Behind head coach Andy Reid and starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, nobody in the NFL has done offense better than the Kansas City Chiefs this season.
The Chiefs lead the league on that side of the ball, averaging 35.3 points and 425.6 yards per game. It's one of the main reasons why Kansas City is in a great position to advance to the Super Bowl, as it prepares for its playoff opener Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts with home-field advantage on the AFC side of the playoff bracket.
The Kansas City Star explored the roots behind Reid's offense, and how they tied back to his time playing at BYU under Hall of Fame coach LaVell Edwards.
"That Mahomes-Reid union and the offense it spawned have roots — via both quarterback and coach — dating back more than three decades to a Mormon university tucked away amid the mountains above Provo, Utah, and a widely revered coach who died four months before Mahomes and Reid united in the spring of 2017," the Star wrote.
The article also breaks down how the Air Raid attack, which Mahomes ran in college, was influenced by Edwards and how the Air Raid and West Coast offense philosophies have combined to create such a potent offense in Kansas City. It also explains the coaching genius behind the former Cougar Reid, and his willingness to continue to adapt his offense.
“Andy’s a very creative, innovative coach, and I think he does a great job of taking concepts and being able to apply them into his system, and the same thing with personnel: creating opportunities for unique personnel that he has,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the Star.
Weddle and his future
The season came to an end for former Utah safety Eric Weddle and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday when they lost 23-17 to the Los Angeles Chargers in the wild card round of the playoffs. The 12-year veteran said the Ravens will be his final NFL team.
“If they want to go in a different direction, I’m not going to go play for another team,” Weddle told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s not where I’m at in my career. It’s either play my last year here and that will be it and enjoy it, or this has been it. It’s pretty simple. I’m a simple kind of guy.”6 comments on this story
This simple kind of guy also made a Ravens fan's day before the game, showing the importance of being a good role model.
And finally ...
In the moments following Clemson's dominant 44-16 victory over Alabama in the national championship game on Monday night, first-year Utah athletic director Mark Harlan sent out a cryptic tweet that had fans wondering what he meant.
Is there a Clemson-Utah matchup, or series, on the horizon? Is Harlan displaying confidence his school will make the College Football Playoff? No matter the reasoning, it got social media buzzing.
Harlan later responded with this tweet: