Has it sunk in yet? Does it feel real? Well, get used to it. The Chiefs are the AFC champions and will play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in 12 days. It’s something that could happen several times in the next 10-15 years with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback.
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OFF THE TOP: WHO WAS BETTER? 2018-2019 CHIEFS OFFENSE VS THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF RAMS OFFENSE
The Chiefs offense reminds me of another team I once followed: the 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams. The Rams were called The Greatest Show on Turf when they lit up the league behind quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk, and wide receivers Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim, and Ricky Proehl. I started thinking about this after the Chiefs defeated the Titans on Sunday. Which offense was better at the skill positions? And by the way, both offensive lines were good and not as interesting as the skill positions so I’m not putting them in the mix. Both lines let their skill position players do what they wanted. I didn’t do much in the way of stats although I looked up some. I’m more comparing my memory of the Rams and Chiefs at their best. The following is just my off the top thoughts and not exhaustive research. Let’s have some fun.
RB: Damien Williams vs Marshall Faulk – This position isn’t a fair fight. Marshall Faulk was easily the better player. He was considered by many to be the best or among the best at his position that season. Damien Williams is good but he’s no Marshall Faulk. Faulk excelled at both rushing and receiving. Faulk won the MVP award in 2000. This one would be hard to argue against Faulk.
WR: Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, and Demarcus Robinson vs Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Az-Zahir Hakim, and Ricky Proehl – This is much tougher. Tyreek Hill is the fastest player in the game. The Rams had two great receivers in Bruce and Holt but none that had the speed of Hill. Of course, nobody has the speed of Hill. The Chiefs receivers have more speed although the Rams were by no means slow. I would be happy with either set of receivers. This is incredibly hard for me to pick so I’m calling it a draw. If I was forced to pick one I would take the Rams right now simply because I think the bottom two receivers for the Rams were slightly better than the bottom two receivers for the Chiefs. Although, this could change in a year or two as Hardman gets more experience. But let’s call it a draw.
TE: Travis Kelce vs Jeff Robinson and Roland Williams – Let’s not waste any time here. The Rams’ tight ends were used effectively but were no match for Kelce. Travis Kelce will go down as one of the best tight ends to ever play the game. Heck, he might be the best to ever play.
QB: Patrick Mahomes vs Kurt Warner – I love watching both of these guys. Kurt Warner came from out of nowhere after Trent Green was knocked out for the season on a questionable hit in the preseason by Rodney Harrison. We learned quickly that Warner was a star. The Rams became Warner’s team and Trent Green never got the opportunity to lead his hometown club.
Warner was a drop-back quarterback with a classic arm. Patrick Mahomes has an even stronger arm than Warner and can throw it from any arm slot he needs to in order to get the ball to the desired receiver. Plus Mahomes can move around much better than Warner.
As good as I think Kurt Warner was, I have already gone on record saying that Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback today and probably in the history of the NFL. That could change if he falls apart after this season but I don’t see any chance that will happen. He’s a star.
The Rams had a huge advantage at running back. The receivers were a draw to me. The Chiefs had the huge advantage at tight end and although that’s not as big of a deal as the running back since Faulk was as much a receiving running back as he was a rusher, it is a significant difference. Patrick Mahomes does things no quarterback has ever done. He gets the edge over Kurt Warner but not by as much as many might think. Over time that gap might widen for me as I watch Mahomes’ career.
These are two pretty even offenses. They were both incredibly effective. In the end, though I give the slightest edge to the Chiefs simply because of the quarterback. When in doubt I will take the offense with the better quarterback. These two offenses are very close in my opinion. Give me Patrick Mahomes though.
Oh, and if we include the play-caller I’ll take Andy Reid any day over Mike Martz even though Martz was pretty good at it. Reid is just better than almost anyone ever has been at calling plays.
Jalen Wilson is running some in practice. Bill Self said that they hope to make a decision on him playing this season within the next two weeks. Wilson wants to play if he can. Self wants to see what he can do physically and if he will fit into the offense somewhere.
Marcus Garrett did not hit his head on the floor in the Texas game. He hurt his shoulder when he landed. He is ok today.
The Royals announced an extension of their player development contract with Double-A Northwest Arkansas for two years. This extension runs through the 2022 season.
The Braves reached an agreement with Felix Hernandez on a minor league contract and an invitation to Spring Training. The Seattle Mariners decided to not re-sign Hernandez after 15 years with the club.
WHAT TO WATCH
Kansas hosts Kansas State tonight at 6:00 pm on ESPN2. These two teams split last season with each winning at home, however, Kansas is 9-1 in the series going back to 2016. This game will be the first between the two schools in the Big 12 era in which Kansas State won the conference the previous season without tying with Kansas. It’s kind of a big deal.
There is some thought that Kansas State might be ready to win in Lawrence for the first time since 2006 after handling West Virginia on Saturday, a West Virginia team that the Jayhawks barely escaped with a win. I don’t see it that way at all. Kansas State shot 65% on two-point shots and 50% on three-point shots in that game. There is no way they do that or anything close to that in this game. Kansas is a 15 point favorite which sounds about right to me.
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