Hey all, it’s time for the Week 5 mailbag! I hope you’ve checked out my offensive line rankings by the primary quarter of the season and my predictions for all of the 2-2 NFL groups getting into this weekend.
What would the Chiefs seem like with Kirk Cousins at QB, and what would the Vikings seem like with Patrick Mahomes at QB? — @PabloBison
I love all these questions. Good for the mailbag. We’ve seen Kirk Cousins with the Chiefs earlier than: Alex Smith. And Alex Smith gained double-digit video games in a number of seasons with the Chiefs. I would count on the identical if Cousins had been the quarterback. Andy Reid is a grasp trainer and play designer. What number of Chiefs extensive receivers are operating open down the sphere each recreation? Cousins can hit these guys.
Now, identical to Smith, I don’t assume Cousins would be capable to win many playoff video games, which is the distinction between him and Mahomes. Pat Mahomes is a particular expertise. We all know this. And he’s paired up with the best offensive thoughts within the recreation now. They make a terrific duo.
If Mahomes had been on the Vikings, he’d be matched with a head coach who’s received the other mindset of Reid. Mike Zimmer desires his offense to be conservative, and I assume he’d be the identical method with Mahomes at quarterback. The very best instance for that is Seattle with Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll. The offense must be funneled by Wilson, and it’s clearly not. That’s what I’d count on with Mahomes on the Vikings. They’d win a ton of video games, however he wouldn’t be the identical participant he’s in Kansas Metropolis.
Who’s the highest non-QB MVP candidate at this level within the season? — @CJScoobs
The NFL MVP award is now only a quarterback award, which is smart as a result of they’re essentially the most beneficial member of a crew. We also needs to have a most excellent participant award that features offensive and defensive gamers. That’d be a method that might honor a non-quarterback who’s had a wonderful season and deserves one thing greater than offensive or defensive participant of the 12 months. OK, off my excessive horse …
The highest candidate who’s not a quarterback to win the MVP is Shaquil Barrett of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By 4 video games, he’s received 9 sacks and is dominating every recreation. He’s serving to lead the Bucs to a top-10 protection in the mean time. My colleague Stephen White broke down Barrett’s play much better than I can, so you must verify that out.
You’ve talked about being on a crew that’s tanking and the way the gamers and crew sort of deal with it. How do elite/actually good groups put together to play tanking groups? As an illustration, if the Chiefs had been to be taking part in Miami this week and the Chargers subsequent week, do they spend greater than a day or so recreation planning for Miami? — @cassgonz1985
I’ll be writing an extended article this season about taking part in on a tanking crew, as I did that in 2010 with the Carolina Panthers. Whenever you’re taking part in a tanking crew just like the Dolphins, you retain your typical schedule. Nothing modifications. They’re nonetheless an NFL crew and have NFL gamers, and should you don’t present up and aren’t ready, you’ll lose.
In actual fact, I’d say that if you’re taking part in an terrible crew, coaches stress to arrange much more than typical. It’s pure so that you can consider that less-than-usual preparation can nonetheless result in victory, so the workers tries to counter that with further motivation and training for the week. Now, you would possibly again off on exhibiting some offensive and defensive scheme for the week, however the preparation doesn’t change.