Hali’s Twitter rant also touched on his unhappiness with barely playing during two games last season against Pittsburgh, saying: “Can someone explain to me how I played 58 snaps in the first game [against the Chargers] when we made the greatest comeback in Chiefs history? Watching both Steelers [games] from [the] sideline and playing 15 and 7 [snaps] in the last game … I’m still lost.”
Hali might not be a happy camper, but the alternative was getting released by the club into deep space. The Chiefs still believe he can help their defense, although Hali will need to wait to lend a helping hand.
That sentiment aligns with NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock’s belief that none of the quarterbacks in the draft merit a top-10 selection. Naturally, several teams most in need of immediate help at the quarterback position hold top-10 choices, including the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.
Dorsey lamented the lack of options at quarterback who huddled at the college level, which results from the proliferation of spread offenses in the college game. In other words, regardless of the talent the quarterback class brings to the NFL, their adjustments to the pro game will come with a steep learning curve.
Mahomes displayed the rifle arm that shot him up the draft board in the spring, squeezing a few passes in tight windows (some were dropped) and finding open receivers elsewhere. It’s also the preseason, meaning there was plenty of subpar play in the second half, though most was not Mahomes’ fault. The quarterback finished with 7-of-9 passing for 49 yards and a touchdown, which came as a result of a risky throw across his body into traffic. But hey, it worked.
As for the starters, Kansas City’s offense might be a little more vertical this year. It’ll definitely be just as efficient, if Friday night proved anything. Alex Smith swiftly moved the Chiefs down field on KC’s first drive, culminating in a Spencer Ware rushing touchdown, and the unit looked about as good with Tyler Bray calling the shots until he threw an interception.
The Chiefs, with Alex Smith at quarterback, don’t have a pressing need at the position quite like the Jets. But that doesn’t mean the club isn’t doing its homework on potential competition for the 32-year-old Smith. In fact, they’ve been highly active in assessing the draft’s quarterback class.
NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock ranks Webb as the No. 5 quarterback in the draft class, and he appears to have strong support around the league. Webb said he has been told by many teams that he is a first-round talent, and according to one NFL executive, he’ll eventually emerge as the best quarterback in the class.
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky aren’t the only top quarterback prospects getting a close look from the Kansas City Chiefs.
The club also recently hosted Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer on a pre-draft visit, as well, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Chiefs hold the No. 27 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and have an established starter at quarterback in Alex Smith. Coach Andy Reid has said Smith is the team’s quarterback for the coming season, though he does enter his 13th year at age 32. Kansas City has already scheduled a workout with Trubisky, and met with Watson on Monday.
Since Andy Reid and Alex Smith arrived to jumpstart a new era in 2013, the knock on Kansas City has been a lack of explosive playmaking ability offense. With dynamic rookie Tyreek Hill joining stud tight end Travis Kelce as the twin centerpieces, that skepticism is fading.
This performance stands as the high-water mark for an offense steadily growing more dangerous throughout the season. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Chiefs had two offensive scores of 70 or more yards in the same game. The Broncos’ defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in the same game since November of 2014. By halftime of Sunday’s tilt, Kelce was over 100 receiving while Hill was sitting on 99 rushing yards. The scoring ended with 350-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe tossing a short touchdown pass to Demetrius Harris out of the Wildcat formation. By game’s end, the Chiefs had gashed Denver’s normally stout defense for a season-high 484 yards. This was one of most lopsided AFC West matchups of the season.