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Friday, February 28, 2020

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Patrick Mahomes open to taking hometown discount with Chiefs?

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes is eligible for a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and the assumption is that he will become the highest-paid player in NFL history. While that will likely happen, it does not sound like he wants to put the Chiefs in salary cap prison.

Matt Verderame of Fansided spoke with Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, about the Super Bowl MVP’s contract situation. Steinberg mentioned that he wants to get Mahomes the contract he deserves while allowing the Chiefs to field a competitive roster around the quarterback. As Steinberg put it, “Quarterback greatness is judged by Super Bowls.”

Mahomes is going to make a lot of money. His contract extension will almost certainly set a new record, but his stock is also as high as possible. He could probably name his price and the Chiefs would pay it. That doesn’t mean he has to, however.

We have heard some eye-popping numbers thrown around with reports about Mahomes’ next contract, but his agent’s comments have to be considered a positive sign for the Chiefs. While Mahomes may not be looking to follow the Tom Brady approach by taking significantly less than market value, that doesn’t mean he’s looking to make life more difficult for the Chiefs than it has to be.

Video: Police chase broke out just before Chiefs Super Bowl parade

Things are expected to get plenty rowdy in the streets of Kansas City on Wednesday as the Chiefs celebrate their first championship in 50 years, but it will be tough to top the action that took place before the victory parade even began.

A police chase broke out just after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning when a car busted through one of the parade barriers and tried to get away. Kansas City Police were eventually able to perform a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver to stop the vehicle, and thankfully nobody was injured.

Kansas City Police issued a statement saying two suspects have been taken into custody and the driver is being investigated for impairment.

We knew there would be plenty of action at the parade if Travis Kelce’s antics up to this point are any indication, but a police chase on a street lined with thousands of people is the stuff nightmares are made of. Kudos to the Kansas City Police for proving they were prepared and handling the situation as well as possible.

Eric Bieniemy says Chiefs got trick play from 1948 Rose Bowl

Eric Bieniemy

The Kansas City Chiefs dug way deep into the history book to come up with the trick play they ran with success in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Down 3-0 late in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers, the Chiefs made a bold decision to go for it on 4th-and-1. They broke out a trick play where the four players in the backfield spun around in a synchronized move to throw off the defense. The snap then went straight to Damien Williams rather than Patrick Mahomes, and Williams rushed for a first down and just missed a touchdown. Kansas City later scored to take a 7-3 lead.

Where did the Chiefs come up with such a play?

Offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said after the game that they were inspired by Michigan in the Rose Bowl in the 1940s.

Bieniemy thought it was the 1949 Rose Bowl, but it was actually the 1948 Rose Bowl that Michigan won 49-0 over USC. Michigan did not appear to do that exact spin, but they utilized tons of motion, shifting, fakes, and single-wing type of formations.

The trick plays worked in 1948, and they’re still working in 2020.

5 biggest reasons the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 54

The Kansas City Chiefs cemented their status as comeback kids by rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. The game was marked by Patrick Mahomes’ fourth quarter dramatics and a very impressive performance by the Chiefs’ defense.

Here are the five biggest reasons the Chiefs were able to take the title.

1. Comeback experience

It would be very easy for a team to tighten up and fall short down 10 points with less than 10 minutes to go in the Super Bowl. It was advantageous for the Chiefs, however, to have been in this situation in both their previous playoff games. Having fallen behind 24-0 to Houston, and 17-7 to Tennessee, the Chiefs didn’t panic and knew that their quick-strike offense could get them back in front on short notice. They may not have had to come from behind in the fourth quarter yet, but those games prepared them for Sunday.

2. Patrick Mahomes arrives at the right time

At the end of the game, Mahomes made the throws that his 49ers counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo did not. The Chiefs quarterback struggled for much of the game, missing receivers and being pressured by San Francisco’s front four. That changed in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs went to a more up-tempo offense. He made several key throws, and his pass to Sammy Watkins to set up Kansas City’s go-ahead touchdown was clutch. He also made a few key runs to get first downs his team needed. This was far from Mahomes’ best performance, but he showed he has what it takes to step up when his team needed it most.

3. Defense stepped up

The Chiefs defense has often been criticized over the last two years, and there have been serious doubts whether that unit was good enough to help win a Super Bowl. On Sunday, they proved that they were. On the 49ers’ second-to-last drive, they stepped up, forced the 49ers into 3rd-and 4th-and-long situations, and forced Garoppolo off the field with a key Kendall Fuller pass breakup followed by a big sack. NFC Championship star Raheem Mostert was held to 58 rushing yards, while Garoppolo was intercepted twice. It was the performance the Chiefs needed.

4. They outran the 49ers

Expectations were high for Mostert coming into this game on the heels of his 220-yard, four-touchdown performance in the NFC Championship. He didn’t come close to that Sunday night, being held to 58 yards on just 12 carries. He was thoroughly outplayed by Kansas City’s Damien Williams, who racked up 104 yards, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs have had their issues with the run, but it was the 49ers who had those problems Sunday, and it played a huge role in the outcome.

5. Kyle Shanahan’s conservatism

The San Francisco 49ers head coach called a very strange game. The offense was working quite well in the second and third quarters, and the 49ers were really crushing the Chiefs with Deebo Samuel end-arounds. Shanahan was not aggressive late in the first half, potentially leaving points on the board that the team would need later. In the fourth quarter, instead of using Samuel to try to run out the clock, they went frequently to Mostert, who wasn’t getting much going. That inability to kill the game off left the door open for Kansas City’s comeback, and cost them in the end.

