Wednesday, NFL.com Judy Battista left what she said was a staple of her column this spring.
We’ve spent a lot of time this offseason contemplating the quarterback misfortune. From Matthew Stafford and Carson Wentz (traded and traded) to Deshaun Watson (requested trade and serious legal problems arising from it) and Aaron Rodgers (discontent and subsequent stalemate), their dismay at their team leadership shaped the NFL conversation for nearly six months.
Battista therefore sought to find the NFL quarterbacks whose teams made it the happiest since the end of the 2020 season – the teams that “have done well with their quarterbacks”. And why shouldn’t he Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at the top of his list of eight?
1. The Kansas City Chiefs
The whole world saw how badly the Chiefs protected Patrick Mahomes in the super bowl, but it’s hard to imagine another performance like this. they signed guard Joe Thuney to a massive contract, retired guard Kyle Long, made a successful trade for Orlando Brown to protect Mahomes’ blind side, then drafted two linemen including Creed Humphrey in the second round . All should start, with Mike Remmers, who returns to play the right tackle. It is impossible to overstate the brilliance of Mahomes. And also how well the leaders are.
There is a school of thought that a man who signed a $ 500 million contract to play football could always to be the happiest player in the league. But even then, pride matters a lot. It’s undoubtedly true that Mahomes – and the Chiefs – felt embarrassed by what happened after their starting fourth offensive lineman was lost during the AFC Championship Game. And Battista is right: Taking the team’s moves at face value during the offseason, the performance the world watched at Super Bowl LV is unlikely to ever happen again.
Battista believes Long will return to his All-Pro form and take the starting position away from Laurent Duvernary-Tardif – and also that Remmers will start again in place of rookie Lucas Niang. It is debatable if this is what will actually happen, but there is no doubt that from the top to the bottom of the team’s offensive line group, there should be a substantial improvement over 2020.
And that will certainly make Mahomes happy. He of course spoken like that Thursday.
“You just want to be able to dig deep,” he told reporters. “I think that’s the most important thing: they had a lot of good guys – and brought back a lot of good guys – to put in this O-Line room. Competition is fierce every day. I feel like we had guys who were good guys in this room last year – but keep adding and adding more and more talented guys? It brings out the best. And I think that’s what you want on any team: a winning culture that you have to earn your place every day – and come with that ‘I have to get better’ mindset, because it is what brings out the best in everyone. “