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What I saw was an immediate collapse of the pocket and Dobbs diving out the backside to bail out. Unless he had eyes in the back of his head while he was escaping there was no time to do much else. Maybe earlier in the quarter there were opportunities our coverage didn't show but the last series was like skiing with one ski in an avalanche. An angry avalance.
Shouldn't an audible play-adjustment package help with that? He could have audibled to a draw play - might have busted a big run up the middle, or a quick flare-out to a RB, or or a quick hitter over the middle to a TE or slot, etc. Anything but coming out in shotgun over & over again trying buy time to find an open receiver.

You have to put this in perspective giving the amount of time left in the game, field position, TOs left & what you need to do to either win or tie (in this case just a FG wins). I've seen Brees & Rodgers in similar situations where's they've had far less time left (in several games it was less than 30 secs), no TOs, and starting in worse field position. In these cases, they mowed down the field in just 2 or 3 plays putting his kicker in FG range.

I'm not saying Dobbs should be playing like Brees/Rodgers or any of the other great ones. And if he had less time and no TOs, it would be unrealistic to expect him to get the team into FG range. But with 1:03 left & 3 TOs, starting at your own 25, and needing a lousy 35 yds for FG range is an eternity & every backup should be capable of accomplishing this.

He choked big-time & you're just defending him.
 
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Maybe paradise or actual hell if you have a family. IMO they worked all of their life to be in the Show and do everything they can when given an opportunity. Unfortunately it comes at a critical, stressful moment in a game or garbage time where nothing is at stake and no one remembers the contribution.
Not that I feel sorry for a 3rd string, $3m a year clipboard bearer.
C'mon...now, the backups make good dough for really not doing much other than practicing (they're not even holding for the place kicker anymore as the punters have been designated to do that now. Lol).


In fact, Matt Barkley, has made over 10 million in 11 yrs with 12 different teams! At 33, he's still in league (Giants) making good $$$ with absolutely no expectations placed on him if he's ever thrown into a game (in those 11 yrs, he's played in only 19 games & started only 7 games!). It sure sounds like paradise to me when the alternative for these guys would be that they would have to actually work for living selling cars, or working a 9-5 office job, etc. Lol.

 
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Honestly it’s good the Dolphins won a close, grind out game that had them compensate for their mistakes vs blowing out the inferior opponent. Hopefully that helps them for down the road.

Chiefs got bit by their continued mistakes with drops and penalties. If they’re going to make a deep push they need their defense and run game to succeed. They also said during the game Travis is thinking of retiring. Great for the Eagles to go into a very hostile environment, adjust to the Chiefs game plan, and grind out a win. Plenty of mistakes on both sides leading to turnovers.

On the NFL as a whole, even more injuries occurring unfortunately.
 
I was thinking early in Q2 that KC needs a big weapon other than Travis...but then as the game went on I started thinking that they just need a receiver who can catch the fn ball.

Ever since PM burst into the starting role, KC has been arrogant about 'player selection' because they feel like it doesn't matter who is running routes, they have Mahomes.

That being said, don't count them out for the back-to-back.

PHI is solid!
 
I was thinking early in Q2 that KC needs a big weapon other than Travis...but then as the game went on I started thinking that they just need a receiver who can catch the fn ball.

Ever since PM burst into the starting role, KC has been arrogant about 'player selection' because they feel like it doesn't matter who is running routes, they have Mahomes.

That being said, don't count them out for the back-to-back.

PHI is solid!
Yeah you can't write them off but so far I' not seeing another SB win this season. But winning in the playoffs is different. Kansas have been there regularly and know how to get it done. That's the difference between Kansas and teams like the Cowboys and Ravens. It's probably too early for Detroit but the Browns will be cursing another injury to their QB. They had good wins over the Ravens and the 49ers and their defense could be a problem in close playoff games. Wheels are falling off the Bengals and the Bills are a week to week proposition. Miami is a team that could surprise in the playoffs on their day. Miami might be more of a threat than the Ravens without Andrews but the Ravens have the better defense.
 
While this was a good game, both teams looked like they could have played better. Certainly that last dropped pass was like a dagger through the Chiefs, but both teams had opportunities to put the other team away, and seemed to stall when that opportunity arose. It's hard to say if these are the best two teams in the NFL right now, but until someone really knocks each of them off, I'll say they are, and we could have a rematch come Super Bowl.

Let's not forget that weather will continue to be a factor the rest of the season. Teams that can grind, and are used to playing in bad weather will have a factor (including both KC and Philly). Maybe not as much as health, but it can make things interesting.
 
