“NFL Notebook–Stories Everywhere”
SUPER BOWL…The teams flew home on Monday, the Chiefs to a city-wide parade with the Lombardi Trophy-Lamar Hunt Trophy on Wednesday, a time to reflect back on the Hunt family, the owners of the Chiefs dating back to the AFL-Days. The amazing comebacks, three of them in a row in the postseason, wiping out 10-point deficits and a 24-point deficit in the playoff wins.
MAHOMES THE MAN…The Chiefs young star did nothing for 39-minutes, in fact, was sacked four times, and threw two interceptions. And then just like that, a 44-yard pass play to Tyreek Hill, a 38-yarder to Sammy Watkins, and just like that, 3-TD drives, and an emotional come-from-behind win in the process. Mahomes finished (286Y-2TD-2Int) day. He was sacked 4-times, hit 8-times, and pressured 14-other times out of the pocket, and yet there he was with 5-minutes left triggering a comeback for the ages.
HAUNTED…Kyle Shanahan won’t have an easy off season, with this second Super Bowl collapse, coming on the heels of his first Super Bowl calamity while in New England. On Sunday, the Chiefs scored 3-TDs on offense in a 5-minute span…running up (190Y) offense on just 19-snaps on the final 3-scoring drives. The Niners, in their final 3-possessions, ran 15-plays for just 64-yards in the loss.
SHANAHAN NIGHTMARE… Add in what happened to Shanahan in the 4th quarter of the Atlanta loss to New England in the Super Bowl, and it is not a pretty thought to carry into the off season. In the final 7-posessions of those two Super Bowls, Shanahan’s teams ran 20-plays in 7-series, threw an interception, fumbled, stopped on 4th downs and had 4-punts. His teams were outscored (46-0) in the final quarter of those two Super Bowl losses as they had leads, lost leads, lost the games.
QB QUANDRY….Just like that, things will fall into place with free agency about to begin. Sources say the Chargers want to franchise tag QB-Philip Rivers (27M). New England is offering Tom Brady (2Y-60M) to return. The Saints have asked Drew Brees to play another year and be the bridge to QB of the future Taysom Hill. Eli Manning has retired and may be headed to a front office job. The top 4-QBs about to come off the free agent board.
TIER TWO QBS…..But watch for movement quickly. Tampa Bay may not want to keep big yardage-big turnover QB-Jameis Winston. The Saints have told Teddy Bridgewater they cannot afford to keep him. Marcus Mariota is likely out of Tennessee with the Titans spending money to keep Ryan Tannehill.
KID QBS…Here comes the NFL combines and now the great debate, where does LSU’s-Joe Burrow go? Is Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama the second best QB coming off hip surgery? Is Justin Herbert-Oregon a quality QB or a Joey Harrington-product of the system guy coming out of the Ducks program? Later in that opening round, Jake Fromm-Georgia and Jacob Eason-Washington and Jordan Love-Utah State, will likely be taken, but none of them seem equal to the gang at the top of the board.
PECKING ORDER….The NFL draft board shows 3-teams desperately needing QBs for the future. Cincinnati (1)….Miami (5)…Chargers (6) could sweep the top QB-talent off the board within the first hour of the NFL draft.