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Arrowheadlines: It’s time to end the droughtby Tom Childs on January 23, 2020 at 11:30 am
Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images Chiefs headlines for Thursday, January 23 The latest 2020 Super Bowl: 54 things to know about Super Bowl 54, including fun facts about Chiefs vs. 49ers and more | CBS Sports 5. If the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV, they will end the second-longest Lombardi Trophy drought among teams that have already won a Super Bowl. Nine different franchises have yet to win a single Super Bowl, but among teams that have done so, only the New York Jets (51 years) have endured a longer stretch in between titles. Patrick Mahomes is built to rally the Chiefs from a Super Bowl deficit | SB Nation Aided by drops and some general lethargy across the Chiefs lineup, Mahomes’ first quarters in the postseason have seen him play roughly as well as Kyle Orton did in Kansas City. This is in stark contrast to Mahomes’ numbers during the regular season, when he’s recorded a career 107.9 passer rating, a 20:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and run for 7.5 yards per carry in the first quarter. With that bad stretch out of the way, Mahomes turns into one of the greatest playmakers the NFL has ever seen. Only one of his 11 playoff touchdown passes has come in the first 15 minutes of game time. He’s also run for six total yards in the first quarter of those games (3.0 yards per carry, zero touchdowns) and 119 yards in the final 45 minutes (6.6 yards per carry, two touchdowns). Five moves that propelled Chiefs from 2-14 to the Super Bowl | ESPN Trading for quarterback Alex Smith, 2013 Still, it’s difficult to overstate Smith’s importance in turning the Chiefs from a joke of a franchise to a model for the rest of the league. He stabilized the quarterback spot, one that had been occupied in Kansas City in the years before his arrival by players such as Damon Huard, Brodie Croyle, Tyler Thigpen, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton, Tyler Palko and Brady Quinn. Roundup: Texans S Reid played with torn labrum | NFL.com Here’s other news we’re monitoring around the NFL on Wednesday: Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones, who’s been dealing with a calf injury that saw him miss the AFC Divisional Round against the Texans, came out of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday doing well without any setbacks, coach Andy Reid said. 53 Super Bowl rings, 53 stories | ESPN Jan Stenerud, K The 1969 Chiefs didn’t have a public event to distribute the rings to honor their Super Bowl IV victory. “We got our rings in the mail in June, I think it was,” Stenerud said. “It was very quiet.” The rings came with a small wooden plaque that read: “Remember that you are World Champions. Handle yourself with class and style, grace and dignity.” It was signed: “Hank Stram, head coach.” Patrick Mahomes HS coach says he is poster child for playing multiple sports | Clutch Points “Because he played multiple sports, the overlay of all of those experiences and skills are there in the NFL,” Cook told Wetzel. “It’s all just one game for Patrick. It’s always been just one big game, just on different playing surfaces. In high school football you are guaranteed just 10 games. Instead Patrick was always playing something and learning how to win along the way.” Here’s our Chiefs All-Time Top 60, ranked. Who’s underrated? Who did we (gulp) omit? | Kansas City Star 10. Patrick Mahomes, QB, 2017-current … Mahomes has accomplished the unthinkable in his two seasons as a starter, throwing for 5,000-plus yards and 50 TDS in becoming the first Chiefs player to win the NFL MVP award in 2018 and leading the club to its first Super Bowl in 50 years with a magnificent postseason performance that included five TD passes against Houston and a 27-yard TD run for the ages in the AFC Championship Game against Tennessee. Around the NFL Likely MVP Lamar Jackson says he’s ‘gotta work on everything’ to improve as passer | ESPN Asked what he needs to improve upon as a passer, Jackson said, “Everything. I’m not the best, I’m not the greatest. I’m going into my third year, and I’m trying to get somewhere. I’m trying to get to the Super Bowl. So I gotta work on everything.” Every NFL team’s projected 2020 starting QB: Where Tom Brady could land, and what it means for the other 31 | CBS Sports Los Angeles Chargers – Tom Brady. I’ve long heard this spot would hold unique appeal with Brady and have done significant reporting on it since. His trainers and infrastructure are already in SoCal, his family would be a very short private plane ride away, he enjoyed living in Malibu before, holds off-season workouts at USC. He’d be in Hollywood, where a second career as a producer or media mogul of some sort likely awaits and his buddies Matt Damon and Ben Affleck make power moves. He’d be in the perfect spot to market his TB12 brand. It would be huge for the fight to make football really matter in LA. The NFL office would be doing private cartwheels. Stan Kroenke, who is building that $4B stadium in Inglewood, would be overjoyed. If Brady does actually leave New England, this would be top of his list from everything I gather (and that list would not be very long). Could the Chargers close a move of this magnitude? Perhaps we’ll find out, as either way it’s looked for a while that Philip Rivers is on the way out. Heck, they could draft a Justin Herbert and have him sit behind Brady for two years. Eli Manning announces retirement | Giants.com “For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” said John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.” In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride Stacking the Box Score: Two unsung heroes of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run For the Chiefs, one player sticks out head and shoulders above the rest. Any guesses? That’s right: Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs passing offense is nearly twice as efficient when Watkins is on the field, averaging a whopping 0.30 EPA/play when he’s there (about 500 regular-season snaps), and just 0.16 when he isn’t (approximately 160 regular-season snaps). No other player has such a drastic split. Except for Patrick Mahomes, no other player has a higher efficiency. This has paid huge dividends this postseason. As this chart shows, among all pass catchers in the postseason, Watkins has the highest EPA per target. Follow Arrowhead Pride on Social Media Facebook Page: Click here to like our page AP Instagram: Follow @ArrowheadPride AP Twitter: Follow @ArrowheadPride AP Editor-in-Chief: Pete Sweeney: Follow @pgsween 610 Sports Twitter: Follow @610SportsKC
