We interrupt this local media hoopla day to bring a dose of stark skepticism…
While the Chiefs startling, aggressive move to spend a 1st round draft pick on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes was certainly – let’s call it – refreshing,
Talk about God’s gift to local sportswriters and sports talk radio.
That said, Bleacher Report analyst Mike Tanier provided a more sobering overview.
Unlike Kansas City Star sports scribe Sam Mellinger who’s front page headline commentary was headlined “spectacular” and “smart,” Bleacher Report was far more critical.
“Mahomes is Brett Favre-like in the way the neighborhood teenager throwing rocks from the sidewalk and breaking windows of the old abandoned warehouse is Brett Favre-like: You love the arm but question the judgment,” Tanier writes.
“Just how highly you rate Mahomes depends upon whether you see him throw across his body to a triple-covered receiver in the middle of the field for a 30-yard gain and think: ‘Dang, this young man has magical playmaking sorcery,’ or ‘if he tries that 20 times in the NFL, he will throw 19 interceptions and the whole organization will get fired.’ “
Good thing the Chiefs aren’t planning on using Mahomes much if any this year.
“Make no mistake about it: If Mahomes were forced to start a full season as a rookie, he would not only throw 25 interceptions but would also endure 50 sacks with his Michael Vick-stuck-in-second-gear approach to pocket discipline,” Tanier adds.
“My issue is that the Chiefs have been in playoff also-ran mode for years. They could have traded up and upgraded their defense to get over the top in 2017. Reid’s Eagles tended to get stuck in 10- 11-win ruts. They could swap out quarterbacks and remain in the same rut, because they still have too many needs in other areas.”
Tanier’s bottom line:
Sounds like he thinks the Chiefs entire front office will take a bullet if Mahones goes the way of most NO. 1 pick NFL quarterbacks.
That’s a pretty huge roll of the dice…guess we’ll see.