A Fanpost by stjoechief:
The whole Tyreek Hill situation sucks pond scum. No one except those directly involved know whether Hill did anything wrong or even whether any child abuse or neglect occurred. Without direct knowledge of what, if anything, happened I am of the opinion that the whole thing was an attempt by some disgruntled person to sabotage Hill’s contract extension. This is based purely on the timing of the complaints and the fact that Hill was mentioned in the first report but not in the second. The Chiefs and the NFL are rightly holding off on any action until the investigation is complete. So my hope and expectation is that nothing will happen and Tyreek will get his extension done, just a little later than it would have been otherwise.
There is always the chance that Hill really was a party to endangering a child or that the investigation leaves some doubt about it. Depending on how damning the final report is, he could face a suspension, time on the infamous “Commissioner’s Exempt List,” or even be cut by the Chiefs. And while such actions might be fully justified, and even necessary, from a football standpoint it would hurt. A lot. The combination of Mahomes and Hill gives the Chiefs’ offense the capability to score on any play from any position on the field.
We saw it repeatedly last year and nothing Brett Veach could do at this point can fully replace that. Mahomes will be all right even without Hill’s elite talent, but the offense wouldn’t be as explosive. I hope the front office is making contingency plans to mitigate the loss of Hill’s services, just in case. So here are some things that I think may result from the possibility of losing Tyreek Hill.
- Everyone needs to pray for the health of Sammy Watkins. Watkins isn’t Hill, but he’s fast, runs great routes, has good hands, and is a great YAC guy. He’s the closest thing to a Hill replacement for 2019 that the Chiefs are going to get. We all know about his injury history. So if you’re Protestant, say a prayer. If you’re Catholic, light a candle. If you practice Voodoo, sacrifice a rooster. Whatever it takes to get some positive mojo going.
- The Chiefs may spend some of the money designated for Hill on a free agent wide receiver. The pickings are pretty slim at this point (Michael Crabtree anyone?) but a veteran addition of some sort would likely be needed. This might have been in their plans already but I would have expected something before now if it was.
- The defense will have to get better fast. Right now, on paper the defensive personnel situation looks worse than last year. Any falloff in offensive production will require the defense to step up. And without Hill I foresee at least a few games in which the offense scores less than 26 points. There are still pieces that will be added so the roster we see today won’t be the roster on opening day. But Steve Spagnuolo may be under more pressure than he anticipated when he took the defensive coordinator job.
- The Chiefs’ draft strategy may change. I can’t see them taking a wide receiver in the first round, but they might feel the need to spend one of their second round picks on a vertical threat with good hands. That doesn’t reduce the need for help on defense; I hope they come away with at least two potential starting defensive players in the first two rounds. But it may mean they keep all three of their top picks this year, which could limit Veach’s ability to trade up.
- The Chiefs would become very hesitant to bring in any player with a history of violence. Losing Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill in rapid succession over off the field violence would likely leave a very bad taste in Clark Hunt’s mouth. I doubt he would allow any more risky players to be brought in for a long time.
- The Cleveland Browns would move closer to being a Super Bowl team. If the Chiefs cut Tyreek Hill, you know John Dorsey will sign him to a cheap contract as soon as he possibly can. Baker Mayfield throwing to OBJ and the Cheetah with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in the backfield would be almost as tough as the Chiefs’ 2018 offense. I would not want to meet them in the playoffs.
If I had to bet right now, I would bet that Tyreek Hill is a Chief for the 2019 season and he continues to be the biggest weapon (at 5’ 10”) in Patrick Mahomes’ arsenal. But I’m a Chiefs fan, so I can never really be surprised by having the rug pulled out from under my hopes and dreams for this team. No one knows what is going to happen but those of us who have been around long enough have a piece of our consciousness, however small, that always expects the worst. Because Chiefs. So to finish on a brighter note, here’s that fourth and 9 play from the Ravens game: