Crap decision by TB. My guess is this either means Brady is sticking around and got him canned. Or they know Tom is gone and want someone else to develop their future QB.
Increasing talk that Brady is going to the Raiders. This would be a very costly mistake. But Mark Davis wanted him three years ago and Gruden nixed it. If the Raiders do sign him, it will completely fly in the face of what Davis and Dave Ziegler have said all season. That Rome wasn't built in a day, and they were looking to build a foundation for perennial winning teams for the future. But owners are impatient, reactionary. And if Ziegler and especially McDaniels sense heat, and feel they need to win now (regardless of what's come out of their mouths) they'll roll the dice. Big problem is, this isn't Brady 2010, it would be Brady 2023. Bigger problem: Tom can't play defense, and the Raiders were near the bottom of the league in every category, as I have said before.
So impressed by teams that have almost no drama, just keep moving along. Pittsburgh always comes to mind. But look at Seattle. One could speculate all sorts of change coming. But they seem to all be on the same page. Carefully planning.
RE: Kliff: we can all bash him, but he's living our dreams now.
Some quick calculations: Every two weeks he gets a paycheck of $180,769.23, and will through the end of 2026. I'd take a "one way" ticket to live in a mansion on a beach in Thailand with my model GF too!
I'm sure when he's "bored" doing that, almost any college team would hire him as a HC. He could also likely get an OC job in the NFL with the right team.
Mahomes abilities were really a match made in heaven for Reid as Smith played too conservatively the majority of the time which didn’t take advantage of their skill positions with Hill, Kelce, and Hunt.
Totally agreed with you there. I liked Alex Smith. Always felt he had talent. Very accurate passer. Got a bad deal with too many coaches and OC's. But he was very risk averse. The irony is people said he didn't have a good arm. But it wasn't bad, at all. He just was rarely big on throwing long balls, defaulting to 5-15 yard gains. Andy Reid is as much of an innovative, gambling coach in NFL history as any. But Alex wouldn't bite. Mahomes is indeed perfect for Reid.
If they didn’t lose Hunt, they’d probably have won 2-3 Super Bowls in a row.
I'm not so sure about that. After he was cut, they did lose to NE in the playoffs. That game they might have won, and likely gone on to beat the Rams. However, the Rams never should have made that Super Bowl in the first place. The Saints were the best team in the NFL then, and completely shafted on the worst non-PI call in history. A lot of "what ifs...?" A New Orleans vs. KC (with Hunt) Super Bowl would have been a lot more interesting.
They beat SF the following year in the SB, without Hunt. But lost, badly, to Tampa two years ago. I don't think Hunt could have helped much there. Their OL was somewhat depleted, but they also couldn't solve Todd Bowels pass rush and defense that game. Just one extra guy blitz, even stunts by the Tampa D, or overloading one side of the line, seemed to overwhelm the Chiefs, or confuse them, and easily rattle Mahomes. And Tampa played a lot of cover 0 and cover 1 without blitzing, knowing they could cover short to mid. Plus Brady played almost perfect, if not great. Hunt wouldn't have changed that much at all. Last year? Who knows. They lost in OT to Cincy when their D started to tire. Almost the opposite of the previous week's win over Buffalo.
In retrospect, since Hunt was never even charged when his then GF chose not to press charges. He admitted being wrong, and did all he said he would do going to all counseling, more, and has kept his nose entirely clean. In hindsight maybe they should have just suspended him the rest of 2018 without pay, and until the 2019 season training camp, pending a strict set of rules he had to abide by? This wouldn't have mattered in 2018, obviously, maybe not 2019. But he is a very good RB, still only 27 and I think he was an afterthought, not used at his best in Cleveland's North/South running. He's also a good receiver, but the Browns don't play that game, and he's second fiddle to Chubb. I wonder if he'd be welcome back to KC if they pursued him next season? Likely by the players, but the fans? The city? He still likely has 1-3 decent years left, I would think.