Chiefs news for 9 September 2020
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[1. Mahomes] Honestly, whom did you expect to see here? Mox from Varsity Blues? Nah … Mahomes’ body of work over the last two seasons gave me 503 million reasons to slot him at No. 1. All before he turned 25 years old, Mahomes was named league MVP (2018) and led his team to its first championship in 50 years, earning the Super Bowl MVP award along the way. He’s made history and is chasing more of it.
On Thursday, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs will play host to the Houston Texans. There’s a full slate of games Sunday, including an NFC South showdown between Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.
[No.1] “I’m just as excited, I’ll promise you that. Every time I go to the football field, Arrowhead Stadium, or whatever field we’re playing at, to get to suit up and play for the Kansas City Chiefs, I have the ultimate excitement, no matter if it’s preseason or the Super Bowl. I promise you I’ll have that mentality going into this first game.”
To have players buying into something like that, you have to consistently win. If you think back to the early 2000s and the dawn of the Patriots’ dynasty, Belichick wasn’t seen as a puppet master supervillain in a hoodie. Spygate started that. Before winning their first few Super Bowls, he also wasn’t seen as the callous, winning-above-all coach who would cut his son if his replacement could catch one more pass or do it for one dollar less.
Then you have Andy Reid, who in many ways is the anti-Belichick. Reid’s an offensive genius, while Belichick’s brilliance was born in defense. Reid has a reputation, fair or not, for brain-farting time management and challenges in critical moments. Belichick is both loathed and revered for his obsessive maintenance of those details, many times giving the Patriots the edge in close games. Belichick spent the last two decades winning titles at an unmatched pace. Reid spent them struggling to get to the top of the mountain just once.
The next NFL dynasty will not come when someone else figures out how to copy “The Patriot Way.” That strategy builds no dynasty without its two architects. The next dynasty will come when another once-in-a-generation coach and quarterback find each other and begin building a new way that works only because they built it with their own unique gifts.
I think the only reason he wasn’t more involved last year was because there was just so much for him to absorb. I love Hardman as a player. I love the idea of getting him in a double-digit round in a fantasy draft this year totally understanding that his usage won’t be high enough to ultimately justify having him in your starting lineup but as a flyer, I think he’s one of the smartest in the sport.
“As the year went on, he got better and better and he got more confidence back there,” Toub told reporters on Monday. “Of course, we’ve got to block people up, I mean this group this week that we’re playing, they were number one in the league in kickoff coverage last year and kickoff and punt return too as well. So, we’ve got a good group coming in here, so we have to do a good job blocking. But he got better and better as the year went on last year and it kind of culminated in that game against Houston (Texans) with that 56-yard return that propelled us and kind of got us going in the right direction. So, you know he’s ready to take that next step. We’ve talked about it and I’m really, really excited about his future.”
“No question that’s my number one concern,” Spagnuolo said of tackling. “I’d echo that, if that’s what people are saying, I agree 100 percent. We’ve tried to simulate it as much as possible. We didn’t have a lot of live periods and we did a little bit of tackling in that way. I think the assistant coaches have done a great job getting it done as best they could. We have a big heavy bag out there we’re trying to hit. We try to put them in those positions. I don’t know whether this will help or not, but every day we watch tape of tackling, I’m talking about good tackles, how to tackle, so maybe it’s a visual thing. It’s a concern that we won’t know until we get into the middle of the game and see how some of these guys react.”
Once a long shot to make the roster, Wharton impressed mightily in training camp and earned his spot on the final roster. Yes, a lot of Wharton landing on the roster did have to do with Mike Pennel‘s two-game suspension, but hey – The guy deserves his moment.
Wharton will likely be thrown into the deep end of the pool right from the jump, as the Chiefs are going to need him to fill the gaps while Pennel is out. Keep an eye on the kid from Missouri S&T to see how he fares in his first ever glimpse of NFL action.