Chiefs offense should in theory improve once the playoffs come due to using their schemes they’ve saved to get people open or the run game going. They still have issues sustaining long drives consistently. I think what’s going to come back in the end that they can’t overcome is a dropped ball in a crucial moment and a holding penalty on D Smith. The plus is their defense has been playing really well and tough, then factor in if they’re the one seed again.
 
I was thinking early in Q2 that KC needs a big weapon other than Travis...but then as the game went on I started thinking that they just need a receiver who can catch the fn ball.

Ever since PM burst into the starting role, KC has been arrogant about 'player selection' because they feel like it doesn't matter who is running routes, they have Mahomes.

That being said, don't count them out for the back-to-back.

PHI is solid!
Funny that Collingsworth went into one of his things about Watson dropping a critical catch and because of game delay he was able to go on.. Next play Watson makes a 20+ grab for a first down. Fun game to watch.. Good until the end
 
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Funny that Collingsworth went into one of his things about Watson dropping a critical catch and because of game delay he was able to go on.. Next play Watson makes a 20+ grab for a first down. Fun game to watch.. Good until the end
If Kelce does retire it could turn into the 2019 Patriots. I think Chiefs should make a serious run at Diggs, Evans, and/or Godwin at the end of the season. Juju might have got a lot of crap but he is still a step up from the current top receivers on the team and he still profited with Kelce getting the main coverage like he did on the Steelers with AB.
 
As things currently sit, next year the Chiefs will have $31m in cap room next year. 17th in the league. While things move every off-season, that could be enough to get another guy who can catch the ball.

Best positioned team is Tennessee, with $87m in space.

The worst? The Saints, who will be $87m over the cap in 2024. The Chargers are next at -$44m. Even after the cap making a big jump up in 2025 the Saints will still be at -$35m. The shocker? In 2025 the New England Patriots will have a staggering $265m in cap room. Say what one will about Belicheck, but he's set them up well for the future. Let's pretend they get Drake Maye next draft, and he turns out to be pretty good. He'll still be on his rookie deal in 2025 when the Pats can massively build up an offense around him. They already have several good young players on defense right now.
 
Patriots also have all that cap room not from a master plan but since they went big spending 2020-2022 and didn’t get anything in return for it. Patriots need a new GM if they want to build an offense. Otherwise he won’t make it to 2025 there. I also wouldn’t blame Belichick if he leaves to play somewhere warm. People keep saying the Chargers and honestly that’d be a good team as they already have the personnel, just need discipline and good schemes which he will bring. If he stays in NE, all that cap space will most likely be gone signing players that most will not pan out.
 
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As things currently sit, next year the Chiefs will have $31m in cap room next year. 17th in the league. While things move every off-season, that could be enough to get another guy who can catch the ball.

Best positioned team is Tennessee, with $87m in space.

The worst? The Saints, who will be $87m over the cap in 2024. The Chargers are next at -$44m. Even after the cap making a big jump up in 2025 the Saints will still be at -$35m. The shocker? In 2025 the New England Patriots will have a staggering $265m in cap room. Say what one will about Belicheck, but he's set them up well for the future. Let's pretend they get Drake Maye next draft, and he turns out to be pretty good. He'll still be on his rookie deal in 2025 when the Pats can massively build up an offense around him. They already have several good young players on defense right now.
Imagine Mahomes with Aiyuk who comes off contract at the end of the season. Obviously he will want to be paid and he's heading for consecutive 1000 yard seasons. 49ers will probably have to pay him as he is more consistent than Deebo and less injured. CMC has changed Deebo's role in the offense. Aiyuk rarely misses a game. Patriots and Chargers would probably take him as well if they thought he was value. 49ers will be desperate to snag two O lineman in the next draft. Trent Williams is not far off retirement and they are still desperate for a right tackle since McGlinchy left and even he wasn't that good. but Denver were happy to pay him. 49ers finally have a first and second round pick next draft after the Lance debacle. The Rams will probably be looking for a replacement for Stafford and are never never shy about about using future picks and high picks which they finally have back next draft. Unless they think Stetson Bennett will pan out eventually, wherever he is.

49ers are paying many veterans at the moment and sooner or later they will have to trade one, probably off the D line to get a younger talented player. They have Chase and Aiyuk coming off contract and then later on might have to pay Purdy depending on his long term trajectory which looks good at the moment. Deebo would be the obvious one on offense but Shanahan loves him so he probably won't be moved. I think Hufanga is also coming off contract but that one might be easier for the 49ers with the ACL injury which will limit interest in him probably.
 
