Will the Chiefs Give Help to Pat Mahomes in the Form of a Solid Veteran Backup?

The Chiefs have made plenty of headlines already this offseason, mostly surrounding the deal that saw them trade their franchise quarterback of the last few seasons, Alex Smith, to the Washington Redskins for a third-round pick as well as cornerback Kendall Fuller.

While many experts stated that the Chiefs won this trade with the Redskins, it will remain to be seen if this team is going to be a Super Bowl contender right away.

If you look at intense NFL matches at William Hill Online as well as the Super Bowl odds for Super Bowl LIII next season, you can see that the Chiefs are currently +2500 to make it and win the big game next season that was won Sunday night by the Eagles as they beat New England in a classic 41-33.

But back to the Chiefs, the move they made with the dealing of Smith to Washington sets up second-year quarterback Pat Mahomes as their starting quarterback for 2018 and beyond.

Mahomes has shown the ability to become a solid quarterback in the NFL, but at the same time, there has to be fear this team might have to take a step back to get better in the long run.

That is likely the theory that Chiefs themselves used, but they felt despite throwing for career highs last season, it was the right move to deal Smith now as they would never get as much for him as they did this offseason with both a pick as well as a promising young cornerback.

One thing that the Chiefs should look to do right away this offseason is look to get an experienced backup quarterback to help out Mahomes and show him the way to being a number one starter in the NFL.

There is a few solid names out there that the team should look at that might be able to come in and give Mahomes a helping hand.

The most interesting is Josh McCown, who last season went 5-7 as the starting quarterback for the New York Jets. McCown has already said he’d like to return to New York, but likely the Jets are going to try and make a move to get a big name quarterback for a big name market like the Big Apple.

The other name to watch is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is 2017 inked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he backed up Jameis Winston and ended up starting a number of games when Winston went down with injury.

The key isn’t to have a vet come in and steal the show from Mahomes, but at the same time the Chiefs have to make sure not to get someone to overshadow Mahomes, but help him become the quarterback he is destined to be.

If the Chiefs play the situation right and more so smart, the road to Super Bowl LIII may not be as far fetched as some might think it would be.

Chiefs Owner Clark Hunt Says They Didn’t Want to Trade Alex Smith to Denver

It’s unclear whether the Broncos made an attempt to acquire quarterback Alex Smith in a trade from Kansas City, but they wouldn’t have got far if they did.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt told Mike Klis of 9News in Denver Saturday he couldn’t discuss who was involved in the Smith trade because “no NFL trade is official until we get to March.’’

But in a follow-up question, Hunt was asked if it was unlikely the Chiefs would have dealt their veteran quarterback to the AFC West rival Broncos.

“I think it’s pretty typical in the NFL not to seek trades within the division,’’ Hunt said during his red-carpet appearance prior to the NFL’s Honors show. “That’s pretty standard fare particularly when we’re talking about a high-profile player.’’

Smith wound up going to Washington for a second-round draft pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. The trade will become official March 14, the first day of the 2018 league year.

Video: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes Chats with Jim Rome

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes joins Jim Rome to discuss the Alex Smith trade, and becoming a starting quarterback.

Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt Says New QB Pat Mahomes is His “Best Bud on the Team”

TMZ Sports spoke with the K.C. Chiefs breakout star Kareem Hunt about his new QB Pat Mahomes now that Alex Smith got shipped to Washington … and Hunt says he’s totally stoked to play alongside Mahomes — his “best bud on the team.”

Hunt — who led the entire NFL in rushing yards in his rookie season — says he’s gonna miss Smith … but already has his eyes set on a return to the playoffs with Mahomes.

No word on whether Hunt and Mahomes have done karate in the garage.

It May Take Awhile, But the Chiefs Feel Turning the Ball Over to Pat Mahomes is the Right Move

It was just a few days back when the Kansas City Chiefs pulled off the NFL shocker of the offseason so far, as they came to a quick and solid deal with the Washington Redskins for the services of veteran quarterback Alex Smith.

If you were doing Sports betting in China and not aware of the Chiefs and their plans, you would probably wonder why the team would ship a solid veteran quarterback (which isn’t hard to find) and one that had an outstanding season away from the team.

Let’s review – Smith this last season set career-highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7), throwing just five interceptions in yet again helping the Chiefs win the AFC West.

