Division rivals chasing Chiefs.
Blog King, Mass Appeal
KANSAS CITY — Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden once said, “speed kills,” and our Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs are living proof of that. Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press concocted an editorial delineating the impact KC is having on the personnel decisions of AFC West division rivals. The Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers added speed in the 2020 NFL Draft to try to catch up with the Roadrunner Chiefs.
Right now they’re Wile E. Coyote.
Look, the NFL is a copycat league.
So we can’t blame KC’s opponents for trying.
After all, Patrick Mahomes & the Legion of Zoom averaged 39.0 points per game in the playoffs enroute to securing the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in 50 years. The Chiefs have also won the division 4 years in a row and they own a lopsided 29-3 record against AFC West foes in their last 32 games.
“Every move and signing we make we have to have them in mind,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said of the Chiefs. “Let’s be honest, the entire league is chasing the Kansas City Chiefs,” said Raiders general manager Mike Mayock. “But we’re in the same division. They keep getting faster and more athletic, more dynamic every time you turn around.”
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The Denver Broncos burned their first two draft picks on speedy wideouts Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler to keep up with KC’s Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins. They added nifty tight end Albert Okwuegbunam two rounds later. “We just feel like we had to add that explosiveness,” said Broncos GM John Elway.
Now the million dollar question: Did the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers do enough?
Only time will tell.
“They’re the world champs,” Mayock said.
“I’ve known Andy Reid for a lot of years. Watching the way he and Brett Veach approach the draft, all they do is get faster. They drafted that great running back (Clyde Edwards-Helaire) from LSU, then they drafted Willie Gay, the linebacker I love. They keep getting faster and keep raising the bar.”
Will the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers finally catch the Chiefs?
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