Sam Mellinger

Sam Mellinger

Game film of Patrick Mahomes’ preseason debut reveals an encouraging incomplete pass

Let’s walk step by step through a play you probably forgot about from Kansas City Chiefs rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ first preseason game last week. It was an incomplete pass, but showed smarts and instincts.

Sam Mellinger

The overlooked way the Chiefs hope to stop stinking against the run

The most interesting thing about the Kansas City Chiefs’ regular season could be an interesting debate. But the most important thing might be much more subtle, the kind of wonky football storyline that’s usually glossed over in vagaries, if discussed at all. Because aside from injuries, which can wreck any team’s season, the Chiefs’ only obvious potential fatal flaw is their run defense. That makes Bennie Logan, an alpha run stopper for a team in desperate need of one, a key to this season.

Sam Mellinger

How & why Peter Vermes prepared for years to sell Sporting Kansas City’s best player

By selling forward Dom Dwyer for a market-shifting $1.6 million in allocation money, Sporting Kansas City coach and technical director Peter Vermes did something that perhaps no other man in charge of a major professional sports team would: getting rid of one of his team’s two All-Stars while at the top of the standings and without getting anyone with a pulse in return. Not just that, but Vermes thinks Sporting KC got better in both the short- and long-term.

Sam Mellinger

How Chiefs handle backup QB competition this year will affect Patrick Mahomes’ future

Practice snaps have never been at more of a premium in the NFL, and the No. 3 quarterback gets none. If the Kansas City Chiefs’ plan is for Patrick Mahomes to take over for Alex Smith next season, they may be faced with a bizarre and critical decision. If Tyler Bray remains ahead of Mahomes at the end of the preseason, do they cut off the younger and more talented Mahomes from reps that could help him close the gap? What is the breaking point between planning for now or the future? And can Mahomes get close enough that the Chiefs prioritize bringing out his best sooner than later?

Videos

All-Star Game MVP Robinson Cano says Nelson Cruz's photo op was best moment of game

All-Star Game MVP Robinson Cano spoke to reporters following the American League's 2-1 victory Tuesday, July 12, 2017.
Ethan Bauer Miami Herald
All-Star Game MVP Robinson Cano says Nelson Cruz's photo op was best moment of game 0:25

All-Star Game MVP Robinson Cano says Nelson Cruz's photo op was best moment of game

Mike Moustakas on the Home Run Derby and flying under the radar 0:57

Mike Moustakas on the Home Run Derby and flying under the radar

Mike Moustakas chases Steve Balboni's Royals' home run record 1:16

Mike Moustakas chases Steve Balboni's Royals' home run record

Red Zone Live: Terez Paylor reports on John Dorsey's exit and answers fan questions 32:10

Red Zone Live: Terez Paylor reports on John Dorsey's exit and answers fan questions