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Kansas City Chiefs owned TV viewership in 2023 according to Variety | Fox 4

114,956,000 people tuned into the Chiefs-Eagles Super Bowl, while 53,478,000 watched the Chiefs beat the Bengals to reach the NFL’s pinnacle.

Kansas City football also claimed the sixth (Lions-Chiefs), seventh (Chiefs-Jets) and tenth (Packers-Chiefs) most-watched primetime telecasts.

Chiefs hosted 10 players for tryouts on Tuesday | A to Z Sports

Here’s a quick look at the 10 players the Chiefs worked out on Tuesday:

DL Deslin Alexandre

If this name sounds familiar, that’s because the Chiefs hosted Alexandre on a top-30 visit ahead of the 2023 NFL draft. He was a two-time team captain, three-time All-ACC Academic Team selection, and four-year starter for the Pittsburgh Panthers, where he recorded 131 total tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, seven passes batted, two fumbles recoveries, an interception and a safety. He went undrafted in 2023, spending the offseason with the New York Jets before landing with the Chicago Bears practice squad until November when he was released.

Why Does Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Isiah Pacheco Run So Hard? The Reason Is Heartbreaking | Distractify

It turns out that the star player has a very tragic backstory.

When he was just a high schooler playing football in New Jersey, his older brother Tivares was murdered. Then, a year later, the family experienced another heartbreaking loss when Isiah’s sister Celeste was killed during a domestic dispute.

These horrific events have clearly impacted the star’s outlook. As he explained to Big Ten Network, “Why [do] I leave it all out there on the field? You never know when it’s going to be your last opportunity – I never knew when it was gonna be my last time seeing my sister or my brother.”

He went on to talk about the loss of his siblings saying, “My brother ended up getting stabbed and [it hurt] me because I didn’t have that same guidance when I would hear him scream my name at the football fields. One year after that, we got a knock on the door by a family member. She says, ‘It’s Celeste, she’s gone.’ I’m just in shock because I didn’t know what to do after losing a brother and a sister now.”

Now, Isiah’s goal is to honor Tivares and Celeste’s memories with his achievements on the football field.

Who will win Super Bowl LVIII? Ranking 9 most likely NFL champions as 2023 regular season winds down | NFL.com

8. Kansas City Chiefs

Honestly, I draw a line after Detroit on this list. If my name rhymed with seven, that’d be the group. But alas, this is the Schein Nine, so two more teams receive mention, even if I don’t ultimately believe they can win the Super Bowl.

I really think the defending champions are cooked. Kansas City’s high-powered offense is broken, en route to its first finish outside of the top 10 in scoring since 2016. Beyond rookie Rashee Rice, no other receiver has earned Patrick Mahomes’ trust. It’s Week 18, people — this isn’t just suddenly going to click. Andy Reid, Brett Veach and Co. have a lot of work to do this offseason, needing to give Mahomes more capable cohorts. Meanwhile, while the Chiefs’ defense looked like an elite unit in the first half of the season, it’s had some hiccups of late. Maybe consistently carrying a frustratingly flawed offense finally caught up with Chris Jones and friends.

Now, I’m not saying Kansas City can’t win a playoff game. (Shoot, if Miami loses Sunday night, drops to the No. 6 seed and draws the Chiefs on Wild Card Weekend, I can’t see the banged-up Dolphins beating Mahomes and Reid at Arrowhead.) What I’m saying is Kansas City can’t win four playoff games. This offense is just too faulty.

Travis Kelce among the biggest fantasy football busts of 2023 | Yahoo Sports

Did you finally make the leap to draft Travis Kelce with your first-round pick? If so, I’m sorry for the season that ensued. Things started alright once he made a return from a knee injury in Week 2 — well, OK, more than alright — as he finished as a top-five fantasy tight end in all but one of his first six games. From Week 8 onward, things started to stall out ever so slightly, before the giant hammer of lack of production that would doink fantasy managers over the head in the postseason.

Through the fantasy playoffs, Kelce averaged just 5.1 fantasy points per game, having ranked as the overall TE26 in that span, scoring fewer points than Cardinals TE Elijah Higgins, Dolphins TE Durham Smythe and Broncos TE Lucas Krull (who?).

Logan Paul Trades US Title For Patrick Mahomes’ Super Bowl Ring | Wrestlezone

Logan Paul met up with Patrick Mahomes and made a major trade.

In a post on Instagram, Logan Paul jokingly traded Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes the WWE United States Championship for one of his Super Bowl rings. A Lemonade Prime helped seal the deal for Mahomes. The NFL then held the title, and Paul joked about taking the Super Bowl Ring to the pawn shop.

Around the NFL

Tyreek Hill, family safe after fire at Dolphins star’s home | ESPN

Local station WSVN 7 News helicopters showed Hill arriving at the property just before 3 p.m. ET with his left foot in a walking boot. He could be seen embracing his wife, Keeta Vaccaro, whom he married last month, and his mother, Anesha Sanchez.

Hill, 29, also was roaming around outside near the home, sometimes with his hand on his chest or on his face, speaking to authorities.

