Andy Reid isn't to blame for Patrick Mahomes' knee injury
Let's pump the brakes here on all this "WHAT THE HECK IS ANDY REID DOING HAVING PATRICK MAHOMES RUN A QUARTERBACK SNEAK" business.
Unfortunately - and also horrifyingly - injuries happen a lot in the NFL. Mahomes, as fans pointed out, came into the game already hobbled by an ankle injury. But that may not be connected to a quarterback - one who is 230 pounds, for what it's worth - leaping with a football into a pile of 300-pounders and emerging with a knee injury.
"It was a freak thing, sometimes it happens," Reid told reporters after the game, via Pro Football Talk. And that's exactly it. You could describe any play in the NFL that way.
Here are some folks who agree:
Mahomes MRI results aren't even back yet ... and the idea that talking heads are saying Andy Reid shouldn't have called a QB sneak is making my head spin. Jesus. It was a freak injury! They happen. It's football. Find another hot take. This one stinks.
- Mark Zinno (@MarkZinno) October 18, 2019
If Tom Brady can QB sneak then Mahomes can as well...Im not here for the "YOU CAN'T SNEAK WITH MAHOMES" crowd
pound sand...its football
- Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) October 18, 2019
And some who don't:
In fact, it was a smart call by Reid on a 4th-and-1 in Broncos territory and a good bet against the struggling Joe Flacco. Back in 2017, ESPN The Magazine pointed out that the QB sneak had gone down in usage, but that when teams ran it, the conversation rates were better than other plays. From 2001 to 2016, the New England Patriots ran it the most - not a surprise, is it? - and coverted a first down 90.6 percent of the time!
Can you remember a time Brady was injured on one of those plays? Nope. If Brady went down with that kind of injury on a sneak, would everyone be calling for Bill Belichick's head? Of course not. But it's the same situation and I'd argue Brady is just as valuable as the reigning MVP who went down on Thursday night.
So let's chalk it up to bad injury luck and not terrible coaching.
Patrick Mahomes was in obvious discomfort throughout the Kansas City Chiefs loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night, favoring his left ankle at numerous times during the game. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn't seem
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