2. Andy Reid, Chiefs
Career Record: 221-130-1 (.629)
With The Chiefs Since: 2013
Last Year’s Ranking: 2
Andy Reid has nothing left to prove. Andy Reid has everything left to prove. That’s life in the NFL. Can Reid fix an offensive line that had Patrick Mahomes running for his life in the Super Bowl? Can he find a third weapon behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce? Will his defense show up for all 17 games? Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire going to evolve into more than just a Sproles-ian third-down back? Reid creates some of his biggest headaches in the front office. Reid may not technically be the general manager, but ask John Dorsey about the separation of Reid’s church and state. Brett Veach’s seat was drawing some Dorsey heat before a solid offseason, one that indeed remade Mahomes’ shaky line. That third weapon never materialized, leaving Reid without a back-up plan if either of his top two options goes down. These are, of course, the ultimate first-world football problems. There is no other kind when you have won five straight divisions and two straight conference titles. Reid found Mahomes. Now it is Super Bowl or bust until either the coach or quarterback hangs them up. That’s a lot of pressure. It’s also only there if you are one of the greatest of all time.
1. Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback: Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes already won the NFL MVP award back in 2018. However, he won’t be looking to stop there. The Chiefs made some major changes to their offensive line this offseason in order to protect Mahomes.
Signing notable players such as Joe Thuney and Kyle Long wasn’t enough though. They traded for star tackle Orlando Brown and also drafted center Creed Humphrey.
Behind an absolutely elite offensive line, the 25-year-old quarterback should have more than enough time in the pocket. This allows for bigger and more explosive plays to develop, which is where receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce would play a crucial role.
Week 7 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and the reigning conference champions (and their fans) will invade Nissan Stadium in Week 7 in what we consider to be Tennessee’s toughest game of the entire slate.
The reasons are obvious: the Chiefs have the best quarterback in the NFL, several impressive weapons for him to throw to, and a good enough defense to complement them. As a result, Kansas City should be considered the favorites to come out of the conference once again.
Adding to all that, the Titans will be on a bit of a short week, as the contest before this one comes on a Monday night against the Bills.
The Titans had success against KC during the 2019 regular season, but were unable to keep up with the Chiefs in the playoffs later that season. Don’t think the Titans have forgotten about that.
Around the NFL
1. New England Patriots (2001-18)
Why they’re No. 1: The Patriots’ sustained success is remarkable considering it took place during the NFL’s salary cap era. New England also overcame a slew of worthy competitors that includes Peyton Manning’s Broncos and Colts, as well as Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers. Patriots detractors can point to the team playing in the underwhelming AFC East along with the fact that they endured Spygate and Deflategate. Controversies aside, no one can argue with the Patriots’ unparalleled success.
With the uncertainty surrounding Aaron Rodgers continuing to loom large, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy shared on Saturday that the ongoing saga has taken a toll on the Green Bay faithful.
“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base,” Murphy wrote in his monthly column for Packers.com. “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”
Seth Walder, sports analytics writer: It creates a disjointed offseason for the Falcons. Atlanta entered 2021 with a choice: run it back with an offense that still has serious upside and hope for minimal defensive regression, or tear it down and draft a rookie quarterback. Either was justifiable, but it’s a lot harder to pull off the former without Jones. Instead of committing to either philosophy, it might end up in no-man’s-land.
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A tweet to make you think
Getting a lot of Q’s from Chiefs fans re Julio.— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) June 6, 2021
KC was truly never in the Julio sweepstakes. It’s nothing against his talent or their belief that he’s still a top WR; the financials just never made sense. Cash comes into play.
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