Klemko: Chiefs Knew Mahomes Was "The Guy"

Robert Klemko predicted in August that the Chiefs would win the Super Bowl. Well, Kansas City is one win away from its first Super Bowl appearance since 1970

Tiki and Tierney
January 15, 2019 - 11:39 am

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On Aug. 29, 2018, Robert Klemko penned – and pinned – the following tweet: “The Kansas City Chiefs are going to win the 53rd Super Bowl. All opinions to the contrary are incorrect. That is all.”

Well, almost five months later, the Chiefs are one home win away from their first Super Bowl appearance since 1970. 

Why did Klemko like the Chiefs so much this season?

“I thought if there’s ever been a better situation for a first-year starting quarterback to walk into, I don’t know about it – because they had so many different pieces,” The MMQB.com NFL writer said of Patrick Mahomes on Tiki and Tierney. “You had a pretty solid offensive line; Kareem Hunt, who is obviously no longer on the team; Travis Kelce; Tyreek Hill, I thought, was going to make a big leap; and it just seemed like the right time for them. 

“Now obviously you’re gambling on a first-year quarterback,” Klemko continued. “But the weird thing was in Kansas City they were already talking about him like he was a Hall of Famer. The players, the coaches, the GM – everybody felt like this guy was the guy. You don’t hear that when Case Keenum signs with Denver or Kirk Cousins signs with Minnesota.”

Interestingly, Mahomes threw for more touchdown passes (50) than Keenum and Cousins combined (48). Which begs the question: why didn’t Mahomes start last year?

“Alex Smith had the best statistical season of his career last year,” Klemko pointed out. “So it’s hard to take the job from that guy not really knowing how Patrick Mahomes is going to perform under the bright lights when it comes down to it. But obviously they made the right call moving Alex in the offseason.”

The Chiefs host the Patriots in the AFC Championship this Sunday at 6:40 p.m. ET. Kansas City lost at New England, 43-40, in Week 6.