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The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t draft Patrick Mahomes merely to mak

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KANSAS CITY Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys 2019 , Mo. ?e the playoffs.Matt Cassel accomplished that, and quarterbacks Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac, Trent Green and Alex Smith went one better by making it to the divisional round. Smith even won a wild-card game, the first playoff victory by the long-suffering Chiefs since Joe Montana led them to the AFC title game in the 1993 season.No, the Chiefs didn’t trade up to select Mahomes just to make the playoffs.They did it to win in the playoffs.Now, Mahomes gets his first chance when the first-year starter leads the AFC West champions against the Colts 鈥?their longtime playoff nemesis 鈥?on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.Win and the young All-Pro quarterback has the Chiefs one game away from playing in the Super Bowl. Lose and Mahomes must wait a full year to get another crack at wiping away the stink of all those playoff failures.“A playoff run in general would mean a ton to everyone in this community, including us. I know the history,” Mahomes said, “but at the same time, we are a different generation.”That may be true, but he was on the sideline last season for the latest postseason letdown.Mahomes was given his freshman season to learn the ropes under Smith, who ended a Chiefs streak of eight straight playoff defeats by beating Houston in the wild-card round in January 2016. But they lost the following week at New England to end their playoff run, then lost at home to the Steelers in the divisional round in 2017 and blew a big lead at home against the Titans in the wild-card round a year ago.Three defeats after that rarest of playoff wins.The sting has been even more brutal at Arrowhead Stadium, where the Colts have won just as many playoff games as the Chiefs (two apiece) over the years. Both of the Chiefs’ wins were in the wild-card round.They’ve never won a home playoff game in the divisional round or beyond.Yet if there’s any reason to believe that stretch of futility will end Saturday Juan Thornhill Jersey Cheap , it just may be the optimistic kid with the big arm and curly Mohawk. Bono, Grbac and the rest never put up the kind of numbers that Mahomes has this season, nor did they engender the same kind of confidence in their teams.Mahomes exudes poise. And the rest of the Chiefs can feel it.“It’s the way he plays,” Chiefs center Mitch Morse said recently. “Not only his talent, which is uncanny, but the way he prepares, the way he conducts himself in the huddle, and then the guy has got a swagger about him that’s infectious.”There is no denying this is a new experience, though. Mahomes played in only one bowl game in three seasons at Texas Tech, which would be the only thing even remotely close to an NFL playoff game with the entire football world watching.“So far I haven’t seen anything that’s too big for Pat. I’m not even worried about that,” coach Andy Reid said Monday, just before the Chiefs resumed practicing following a well-earned week off.“He’s going to get himself ready, just like he does every week, to play against a good football team,” Reid said. “But I don’t think he’s wired the other way. I’m not predicting anything Juan Thornhill Jersey Womens , I’m just telling you, matter of fact, how he’s wired, how he goes about his business.”That doesn’t mean Reid hasn’t pulled him aside for a few extra chats.“Everything is a little faster in the playoffs. That’s how things go,” Reid said. “At the same time, he has to be himself and continue to lead and play like he has been doing. I don’t think he will have a problem with that. I think he understands that. He is wired the right way to handle all of it.”Mahomes said he’s chatted with Smith about his postseason experience, and he’s soaked up what he can from the veterans in his locker room. Defensive back Ron Parker, linebacker Justin Houston and fullback Anthony Sherman are among those who have been part of several postseason letdowns.As they take the field with Mahomes on Saturday, they have a chance to scribble over that history.“I mean, we are definitely ready. We know what it’s going to take,” Mahomes said. “It’s going to take a full effort from everyone, every single day, to the game and hopefully on. We know that you have to capitalize on every single play. You can’t let one play get you down for the next. The next play is the most important play. We are excited we get the chance to do that.”100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta Mathieu will be the leader of the new Chiefs defense."At first thought, perhaps you’d think there was no chance (and I wouldn’t blame you). But a quote from Texans head coach Bill O’ Brien may lead you to believe otherwise. “He’s a guy who meant a lot to our locker room,” O’Brien said of Mathieu Harrison Butker Jersey , via the Houston Chronicle, at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. “This is a guy who came in at the end of the offseason program and at the end of training camp was voted a team captain. I think that says a lot about the impact he had, not just as a player.”He’s a good football player. He’s a smart football player. He’s a versatile player, but also what he meant leadership-wise in the locker room. There’s no doubt we would love to have Tyrann back.”But Mathieu, who made that much of an impression on O’Brien in just one year’s time, won’t be back with the Texans, thanks to Veach’s reported bidding-war victory over Houston GM Brian Gaine.Mathieu said Friday that while on the phone with Mahomes, the Chiefs quarterback expressed that he can handle the offense; he just needs someone who can come in an “lead the defense in the right way.”Reid thinks they got it.“It is a new beginning for our defense,” Reid said. “Whatever direction it goes, none of us can predict the future. Whatever direction it goes. We have [Mathieu] here to help build on with the other guys that are still on our football team. There will be changes as we go through this—this is the NFL, things happen. This isn’t the end of new people coming in. That’s not where we are at. Whether it is the draft or free agency, but we know what we have [with Tyrann Mathieu]. “We have a leader and somebody that is not afraid to step up and take on that role. And he is a good football player. And he is a better person than all of that. He is a class act. The things that he will do for the community will be as spectacular as the things he does for our football team.”When the Chiefs decided to sign Mathieu to a three-year deal worth $42 million, a tie for the league-high average of $14 million per year (hello, Landon Collins), the end goal was for Mathieu to be more than just a player for the Chiefs but an inspiration. “I think you’re going to see the way he practices Reggie Ragland Jersey , the way he plays, the way he goes about his profession here, for young guys, it’s invaluable,” Reid said. “A little bit what I told you with Alex (Smith) and then Pat (Mahomes). Pat was able to see a pro do his thing. You bring in a veteran player that does it the right way and he’ll work in. The practices might be a little different and all that but it’s still the same thing. He’s going to go out and he’s going to attack it and study and take a leadership role, handle it the way you’re supposed to handle it on and off the field. It’ll be great for the young players to see.”Oh, and by the way, Mathieu, the grizzled veteran on the forefront of this brand new world, is 26. These are the new Chiefs—young, hungry and led by an explosive player NFL fans call the “Honey Badger.”If they accomplish that elusive Super Bowl in the next three seasons, remember this moment on Thursday.

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