Chiefs news for 26 January 2020
When the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers take the field in Super Bowl LV, it’ll be the fifth meeting between opposing quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady. These two have shared in some exciting games in the three seasons that Mahomes has been the starter in Kansas City.
In Mahomes’ first two games against Brady, the Chiefs fell short. It wasn’t a complete shock, the young superstar in the NFL at the quarterback position falling against the undisputed GOAT. In the 2018 AFC Championship Game, the duel between the two stars came down to overtime. Mahomes never had a chance to possess the ball after Brady marched down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown.
“He’s got a torn Achilles tendon,” Reid told reporters of Fisher’s injury on Monday. “And they’re observing now exactly how bad, what needs to be done here and how soon.”
“Yeah, listen I can’t even tell you that, I don’t even know how optimistic I am about that,” Reid said. “The other guys are doing a nice job and we should be able to be OK there with the guys that we have, who will step in. If Mitch (Schwartz) can work it out to where he can go, that’s great. There’s nobody that wants to be there more than him. But I just can’t tell you that I’m that optimistic about it.”
“Yeah, listen, he’s dirty tough,” Reid said of Remmers. “I joke, he’s like a throwback. He is Redbeard, he breaks out his sword and he’s ready to go. So I appreciate him and his toughness and he’s a smart kid. He’s really fit in well with the whole program here.”
When Darrel Williams continued to punish opposing defenses for a second straight postseason game, it was a reminder of how important undrafted free agent signings can be. When Chris Lammons showcased tremendous instincts as a special teams gunner early in the first quarter, it revealed how important small in-season signings can become.
Former sixth-round pick Rashad Fenton iced the game with a late interception that put the game out of reach for the Bills. Seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti has been a mainstay at left guard ever since the Chiefs lost Kelechi Osemele for the season. Speaking of the line, the entire offensive front has been a patchwork effort, a line currently manned by journeyman vets and young players stepping up.
“We say it every year going into the draft and the offseason. These are long seasons. Week in and week out, it’s tough to win games. Long season is a battle of attrition. It’s not a question of if but when the next guy’s gotta step up. So we take a lot of pride in building the roster.
“Certainly we have superstars at the top but we know as the season goes on—as you mention guys like Mike Remmers and Darrel Williams—those guys keep seasons going. Those guys are gonna be called upon. You never know when but these guys train and prepare and work their tails off.”
The Chiefs had four sacks on Josh Allen, so I’ve made sure to include every player who was able to take down the Bills’ elusive quarterback. Tanoh Kpassagnon was one of those players, sacking Allen late in the game when it was seemingly out of reach.
On Sunday, Fenton had the lone interception of the game, picking off Allen in the third quarter. L’Jarius Sneed had just gotten injured and left the game, which put Fenton into the action in his place. Right away, he made a difference and gave his team the ball back.
That’s what Allegretti did all night, he just flat out dominated the Bills defensive line. The Buccaneers pose a tougher challenge, but Allegretti has easily been one of the young stars of this team. Because he plays on the offensive line though, he doesn’t get the praise he deserves, so I’m giving him that praise now.
As a result, Hardman finished the night with 54 total yards and a touchdown. Yes, 50 of those yards were from one run, but that run got the Chiefs in Bills territory and they scored a touchdown not long after. Hardman also had the first touchdown grab of the game for KC and that was something that needed to happen after he fumbled. Props to Hardman for being able to put his mistake behind him and use it as motivation.
Zero players have won the league MVP award and the Super Bowl in same season since Kurt Warner did it with the St. Louis Rams in 1999. This year’s expected MVP-winner is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who led the NFL with a career-high 48 touchdown passes and only threw five interceptions during the regular season. He led the Packers to a 13-3 record and reached his second consecutive NFC Championship Game in 2020, but one of the few teams that got the best of him during the regular season came back to haunt him in the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to become the one and only team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl at their home stadium. Super Bowl LV will be played at Raymond James Stadium, where the Bucs won five of their eight home games this season. While having the Super Bowl in your own backyard is certainly an advantage, the Bucs have been road warriors this season. They only lost two games away from home during the regular season, and now they’re ripping through the playoffs with three straight road victories.
If the Buccaneers can defeat the Chiefs, Bruce Arians would become the oldest coach to win the Super Bowl. Arians, 68, is also in pursuit of his first Super Bowl win as a head coach. He served as Pittsburgh’s receivers coach when the Steelers defeated the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Three years later, Arians was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator when Pittsburgh defeated the Cardinals in one of the best Super Bowls ever played. A two-time NFL Coach of the Year, Arians, who didn’t become a head coach until the age of 60, is 67-44-1 as a head coach in the regular season and 6-4 in the postseason.
With a win, Mahomes would surpass Brady as the youngest quarterback in history with two Super Bowl wins under his belt. Brady was 26 years old when he led the Patriots to a 32-29 win over the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, the second of three Super Bowl wins for the Patriots during the early 2000s. Mahomes will be 25 years and 143 days old when he takes his first snap in Super Bowl LV. Brady, by virtue of his victory in Super Bowl LIII, is already the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl. The youngest starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl is Ben Roethlisberger, who was 23 years old when Pittsburgh defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL.
Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP last year when he accounted for three scores, including two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter that helped rally the Chiefs past the San Francisco 49ers for a 31-20 win in Super Bowl LIV.
The quarterback of the winning team has won MVP 29 times, including in eight of the past 11 Super Bowls. But there are some intriguing playmakers on both teams. Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are each 13-1. Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette is 25-1, followed by Kansas City running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire at 30-1.
“This isn’t the only time,” defensive lineman Chris Jones said in the euphoric moments after the Super Bowl win. “We are going to crank this thing up. Kansas City, we are going to build something special here and we are going to come back. We are going to come back. This is not the only one we are going to win for coach [Andy] Reid and the Hunt family. We are going to come back and we are going to make it happen.
“We had a good core and nucleus with Pat [Mahomes] and Chris [Jones] and Tyrann [Mathieu], and I think our mindset was to just fill in as much talent as we could,” general manager Brett Veach said after the victory over the Bills. “I think you know when you have a Hall of Fame coach and you have the best player in the National Football League that you’re going to have a chance to win every game. I think we knew that there was a good chance that we could go out there and compete week in and week out.