Taylor said crews from Southwest Ranches and Broward County assisted with what officially was designated as a two-alarm fire. Crews were unable to enter the home to assess the damage, according to Taylor, who said they were waiting for the state fire marshal’s office to arrive and assist in the investigation.

Taylor also said it took firefighters “a little while” to extinguish the fire. He said crews “found heavy smoke and fire on the second floor and within the attic area of the home.” WSVN 7 News showed a large amount of smoke coming out of the roof as firefighters doused it with water.

Hill’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told local media that the fire was contained to one room in the house, and that some of Hill’s family was inside the home when the fire began. Rosenhaus added that Hill wouldn’t comment on the fire and requested privacy.

Chargers’ Keenan Allen, Joey Bosa unlikely to play vs. Chiefs | Orange County Register

Interim coach Giff Smith all but ruled out wide receiver Keenan Allen and outside linebacker Joey Bosa for the Chargers’ season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen has been sidelined by a heel injury since Dec. 10 and Bosa has been out since Nov. 19 because of a fractured foot.

“Those guys, honestly, their bodies haven’t progressed like we thought they would and they thought they would,” Smith said Wednesday. “The chances are probably slim. I’m not going to rule anybody out on a Wednesday, but it’s been a long time since they played the game, so it’ll probably be difficult.”

Early Solutions for Justin Fields, 2024 NFL Offseason’s Biggest Questions | Bleacher Report

Bill Belichick Should Say Goodbye

If indeed his New England Patriots tenure comes to an end in the coming days or weeks, Bill Belichick will likely attract interest from teams like the Chargers, Carolina Panthers, and possibly others like the Las Vegas Raiders or Washington Commanders.

That might be tempting, but Belichick has clearly lost a step and would be better off preserving his reputation and walking away now.

Don Shula spent 26 years in Miami and rode into the sunset. George Halas did the same after 40 years in Chicago. Those are the only two coaches with more career wins than Belichick. And of course, the legendary Tom Landry spent his entire 29-year coaching career in Dallas.

Belichick had success elsewhere, but the script wouldn’t seem right with a closing setting outside of New England. The best often know when to quit, and Belichick is there. He might even regret sticking around this long considering the current state of the Pats, but he’d be the first to admit that doesn’t justify digging a deeper hole.

Ranking NFL head-coaching candidates for 2024 | CBS Sports

10. Eric Bieniemy

Current position: Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, Washington Commanders

Bieniemy left the Chiefs last offseason to get out from under Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes’ shadow and give himself a better chance at becoming a head coach. He joined the Commanders as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach and did have Sam Howell playing at a serviceable level for most of the year. That said, it remains to be seen if what he was able to put together throughout this season will be enough to have a team actually spring to hire him as their next head coach.

2022 QB class is what we thought it was, while the time is now for Lamar Jackson to get a ring | Yahoo Sports

Everyone was right about the 2022 quarterback class

Sometimes, prognostications are right. Almost everyone who scouted or forecasted the 2022 draft class was low on the quarterback prospects, and it appears that was the correct assessment.

A.J. Brown says Eagles’ issues are not with coaches: ‘Coaches play zero snaps this year’ | NFL.com

“I could tell you that there may be things that Nick (Sirianni) wants to fix about himself and I’ll say, but one thing I can respect: Loyalty is not one of them,” Brown said. “And I say that because he takes up for us when it has nothing to do with him, and he gets the blame. But that comes with his job, and sometimes Jalen (Hurts) does the same thing. Just like Brian (Johnson), he gets the wrong end of the stick sometimes, when it be us.

“But like I said today, the coaches play zero snaps this year. It is not the coaches, it is us. Like I said, if one person goes the wrong way, the whole play is over with. As you guys see in this glimpse, it is highs and lows. So that’s why I feel like we are close. We are close to continue to getting better and continue to take that next step. All this freaking adversity, we’re right there.”

It has certainly been a rather uncomfortable month for the Eagles, who have lost four of their past five games, including last-second defeats at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. In those two games, defensive breakdowns led to losses. But Philadelphia has also struggled to find a consistent offensive rhythm throughout much of the 2023 campaign, a stark contrast to where the Eagles stood at this point a year ago.

In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride

Andy Reid confirms Patrick Mahomes will rest in Week 18 against Chargers

In the opening statement of his press conference, Reid revealed the plan to rest quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Week 18, giving the starting reigns to backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert for the week.

“We’ll rotate the other guys in as we go,” Reid added to his announcement.

Mahomes and any other starter getting a full game of rest will be using it to further prepare for the playoffs. The Chiefs are locked into the AFC’s No. 3 seed, meaning the team will host a postseason game on Wild Card Weekend no matter what happens on Sunday.

In Reid’s eyes, that doesn’t lead to the Week 18 bout against the Los Angeles Chargers becoming meaningless. There are just different things to take away from Sunday’s result.

“This is not a less-important game,” Reid assured. “It’s just different guys in important positions playing the game and playing well. You don’t just throw these games out; that’s not what we’re doing with that.”

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