Filling a stadium with thousands of fans during a pandemic won’t be easy, which is why the NFL has been slowly trying to plan how to make it all work. So far, the league has made two big changes that will affect attendance: For one, the league will be putting a tarp over the first six to eight rows in each stadium. Part of the reason the NFL decided to make that move is so that fans won’t be in close proximity to any players, which will theoretically limit player exposure to the virus while they’re on the sideline.
The NFL has also decided that each team will be allowed to set its own stadium capacity. Teams will be asked to set their capacity based on local health protocols and policies, which means some stadiums could have a capacity of zero — if a state bans large public gatherings — while other stadiums could have their capacity set at 50 percent or more.
Overall head-to-head record during the decade: Broncos, 11-10
Playoff record during the decade: Broncos, 1-0
Longest winning streak: 3 (both teams)
Best games: October 17, 1994: Chiefs 31, Broncos 28; 1997 div. round: Broncos 14, Chiefs 10
The Broncos had won 14 of their first 20 games against the Chiefs after drafting John Elway in the 1983 draft. The Chiefs, who had spent most of that time looking up at the Broncos in the AFC West division standings, received a much needed shot in the arm after acquiring future Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Marcus Allen during the 1993 offseason. That season, the Chiefs won their first division title since 1971 en route to an appearance in the AFC Championship game.
Mahomes is scheduled to join teammate Travis Kelce as well as a host of former and current superstar athletes and entertainers at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament July 10-12 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, according to the ACC.
“As a company that’s been headquartered in Kansas City since 1958, American Century Investments is excited and proud to welcome KC Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to this year’s tournament,” American Century president and CEO Jonathan Thomas said in a statement. “While this year will be a different experience for the players and fans alike due to the pandemic, what hasn’t changed is our continued focus on having a positive impact on the world by supporting incredible charities.”
Two weeks earlier, Adams’ Green Bay Packers fell to the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game 37-20. However, the Pro Bowl wideout managed to find some success against Sherman during the second half, fooling him on stutter release to the inside at the line of scrimmage and pulling ahead of the cornerback for one of the Packers’ biggest gains of the night. Watkins saw that play during his film study and worked to replicate Adams’ maneuver in advance of the Super Bowl.
But while the Kansas City wideout might have only seen the release on tape from the 49ers’ previous game, Adams credits a different receiver for showing him the way to beat Sherman.
“A guy like [Sherman] who’s long, he wants to slow you down,” Adams said on NFL Game Pass Film Session. “Make him uncomfortable. I’ve seen on film he doesn’t do as well with the inside release, courtesy of Keenan Allen.”
Head coach: Andy Reid. Forever one of those yeah, but coaches. Like, you would talk about him in the conversation of greatest coaches of all time, but he would be saddled with a yeah, but he never won the Super Bowl. It was kind of like being the NFL’s version of Joey Fatone. Yes, he was my favorite member of NSYNC. He was the one I would most like to hang out and have a beer with. And you’d be all yeah, but he never had the career arc of bandmate Justin Timberlake, who has gone on to be this generation’s version of Frank Sinatra. I was more of a Dean Martin guy, anyway, so you do you, Joey.
Anyway, that conversation for Andy Reid is now over. He wasn’t in danger of being left out of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (although Marty Schottenheimer and Don Coryell aren’t in, so you never know). But now he’s gained automatic entry. He’s in the club. Now we can start to turn our attention to where he ranks among the greatest coaches of all time. He’s probably not going to match Bill Belichick’s six Super Bowl titles, although that is not a statement I’m 100 percent comfortable making. Even at 62 years old, it still feels like he has a lot left to offer this game. The Chiefs are poised for a huge run of success in the coming decade-plus with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. It’s a fun exercise to ask yourself how many titles it would take to be considered the G.O.A.T. (especially if the Patriots never get back to the playoffs without Tom Brady).
It’s so interesting what one Super Bowl title can do for a guy. It’s not like he was a miserable coach for all of those years and suddenly just started to put it all together. But now he has a real opportunity to add to his legacy.
After the 2015 season the Patriots traded Chandler Jones to the Cardinals for a second round pick. He went on to have two pro-bowl and first team all-pro seasons and totalled 210 tackles, 60 sacks, and 17 forced fumbles over the next four years. On the other hand, the Patriots went on to appear in three Super Bowls, winning two of them.
Rich Gannon (2002)
Gannon won league MVP at the age of 37, leading the league with 4,689 passing yards as the Oakland Raiders went 11-5 in his starts (he took Oakland to the franchise’s first Super Bowl since 1983). Gannon completed 67.6% of his passes and threw 26 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions (97.3 rating). He finished fifth in the league in passing touchdowns and second in passer rating.
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Five months ago, Josh Allen delivered the most Josh Allen performance of his career in an overtime playoff loss to the Texans. In his first playoff start, he produced evidence supporting every single possible opinion you can hold about him after his second pro season. Allen made big plays with his arm and his legs and made incomprehensible mistakes, occasionally on the same drive. You could credibly argue that he nearly won the game for the Bills or that he was the biggest reason they lost in Houston. Allen optimists and pessimists alike were given more fuel for their respective fires.
Previously, the expectation has been that the NFL would cut the four-game preseason schedule to just two games, however, the NFLPA has yet to sign off and there are some within union leadership who continue to question whether it’s a smart move to play any preseason games at all, Garafolo and Pelissero added.
A board of representatives call on Thursday should shed further light upon the developing situation.
With training camp set to begin in late July, it follows a spring in which NFL players were largely away from team facilities and forced to work out in different ways due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The hope was a two-game slate would give players and teams a longer ramp-up period.
Among the concerns of a two-game slate from the perspective of players is the added exposure and risk for games that hold no consequence in the standings, Pelissero reported. Another concern is that some players would have just 23 days from their report date to their first preseason games, Pelissero said.
According to the report Wednesday, Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo each received letters signed by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a combined $620 billion asking the companies to sever ties with the Redskins unless they change their controversial name. There has been more pressure in recent weeks to change their name given the social climate following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
The Redskins have contributed to some of that change, removing the name of former owner George Preston Marshall from their ring of fame. Marshall was the last NFL owner to integrate his roster, and did so only under pressure from the government to avoid losing a 30-year lease on federal land.
In a demonstration of the Packers’ confidence in Love’s future with the team, Green Bay signed him to a fully guaranteed four-year, $12,383,470 contract with a signing bonus of $6,566,160, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. It’s the first time the No. 26 pick has received a fully guaranteed deal under the current rookie contract system, Garafolo added.
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Ask someone to name which player he or she would pluck from the Denver Broncos, and it would not be all that surprising to hear Von Miller. Miller is still a force to be reckoned with.
The problem for this exercise is Miller is 31 (and I can add a younger, more productive EDGE player with the next team). He is also coming off his first single-digit-sack season since 2013
Cornerback AJ Bouye is tempting, but I have confidence that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has enough pieces there based on what the Chiefs were able to accomplish last year, along with Brett Veach’s free-agency additions and the two late draft picks.
Instead, give me rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, who is 10 years younger than Miller and has already mastered a pro-level route tree. 2020 is likely to be Sammy Watkins’ final year in Kansas City.
Jeudy would equate to a near-perfect replacement across from Tyreek Hill.
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