But make no mistake about it, it’s not about what Smith did in the regular season, it was all about playoff letdowns as to why Smith is now a part of the Redskins roster (or will be when the NFL offseason officially starts in a few weeks).

Last season, the Chiefs fumbled, stumbled and bumbled their way to a home playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game that easily they could have won, more so considering they held the Steelers to six field goals in the game.

This year though was the nail in the coffin, as the Chiefs held a 21-3 lead on the Tennessee Titans, only to fall apart in the second half, a lot of it involving Smith, and the team crumbled in a humbling loss.

Leading the Chiefs to make the decision to give the ball over to what will be a second-year QB next season, Pat Mahomes, the 17th pick in the draft in 2017.

One of the team leaders, tight end Travis Kelce, compared Mahomes to the most dynamic player on the Chiefs roster today while on ESPN radio – Tyreek Hill.

“I feel like the expectation and the anticipation is just as high as when Tyreek Hill came in. He was a little bit more under the radar because of what happened in college but you couldn’t describe it. The guy’s fast,” Kelce said.

“The guy’s extremely fast. That still doesn’t explain the difference in how he plays the game.

“Patrick has that exact same, you can’t really describe, you can’t tell everybody how he throws it off his back foot, you can’t tell everybody how he’s running right and throws it all the way to the sideline on the left. You just can’t explain those types of things he does in practice until he does it in the game and everyone is like ohh, now I get it.”

So the Chiefs are turning the page, and while Mahomes will have growing pains in 2018, the team feels it’s worth it to see what they have in Mahomes, and feel that they’ve seen enough of Smith.

They also grabbed a 3rd round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller as well from the Skins, two pieces they hope will make them just as good in 2018.

We shall see.

Chiefs Deal QB Alex Smith to the Redskins

A stunning playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card game was the final straw for Alex Smith at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Tuesday night they made sure of that.

The team made a deal with the Washington Redskins, sending Smith to the NFC for a reported bounty of a third-round pick and Redskins cornerback Kendall Fuller as compensation according to ESPN.

Smith’s time in Kansas City will be remembered for some solid seasons that ended with painful losses in the postseason to teams like the Steelers in 2016 and this last year to the Titans after the team held a 21-3 edge.

The deal for Smith to the Redskins can’t be completed until the first day of the new league year, which begins at 3 p.m. on March 14th, but have no fear, it’s a done deal.

This last season was the best for the 33-year-old Smith, who started the season 6-0 before falling on hard times but still winning the AFC West.

Smith threw for career-highs in passing yards (4,042), touchdowns (26) and passer rating (104.7), throwing just five interceptions this past season for the Chiefs.

By dealing Smith, the Chiefs will save $17 million, and will turn the quarterback position over to 2017 rookie Pat Mahomes.

Chiefs Talking to USC RB Coach Deland McCullough About Open Spot on Coaching Staff

Now that the Chiefs have promoted running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to offensive coordinator spot, they are looking to
fill that position, and might turn to a college running backs coach for help.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network the Chiefs are chatting with USC running backs coach Deland McCullough to come in and take the reigns of the Chiefs RB position.

McCullough, 45, oversaw Ronald Jones II this season as he rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns in McCullough’s first season at USC. He previously spent six seasons as Indiana’s running backs coach, where Tevin Coleman rushed for 2,036 yards in 2014.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Miami (OH).

McCullough rushed for 4,368 yards in four seasons at Miami (OH), and he played two seasons in the CFL for Winnipeg.

Chiefs Name Running Backs Coach Eric Bieniemy as New Offensive Coordinator

The Chiefs officially named running backs coach Eric Bieniemy their new offensive coordinator on Tuesday, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

Bieniemy, 48, has served as the Chiefs’ running backs coach since 2013, when he arrived in Kansas City with coach Andy Reid. He replaces Matt Nagy, who was recently hired as head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Bieniemy will have a new challenge this season when it comes to guiding the Chiefs’ offense, though he does have experience calling plays during 2011-12 at Colorado, his alma mater. Before that, he spent five seasons as the Minnesota Vikings’ running backs coach while mentoring star Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 5,782 yards and 52 touchdowns in four seasons under Bieniemy.

And while Reid will certainly have influence on the offense — he’s consistently run the daily offensive play installation sessions since he got here, even as former coordinators Doug Pederson and Nagy earned more responsibility — Culley said Chiefs fans can expect balance from a Bieniemy-inspired attack.

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