For your convenience, here is a previous post on the topic: https://arrowheadguys.com/?p=97722
I’ll be straight with y’all, I lifted this from Larch’s comment last night, after he suggested it was OK to do it. However, I want to point out that he’s making his case for his points, he’s not on a crusade that his is the only correct opinion. Healthy conversation’s his goal – what do you expect, he’s Canadian.
For discussion’s sake, I am going to argue the case for Patrick Mahomes to be held out of the Chiefs’ AFCCG. Please understand that I have no doubt about Mahomes’ mental fortitude and determination. He is an incredible, special competitor, and I believe the Chiefs offense is better with him under center. So here goes, and I’m preparing to duck any incoming flying objects once I’ve finished.
- Mahomes is under contract with the Chiefs until 2031 and any year he is at QB he gives the Chiefs a chance at an SB because he is that good. So why risk further injury to his ankle which might require surgical repair and a prolonged absence from the field, and which could conceivably affect his ankle over the long haul?
- GM Brett Veach and colleagues are doing a good job of balancing the roster with youth to help build sustained success, so why risk Mahomes having permanent difficulty with that ankle?
- It is going to be cold in KC for the AFCCG. The Chiefs seem to have a good field surface and a good field crew, nonetheless if there is any chance of slippery conditions then it will be tougher for his taped-up ankle. This adds to the risk of further injury to his ankle.
- QB Chad Henne is not Patrick Mahomes, but he is a known quantity with experience who has shown he can do a satisfactory job. (“Hennething is possible.”)
- The Chiefs are loaded with talent on offense: Kelce, Pachecco, McKinnon, JJSS, MVS, Toney, Grey, the Belldozer, Skyy Moore and more. Surely HC Reid and OC Bieniemy can script an offense with this talent which would help Henne be successful.
- I believe the Chiefs can beat the Bengals with Henne at QB.
- I believe the Chiefs defense can hold down Burrow et al. sufficiently to make Henne a winner.
- One week of recovery from a high ankle sprain seems insufficient for long-term joint health. Three weeks’ recovery time seems preferable for long term joint health.
- Mahomes may also be superhuman when it comes to healing. Rick Burkholdter and colleagues might be one of the best training staffs in the NFL. Nonetheless, Mahomes’ ankle will be nowhere near 100% by game-time next weekend. Given that, there is added risk to further injuring that ankle.
Many of my points emphasize taking the long view over immediate success. I have not even mentioned the long-term insofar as Patrick Mahomes the retired football player is concerned, but this also should be a factor. In today’s MH Gonz commented with a comparison to Michael Jordan who played on a bum ankle in a championship game. I believe Mahomes has already earned his place alongside Jordan amongst superlative athletes, and I believe Mahomes has the grit to play on that bum ankle. I’m just not sure that letting him play next weekend is the wisest choice. I have no doubt that this discussion is taking place at 1 Arrowhead Drive, so why not here also? Okay, I’m ducking out for a bit, but I’ll check back later this evening to read all your comments.
And me being me, this is an edited version of his comment. I wonder how many changes he’ll be able to point out without comparing. I’m still the guy who can make any writer look smarter, after all. 😉
But what do I know? I’m all verklempt, discuss.