Video: Chiefs use cool trick play to convert 4th down against 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs pulled out all the stops early in jumping ahead of the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

Andy Reid pulled out a serious trick play on 4th and 1 from the San Francisco 6-yard line in the first quarter. The Chiefs opened in what appeared to be the wishbone before making a synchronized spin into what appeared to be some sort of wing-T with Patrick Mahomes moving away from the center. The ball was ultimately snapped directly to Damien Williams, who got the first down and nearly the touchdown.

Here’s a better look at the wild formation shift.

The Chiefs scored the game’s first touchdown two plays later to take a 7-3 lead.

It takes some guts to pull out a play like that in the Super Bowl, especially in the first quarter. Given how relaxed Reid was about making it to the game, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.

Chiefs, 49ers honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line before Super Bowl

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers paid tribute to Kobe Bryant before the kickoff of Super Bowl LIV on Sunday.

A moment of silence was held at Hard Rock Stadium to honor Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, the seven other victims of last Sunday’s helicopter crash, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman. Players from each team lined up at their respective 24-yard line, which was a nod to Bryant’s jersey number.

Tributes to Kobe were seen throughout the day on Sunday. Russell Wilson took part in ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” broadcast, and he wore a Bryant jersey on the set. Richard Sherman also showed respect for Bryant when the 49ers arrived at Hard Rock Stadium.

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Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
Shareef O’Neal shares most important advice Kobe Bryant gave him
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Video: See LeBron’s tribute speech to Kobe before Lakers game
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Damian Lillard puts Kobe Bryant into context with great quote
Chiefs, 49ers honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line before Super Bowl
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

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5 people who will decide the outcome of Super Bowl LIV

Patrick Mahomes

Super Bowl LIV will feature a unique matchup between two teams with very different styles and approaches. On one hand, you have the electrifying Kansas City Chiefs, who appear capable of scoring at will against just about anyone. On the other hand, you have the mix-it-up San Francisco 49ers, who are able to adapt to any opponent, situation or scenario, while being carried by a swarming defense.

Old school vs. new school. Philosophies of teams past vs. philosophies of teams present. Do defenses still win championships or have times in the NFL truly changed?

It’s an intriguing matchup for casual fans and analytics nerds (like myself) alike. And with that in mind, here’s a quick look at five coaches/players who will decide the outcome of the Super Bowl.

5. Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa is already a game-changing superstar as a rookie, but he’ll face his toughest challenge yet when trying to chase around Patrick Mahomes. Just how athletic is Bosa? Just how fundamentally sound is his play? Can he be patient enough to avoid straying from his assignments? All of those questions will be asked and answered during the Super Bowl, and will go a long way in deciding the NFL’s next champion. If Bosa is able to bring down Mahomes whenever he gets in the vicinity of the quarterback, it will free up his defensive teammates and take off some of the pressure. If not, it puts the San Fran defense in a difficult spot.

4. Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs

With all the talk about the San Francisco defense, Chris Jones may somehow fly under the radar over the next two weeks. But come Super Bowl Sunday, the Chiefs will need their defensive stud to have the best game of his career against a 49ers offensive line that has completely mauled its opponents in recent weeks. It’s likely Jones lines up over the top of left guard Laken Tomlinson, and that matchup will go a long way in determining the flow of the game. If Jones, who is dealing with a calf injury, can get the most out of his defensive reps and disrupt both the run and the pass by collapsing the pocket, it will put a strain on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and force Kyle Shanahan to potentially change the team’s offensive approach on the fly.

3. K’Waun Williams, CB, San Francisco 49ers

K’Waun Williams is going to be a big name over the next week given that he will likely be tasked with stopping Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill whenever he lines up in the slot — which he does on a majority of his offensive snaps. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Williams is known as a stud tackler, but that may be the least of his concerns when trying to combat the speed and shiftiness of Hill. Williams has done a tremendous job shutting down the big play all season, but Hill may prove to be the perfect counterbalance to that. Few players in the NFL are as electric as Hill, so the matchup between him and Williams could, very legitimately, turn out to be what decides the game.

2. Robert Saleh, DC, San Francisco 49ers

The Chiefs are an offensive powerhouse and arguable one of the most dominant juggernauts since “The Greatest Show on Turf.” However, as the saying goes, defense wins championship. If that’s true, the onus falls on 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to prove that old adage. He’s gotten the most out of his swarming defense so far during these playoffs, but the Chiefs are an entirely different animal. Saleh is going to have to channel the likes of Bill Belichick in devising an all-time gameplan if he wishes to cement himself and his team in NFL lore for the remainder of history. The good news for San Francisco? Saleh has the mind, and his players have the talent, to get that done.

1. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Was there any doubt who was going to top this list? Aside from Lamar Jackson, there is no other player in the NFL who is as game-changing and dynamic as Patrick Mahomes, and the argument could be made that he stands alone at the top. With both his arm and his feet, Mahomes is capable of taking over a game and completely destroying whatever defensive gameplan was in place. You can bet San Francisco is going to throw a whole bunch of new looks at him while also feverishly trying to get pass rushers into his face, hoping to throw him off and possibly create a mistake or two. Can Mahomes weather that storm? If he can, the 24-year-old will be in line for his first championship.