Chiefs news for 8 July 2020
“I haven’t gotten to the point mentally where I’m thinking about retirement,” Reid said. “I love doing what I’m doing. . . .
“I talked to him, I think, before I signed the deal, and he said what he said to y’all, that he had no thoughts of retiring any time soon. Obviously that’s a huge part of it,” said Mahomes.
“The Honey Badger is part of this too,” said Reid, who was referring to Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu. “He was the first guy that texted myself and [GM Brett Veach] when the deal got done. He just said, ‘Hey, what a great thing you did.’ But both those two make our jobs very enjoyable. Being able to come to work and having two great leaders like that along with the other guys that love to play the game.”
“No offense, but you can’t do this with every single organization,” Mahomes said. “With the stability and the culture that we have in the Chiefs organization. I felt very comfortable and had a lot of trust that I could do a contract like this, knowing that we’re going to have the same stability by the time I’m at the end of that contract.”
“I haven’t gotten to that point mentally where I’m thinking about retirement,” said Reid, the 2002 NFL Coach of the Year. “I love doing what I’m doing. One of the great things about this job is when you look forward to coming to work [to see] the players and coaches. I’m lucky enough to be around good players and coaches. And this guy here (Mahomes) makes it even better. We always talk about the great quarterbacks make everybody around them greater, and he has the unique ability to do that with his teammates … If it takes me into my ’70s, let’s roll. Doggone it, I’m ready to go.”
According to Jori Epstein of USA Today, Chiefs fan Katie Camlin sent out a tweet about Mahomes signing an extension 90 minutes prior to Schefter. Camlin told USA Today that at 1:21 p.m., her boss at Plaza Liquor in Kansas City, Missouri, informed her that Chiefs employees had come into the store looking to purchase six bottles of Dom Perignon champagne.
“They didn’t sign that long-term contract but they saw players who did and … how they were able to go out there and play free, knowing they had the security that they had always wanted,” Mahomes said. “The biggest thing they preached to me is kind of the same thing I already thought. It was good to just hear them. You want to have great players around you. You don’t want to be a guy that takes up all the money and then all of a sudden you’re having to sign different guys that will take cheaper deals. We’re going to be able to reward players and keep a lot of these guys around that have built the culture even before I was here.”
24 reasons why Mahomes deserves that. 0 Doubts he will win more Super Bowls.
— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) July 7, 2020
He references the 24-0 lead the Houston Texans, his former team, had in the playoffs over the Chiefs before Mahomes rallied his team to a 51-31 to advance, eventually becoming Super Bowl champions.
Lesson Learned: The Chiefs must keep drafting offensive weapons to put around Mahomes. This is the most important thing we’ve learned from Green Bay. Given the selections of wide receiver Mecole Hardman in 2019 and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in 2020, Veach seems committed to this.
Lesson Learned: The Chiefs must invest heavily in the offensive line, and they must be right about their investments. In two seasons as the starter, Mahomes has been sacked 34 times (2018, ranked 15th) and 23 times (2019, ranked 28th, but missed two starts). Right now, Kansas City has one of the best pair of tackles in football. We’ll see what the future holds.
Lesson Learned: Kansas City must choose defensive leaders that give the unit a true identity and serve as cornerstones for the squad for years to come. Frank Clark has been selected as piece number one. Who’s next? It could be defensive end Chris Jones or safety Tyrann Mathieu. It could also be someone younger like safety Juan Thornhill or linebacker Willie Gay, Jr.
“I still don’t think I’m allowed to play basketball,” Mahomes said. “I’m sure baseball is not going to be allowed as well. I know there are a lot of [things he is prohibited from doing]. They have everything from like jet skiing to I don’t know what all the things are. I read a lot of them. It’s every pretty much physical activity you can possibly do. I’ll probably be sticking to football and video games for awhile now.”