Imagine Mahomes with Aiyuk who comes off contract at the end of the season. Obviously he will want to be paid and he's heading for consecutive 1000 yard seasons. 49ers will probably have to pay him as he is more consistent than Deebo and less injured. CMC has changed Deebo's role in the offense. Aiyuk rarely misses a game. Patriots and Chargers would probably take him as well if they thought he was value. 49ers will be desperate to snag two O lineman in the next draft. Trent Williams is not far off retirement and they are still desperate for a right tackle since McGlinchy left and even he wasn't that good. but Denver were happy to pay him. 49ers finally have a first and second round pick next draft after the Lance debacle. The Rams will probably be looking for a replacement for Stafford and are never never shy about about using future picks and high picks which they finally have back next draft. Unless they think Stetson Bennett will pan out eventually, wherever he is.

49ers are paying many veterans at the moment and sooner or later they will have to trade one, probably off the D line to get a younger talented player. They have Chase and Aiyuk coming off contract and then later on might have to pay Purdy depending on his long term trajectory which looks good at the moment. Deebo would be the obvious one on offense but Shanahan loves him so he probably won't be moved. I think Hufanga is also coming off contract but that one might be easier for the 49ers with the ACL injury which will limit interest in him probably.
Aiyuk will be a 49er for at least one more season - they exercised his 5th year option, guaranteed at 14m

Next year's WR free agent pool doesn't look much to get excited about so far. Hollywood Brown maybe?
 
Patriots also have all that cap room not from a master plan but since they went big spending 2020-2022 and didn’t get anything in return for it. Patriots need a new GM if they want to build an offense. Otherwise he won’t make it to 2025 there.
I see no way Belicheck is GM next year. I'm pretty sure he will move on, and Los Angeles seems like a sound place. If one looks back he's been so-so as a GM. He did get the most out of players like Danny Amendola, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Hogan. And picking up top veterans like Stephon Gilmore or Darrell Revis was very smart. But there were plenty of other misses (Adalius Thomas, Joey Galloway), and missed draft picks too - he was surprisingly bad at drafting receivers, with Brady bailing him out. Brady also got SB rings for Amendola and Hogan, but both were good players. I'm 99% certain if he stays on, Kraft will insist on hiring a GM.

If Kraft is crafty, he'll command a serious top GM from somewhere, especially with that bag of cash and top draft pick coming next year, and the Patriots prestige. Then I'm all but certain Jerod Mayo will be hired as the HC. McDaniels and Patricia were lousy head coaches, but both have strong track records as coordinators with NE and Belicheck. I can't imagine they won't end up either in NE, or following Bill next season.
Aiyuk will be a 49er for at least one more season - they exercised his 5th year option, guaranteed at 14m
Aiyuk otherwise is a prime franchise tag target.
Next year's WR free agent pool doesn't look much to get excited about so far. Hollywood Brown maybe?
I tried looking that up, and you may be right.

Matt Canada being fired is zero surprise, and there's probably a party in the Steeler locker room, and parade in Pittsburgh. He was maybe as bad of an OC as anyone, but it's hard to tell because the Steelers have an averge, young QB in Pickett, one good receiver in Pickens, an average OL, average running game, etc.
 
While this was a good game, both teams looked like they could have played better. Certainly that last dropped pass was like a dagger through the Chiefs, but both teams had opportunities to put the other team away, and seemed to stall when that opportunity arose. It's hard to say if these are the best two teams in the NFL right now, but until someone really knocks each of them off, I'll say they are, and we could have a rematch come Super Bowl.

Let's not forget that weather will continue to be a factor the rest of the season. Teams that can grind, and are used to playing in bad weather will have a factor (including both KC and Philly). Maybe not as much as health, but it can make things interesting.
On the weather it looked like Patrick pinched a few passes that fell way short.
 
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McDaniels and Patricia were lousy head coaches, but both have strong track records as coordinators with NE and Belicheck. I can't imagine they won't end up either in NE, or following Bill next season.
I have typed similar. I think that BB will want those guys on staff no matter where he coaches next.

Other thought: Is it possible that BB doesn't want to coach anymore?
 
If Kelce does retire it could turn into the 2019 Patriots. I think Chiefs should make a serious run at Diggs, Evans, and/or Godwin at the end of the season. Juju might have got a lot of crap but he is still a step up from the current top receivers on the team and he still profited with Kelce getting the main coverage like he did on the Steelers with AB.
Which Evans?
 
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