It’s been nearly five months since the Chiefs lost Super Bowl LV ... but Tyreek Hill is still FUMING over the L — telling TMZ Sports the defeat was “embarrassing.”
Hill spoke candidly this week about February’s 31-9 loss to Tom Brady’s Bucs ... admitting it’s fueled him to work out like a mad man this offseason to ensure that NEVER happens again.
“Man, you know what, man?” Hill said. “I’ve been grinding my tail off ever since that loss.”
“I feel like we was kind of embarrassed on national TV during the biggest game, you know, in the last game of the year.”
Hill tells us he’s sure Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and some of Kansas City’s other biggest stars are feeling the same way ... explaining he believes the loss will lead to a return trip to the Big Game.
“We definitely don’t want to go down that route again,” the 27-year-old wide receiver said. “We’ll be back.”
At least one Kansas City Chiefs rookie is confirmed to be in attendance, getting a wealth of knowledge from the best in the business at the third-annual OL Masterminds summit in Frisco, Texas.
Put on by offensive line guru Duke Manyweather and Eagles OT Lane Johnson, the annual summit covers everything offensive line from preparation and film study to drills and recovery. This year the event took place from July 8-10, with a pretty packed house compared to previous years. Former and current NFL stars combined to pass on knowledge to the newest generation of NFL offensive linemen.
Chiefs rookie center Creed Humphrey was in the building for the event, sopping up knowledge from recent Super Bowl champion Ryan Jensen. Humphrey was spotted by NFL draft analyst Ben Fennell, along with several other NFL rookies, receiving a demonstration from Jensen.
I miss Terez Paylor. It’s crazy, and sad, to think he’s been gone for five months now.
In my first two years in Kansas City, he was the beat guy covering the Chiefs for the Kansas City Star. I thought Terez was what a big-time NFL writer should be. He asked insightful questions, not cliché questions. I always knew when he was going to interview me that he’d be prepared. He’d have done his homework. I think some of the best stories written about me came from him—he asked questions that made me think, and so I’d give him good answers back. That’s a big part of why I really enjoyed my interactions with him.
I trusted him. He never tried to play gotcha with me, never tried to catch me in something so he could make a headline out of it. What I always appreciated was that he asked me questions to really try to let the fans know the inside story of why a play worked, or why we won or lost. That trust led me, when I started my foundation in 2019, to think of Terez. He had left to go to Yahoo Sports by that time, but when I started my foundation, 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, I called him first. I wanted him to tell the story because I knew he’d tell it right.
One of the reasons I’m writing this today is that I feel we can’t let his legacy go dim. He deserves to be remembered, and to impact future journalists, for years to come.
So, now the question: When does Buddy Parker get enshrined? That could be answered in August.
In the meantime, he’ll be one of the names most often mentioned for consideration. So will the Chargers’ and Cardinals’ Don Coryell, a finalist more times (6) than any nominated head coach, as well as Mike Holmgren and Dick Vermeil.
The last two are considered longshots, though not according to former Kansas City president and GM Carl Peterson. Appearing on the latest “Eye Test for Two” podcast on fullpressradio.com, he urged voters to consider Vermeil, who hired Peterson in Philadelphia in 1976 and joined him in Kansas City nearly three decades later as the Chiefs’ head coach.
“I think that Dick has checked every box that any deserving NFL head coach should check before they were selected as a Pro Football Hall-of-Fame coach,” he said. “The man has an unbelievable capacity to (rebuild) destroyed, down-in-the-mouth franchises.”
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Deadlines force decisions, and Aaron Rodgers has a major one impending. Whether he will play for the Packers, or at all, in 2021 has been the question of the offseason. The reigning league MVP finally intimated this weekend that he’ll have an answer shortly.
Rodgers has been among the many football players golfing in the celebrity-filled American Century Championship in Nevada, where NBC Sports caught up with him Saturday and asked what his plans are for the upcoming season.
“I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this week,” Rodgers said. “And then I’m going to get back to working out and figure things out in a couple weeks.”
His timetable tracks neatly with the start of training camp (the Packers are due to report on July 27). Though Rodgers skipped Green Bay’s entire offseason program, camp was long seen as the moment of truth between the franchise and its star quarterback. It’s when the fines become greater and the absences more detrimental to preparation for the season.
“What have I heard?” the star pass rusher told Mike Klis of 9News on Sunday. “First and foremost, I’m comfortable with Drew. I’m comfortable with Teddy. G.P. (General Manager George Paton) and (president of football operations) John Elway. If A-Rod is out there for us to get him, those are the two guys to have on the job.
“John Elway, he’s done a great job of working the big-time guys before — Peyton (Manning) and DeMarcus (Ware) and Aqib (Talib) — all these other guys. So if there’s a guy to be had, G.P. and John Elway are the two to put on it, if it can be done. If it can’t, I’m comfortable with Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater. They’ve impressed the hell out of me and impressed the hell out of everybody during OTAs.
“So I’m super excited for those guys. Another year for Drew Lock, I think this will be the time for him to turn it on. So either way we go, it’s looking bright for us.”
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was arrested Thursday in Arlington, Texas on a charge of “indecency with a child, sexual contact,” NFL.com confirmed Saturday, via Arlington Police Department records.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday night that the Falcons have terminated Mingo’s contract after gathering further information on the matter. The team later announced the move.
Atlanta released a statement regarding the situation Saturday afternoon:
“Our organization became aware of the allegations involving Barkevious Mingo today and are currently gathering information on this incident. The Falcons take the allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Mingo was released Friday on $25,000 bond, according to Tarrant County bond records. No further details from the case were available at this time.
Former San Francisco 49ers tight end Greg Clark has died at the age of 49, his family announced Friday. The specific cause of Clark’s death was not disclosed, but his family did note that his passing was unexpected. His family also said in a statement that Clark may have been suffering from the effects of head trauma sustained during his football career.
“His recent suffering from CTE symptoms cannot extinguish the breadth and depth of his impact on us and others, and we are forever grateful for the time we have had with him,” the statement read. “It is our hope that through further research we can gain more knowledge surrounding CTE.”
Clark entered the NFL as a third-round draft choice of the Niners back in 1997 after an impressive collegiate career at Stanford. He went on to play four seasons in the league — all with San Francisco — before his career was cut short due to injuries. He gained the reputation of being a tough tight end who excelled as a blocker and also held his own as a receiver. Clark caught 92 passes over his 55 games played for 909 yards and four touchdowns. He added five more receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs as well.
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Throughout the video, it’s apparent that Smith both understands football and is passionate about it. He articulates the nuances of the game well and communicated the complex things of the game very clearly. I believe there is something to the ease in which Smith could break those things down and how much he enjoyed doing it.
His ability to pull and perform trap blocks is also an interesting nugget. The Chiefs have typically run zone-blocking schemes as their primary run-game, but the transition to bigger, more powerful linemen may hint at a move to more gap-run schemes. There is more pulling and trapping in gap-run schemes, and that would fit the style of a player like Smith.
If you still aren’t convinced Smith was a steal, you’ll have an opportunity to see him play against NFL competition in roughly a month. I have a feeling he’ll hold up.
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