This week is all about the Chiefs. We are just one day away from the biggest football game for the city of Kansas City in 50 years. They are led by a coach who almost the entire league is rooting for and a quarterback who is already the best in the history of the NFL. So, sit back, relax, and read the best writing about the Chiefs heading into the Super Bowl.
Here is this week’s Saturday Reader…
Four days after accepting the NFL MVP award, Patrick Mahomes requested a workout schedule for the offseason to make sure he took his team deeper into the playoffs this season. When his little league team was chewed out by their coach he stood up and led the team by reminding them how good they were. Sam McDowell wrote a piece for the Kansas City Star about Patrick Mahomes and his resolve and look-ahead mentality that has made him who he is today.
The Chiefs overhauled their defense after last season. They brought in Steve Spagnuolo to coach the defense. They acquired Frank Clark. But the Chiefs likely wouldn’t be in the Super Bowl without Tyrann Mathieu. Vahe Gregorian wrote a piece for the Kansas City Star explaining how Mathieu’s energy and leadership have transformed the defense into one of the best in the league.
Patrick Mahomes amazes fans every week with the things he does on the football field. More impressive than that is how he amazes his teammates. Guys who practice with him every day and who have seen the best players in the NFL up close are amazed at what they see from Patrick Mahomes. Lindsay Jones and Nate Taylor talked with Mahomes’ teammates and let them tell us their favorite Patrick Mahomes moments.
Those of us who were not alive when the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV have heard about 65 Toss Power Trap. That’s what the Chiefs call their media production team. You might not completely understand why that play is so important to the franchise. Conor Orr wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated that explains the importance of the play in the history of the Chiefs.
I am not alone in thinking that Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL. I thought I was alone in considering Mahomes, in just his second season of playing, the best quarterback in NFL history. Although others might not go that far, he is apparently considered by some as one of the best ever. Michael Rosenberg wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated about how we will be watching an NFL great play in this season’s Super Bowl.
Steve Spagnuolo got his start in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles under then-head coach Andy Reid. When the Chiefs overhauled the defense after last season Reid once again reached out to Spagnuolo. Albert Breer wrote a piece for Sports Illustrated about how Spagnuolo feels indebted to Andy Reid and would like nothing more than to help Reid win his first Super Bowl.
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