Chiefs’ West on Mahomes jersey: ‘He’s got a cannon on him’
If Charcandrick West’s first impressions of the rookie quarterback mean anything, though, it appears the Chiefs selected at the very least an impressive piece of clay to mold.
“Man, this kid can throw the football,” the Chiefs running back said of the team’s newest quarterback on NFL Total Access on Friday. “Man, I mean, I ran I think a slant route and I was like, woah. It was crazy. He’s got a cannon on him.”
The quarterback relationship between Mahomes and Alex Smith over the next several months will be one of the more intriguing storylines to follow in the NFL jerseys. On one hand, Smith has been the steady incumbent who’s led the Chiefs to 11- and 12-win seasons over the past two years. On the other, Smith often takes the brunt of the blame for the Chiefs failing to advance in the playoffs, mostly because his lack of arm strength and propensity to check the football down.
The theory, of course, is that a strong-armed gunslinger like Mahomes could provide more home-run plays, and thus help lift the Chiefs past the divisional round of the playoffs that they’ve lost in the last two seasons.
“My family and I have been very pleased by the success the franchise has sustained over the last four seasons under coach Reid,” Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement. “He has already established himself as one of the best coaches in the league, and he is well on his way to solidifying a place among the all-time greats. We are proud to have his cheap jerseys leading our football team, and I look forward to working with him to bring a championship to Chiefs Kingdom.”
Reid has been one of the most underappreciated coaches in the NFL since taking over the Chiefs.
In four seasons in K.C., Reid guided what was a lackluster offensive roster to a 43-21 record, winning at least nine games each season, with 11-plus victories in three separate seasons and three postseason appearances. Over the past 26 regular season games, the Chiefs own a 22-4 record, the best in the NFL over that time span, including 11 consecutive AFC West games. Reid led K.C. to a 12-4 record in 2016 and the franchise’s first division title since 2010.
“I’d like to thank Clark and the entire Hunt family for the opportunity to continue my coaching career here in Kansas City,” Reid said in a statement. “We’ve made quite a bit of progress over the last four seasons, but we are not done yet. We are going to continue to work towards our ultimate goal of winning championships. I’ve been blessed by the support of the community, our fans, the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs staff. I’m looking forward to the years ahead as the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.”
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“These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward to wholesale nfl jerseys.”
Drafted 19th overall out of Missouri in 2009, Maclin began his career in Philadelphia where he played under Reid and established himself as a versatile receiver with reliable hands and big-play capability. Maclin followed the coach to Kansas City via free agency in 2015, and the Chiefs were forced to forfeit their third-round pick in the 2016 draft and seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft after violating the league’s Anti-Tampering Policy prior to signing the wideout.
His 44 catches were a career low, as were his 536 yards and 12 games played, but we don’t see that as an indicator of some sudden drop-off. He’ll surely be scooped up by a receiver-needy team and will probably exceed his 2016 numbers, depending on his new home.