When sitting on the NFL mountains, it can often be hard to find motivation. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has found some, thanks to the NFL’s annual list of the top 100 players in the NFL.
Mahomes landed at No. 4, behind Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (No. 1), Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No. 2) and Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (No. 3).
Mahomes took notice of the result, tweeting emoji pencil and notepad.
While it is clearly not the fourth best player in the league, the placement is understandable, given the mechanics of the process that generates the annual roster. During the previous season, supposedly a wide hair of players are asked to list the top 20 players in the NFL. During the 2019 season, Mahomes didn’t have the same sizzle he had in 2018, thanks in large part to the fact that he failed multiple games with a knee injury.
Indeed, Jackson and Wilson spent much of November and December with a jockey for MVP votes, and Jackson emerged as the clear choice when the Ravens nailed the No. 1 seed in the AFC, bolstered by a record 14 – 2. Jackson became the unanimous MVP, and the almost-unanimous All-Pro quarterback.
But those nuances are easily lost in a compiled list before Mahomes sparked the Chiefs for their first Super Bowl victory in the 1950s and revealed as the training camps opened. The end result is a lightly perceived Mahomes, and will surely give him a strong blow in the butt at a time when he kicks in the butt otherwise it will be hard to find them.
Not that Mahomes needed a kick in the butt, but his reaction shows he can’t get hurt as the Chiefs try to avoid the various dynamics that kept the team repeating as Super Bowl champion as the Patriots won two in a row between 2003 and 2004.