By: Alex Kamel
Was it the right move to move on from Alex Smith to Patrick Mahomes?
For years now, the Chiefs have had the same short pass style offense with the exception of the long ball to Tyreek Hill. Alex Smith has always been a consistent quarterback, but never at an elite level. The Chiefs won the AFC West and had high hopes for the playoffs but ended up blowing away an 18-point lead in the second half against the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round. Patrick Mahomes is a Texas Tech product with a cannon of an arm and has only held the clipboard for Alex Smith for his rookie season. Mahomes seems perfect for an Andy Reid type offense that likes to run the ball and get the quarterback out in space. The Chiefs also may have figured that it seems Alex Smith’s ceiling was the first round of the playoffs, so the move made sense. But any time a team is switching quarterbacks, there is always a risk of the guy coming in to be a complete bust.
Can the Chargers Finish Games in The Fourth Quarter?
As a Chargers Fan, I receive texts all the freaking time from everyone I know telling me how sorry they are that I am a fan of this team. Every loss was absolutely heart breaking. Blocked field goals, terrible kickers, and Josh Lambo coming back to haunt the Chargers in week 10. Although the Chargers asserted themselves as one of the top offenses and defenses in the NFL, they really proved how important special teams really are in this league. Game after game the Chargers were finding miraculous ways to lose. This team rips my heart out in the beginning of every season, gives me hope midseason, and rips it out right before they go golfing for the offseason. BUT… they have all the pieces now and my hope is restored yet again. I don’t care that Hunter Henry is out for the year, this defense has never looked better and the offense should be much improved with a healthy Mike Williams and Forrest Lamp. If they are able to prove that they can finish games in the fourth quarter, with their solid defense and Caleb Sturgis as kicker, then they can be a real threat to any team in the AFC.
If Robert Aguayo beats Caleb Sturgis for the kicking job it might be another sad season of regret and pain…
Was firing Jack Del Rio really worth it? What will John Gruden bring to the table?
The Raiders were set to have an amazing 2017 season and were favorites to win the division and some experts had them deep in the playoffs. They fell short of these goals and missed the playoffs with a 6-10 record. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper just could not get on the same page, the running game with Marshawn Lynch was less than average, and the defense had more holes than swiss cheese. Derek Carr is a great quarterback that might have just had an off year and I believed Jack Del Rio was the coach to get them back on track for the 2018 season. The Raiders’ loved Del Rio after the 2016 season and signed him to a 4-year contract extension but had fired him one year later because of a disappointing season and John Gruden’s interest to get back into coaching. It seemed as if he would not have been fired if it was not for Gruden’s interest, but the Raiders are definitely taking a risk on a coach who has not been in the game since he was with the Bucs 10 years ago in 2008. I think it was too quick to pull the plug on Del-Rio, but the Raiders might have wanted to hire Gruden to get the hype train ready for the move to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Are the Broncos trying to repeat the formula of success they had with Peyton Manning?
John Elway loves experienced quarterbacks. His track record definitely shows it. It even seems he has a similar recipe for success with Case Keenum as he did with Peyton Manning. Bring in the old guy, bolster the defense and put the team in a ‘win now’ mentality. The Broncos were last in the division last year with a 5-11 record and cashed in by drafting NC State OLB Bradley Chubb with the 5th overall pick. The speculation is that Chubb is the most talented defensive player in this year’s draft class and makes the Broncos defensive line lethal with the combination of him and Super Bowl 50 MVP, Von Miller. This tandem reminds me of the dominant force Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil use to be. In the secondary, the Broncos added Tramaine Brock to replace Aqib Talib and safety s Su’a Cravens via trade with the Redskins. John Elway has used this formula before and it got him a Super Bowl title, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
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