Chiefs-49ers Wednesday injury report: Robinson sick, two others limitedby John Dixon on January 23, 2020 at 2:08 am
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Only one Chiefs player didn’t practice on Wednesday. Each practice day of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs travel to Miami Gardens, Florida to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV a week from this Sunday at 5:20 p.m. Arrowhead Time. Here is the Chiefs’ first injury report from Wednesday — the first of the week: 49ers Notes: On Wednesday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that defensive tackle Chris Jones “feels pretty good.” Jones was limited to 28 snaps — about two in five defensive snaps — against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. “He didn’t have a setback, so that was good,” Reid said. “We kept it to that 20-play area right there — which was smart, I think.” It’s likely that Jones being limited this week is just the team giving him as much opportunity as possible for his strained calf to heal up. While he didn’t address Travis Kelce directly, the tight end is likely in much the same situation as Jones. Unlike the week before against the Houston Texans, Kelce was not limited in snaps on Sunday. Just the same, the team will likely want to give him as much rest as possible before the championship game. Reid said Demarcus Robinson missed Wednesday’s practice with an illness. “He’s sick,” said the head coach. “Getting better, but sick.” 49ers running back Tevin Coleman suffered what was reported to be a dislocated shoulder during the team’s win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. While he did not practice on Wednesday, there is optimism in San Francisco that he will be available for the Super Bowl. 49ers defensive end Dee Ford missed some games in the second half of the season with a quadricep injury. He played what appears to have been a normal snap count in the 49ers’ two postseason games. It is likely he is being limited to give his injury more time to heal.
Wednesday night tailgateby John Dixon on January 22, 2020 at 11:30 pm
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports It’s been 18,273 days since Super Bowl IV. Just 11 days remain until the next one. Ethan uncovered unsung heroes of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run Robert explained why a Patrick Mahomes narrative doesn’t matter And Kent checked in from Mobile with five potential Chiefs targets at the Senior Bowl Shall we vote? Have an amazing evening! I trust you will be kind to each other.
Chris Jones on track to play more in Super Bowl LIV than in AFC title gameby Pete Sweeney on January 22, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports According to Andy Reid, the Chiefs had Jones on a snap count against the Titans. Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones strained his calf on Thursday, January 9. It cost him his participation in the team’s Divisional round game against the Houston Texans. that weekend. The following week, the Chiefs gave Jones Wednesday and Thursday off, then put him on the field for limited reps last Friday ahead of the AFC championship game against the Tennessee Titans. For the second week in a row, Jones was a game-time decision — but this time, he played. Jones was in the game for 28 defensive snaps — 42 percent — and more importantly for the Chiefs, he came out of the game with no setbacks. The @Chiefs pass rush was most effective when DT Chris Jones was on the field—Jones ON: 7 pressures, 3 sacks (39% QBP rate)Jones OFF: 1 pressure, 0 sacks (6% QBP rate)#TENvsKC | #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/oOugaR66jt— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 19, 2020 “I think he feels pretty good,” said head coach Andy Reid on Wednesday. “He didn’t have a setback, so that was good. We kept it to that 20-play area right there — which was smart, I think.” Jones registered two tackles and a quarterback hit in the game. “Good for him,” added Reid. “And he didn’t wear us out on it — I know he wanted to play and so he didn’t completely beat us up on it every five seconds. But when he got in there, he did some nice things. Initially, we started him on third downs and then he was feeling good, [so] we put him in a couple second-half situations.” Now with two weeks to rest the injury — and the Chiefs entering the final game of the season in Super Bowl LIV — it is fair to expect that Jones will be a full -go against the San Francisco 49ers. As for the rest of the Chiefs, they are treating this week in Kansas City as if they are playing this Sunday. “We’ll take it all the way through to Friday,” said Reid. “Saturday, it’s shut down so they can get everything together to move (to Miami) on Sunday. So we’ll be going, and then we get down there, we’ll practice on Monday, Tuesday — we kind of get back into a normal routine.” Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson was the only Chiefs player to miss practice Wednesday. Reid said he was sick.
Video: Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, Anthony Hitchens and Mitch Schwartz speak to the mediaby Pete Sweeney on January 22, 2020 at 9:02 pm
Watch full press conferences here at Arrowhead Pride. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, linebacker Anthony Hitchens and right tackle Mitch Schwartz spoke to the media on Wednesday. Watch their full press conferences below: Head coach Andy Reid Quarterback Patrick Mahomes Linebacker Anthony Hitchens Right tackle Mitch Schwartz