Patrick Mahomes to start at QB for Chiefs vs. Broncos
Kansas City Chiefs fans will get a glimpse of the future on Sunday.
Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start the team’s regular-season finale versus the Denver Broncos.
With the Chiefs locked into the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC West, the first-round pick will take his first snaps since a dazzling preseason.
During the Chiefs’ midseason floundering, many fans begged the coaching staff to burn Mahomes’ red-shirt season and replace Smith under center, despite K.C. still leading the division. After the veteran quarterback found his magical deep ball with offensive coordinator Matt Nagy calling plays, most of the outcry died down, and the Chiefs won the AFC West for the second straight season.
During the preseason, Mahomes flashed the raw playmaking skills that prompted the Chiefs to trade up in the first round to nab the quarterback, despite Smith’s presence on the roster. The rookie owns otherworldly arm talent, athleticism, escape ability, and a gunslinger mentality.
In a game that has no playoff implications, Wednesday’s announcement brings a sparkle of excitement to the Sunday afternoon tilt in Denver. It’s a chance for Chiefs fans to see their exhilarating future quarterback in action for the first time since August.
In addition to Norton, the team named former Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer as its new offensive coordinator and Mike Solari as its offensive line coach.
Fans of the San Francisco 49ers might jump out of their seats and say wait, but he just joined our staff! That’s correct — Norton’s hiring as assistant head coach on Kyle Shanahan’s staff was announced Jan. 8 — but Norton has an out in his contract that allows him to take the Seattle defensive coordinator job, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.
The 49ers released a statement acknowledging Norton’s consideration of external opportunities.
Last week, Ken was presented with an opportunity to once again coordinate a defense, Shanahan said. Because of how we feel about Ken as a coach, we understand and respect his desire to pursue the position.