When sitting on top of the NFL mountain, it can often be difficult to find motivation. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has found some, thanks to the NFL’s annual list of the NFL’s top 100 players.
Mahomes landed at No.4, behind Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (No.1), Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (No.2) and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (No.3).
Mahomes took note of the result, tweeting an emoji of a pencil and notepad.
While clearly not the league’s fourth-best player, the placement is understandable, given the mechanics of the process that generates the annual roster. During the previous season, a supposedly large group of players were asked to list the top 20 players in the NFL. During the 2019 season, Mahomes didn’t have the same sizzle he did in 2018, in large part thanks to the fact that he missed several games with a knee injury.
Indeed, Jackson and Wilson spent much of November and December battling for MVP votes, with Jackson emerging as the clear choice when the Ravens nailed the AFC’s No.1 seed, fueled by a record. from 14-2. Jackson went on to become the unanimous MVP and near-unanimous All-Pro quarterback.
But those nuances are easily lost in a list compiled before Mahomes unleashes the Chiefs for their first Super Bowl win in 50 years and comes to light when training camps open. The end result is a slight perception of Mahomes, and it will surely give him a healthy kick in the butt at a time when kicks in the butt would be otherwise hard to come by.
Not that Mahomes needs a kick in the ass, but his reaction proves that it can’t hurt as the Chiefs try to avoid the different dynamics that have kept a team from repeating themselves as champions. of the Super Bowl since the Patriots won two in a row between 2003 and 2004.