) June 10, 2020
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