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KC Chiefs considered to have one of the worst quarterback situations

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during a timeout in the second quarter of an NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs on October 2, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during a timeout in the second quarter of an NFL game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs on October 2, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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While KC Chiefs fans are excited about Patrick Mahomes quarterbacking the offense, USA Today thinks that the Chiefs have a bad situation when it comes to the most important position in the game.

Steven Ruiz of USA Today ranked every single quarterback situation in the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs come in at 25th, which is a bit surprising. Chiefs fans think the WORLD of Patrick Mahomes, so for someone to put him that low on the list is offensive, right?

Before we get angry, let’s hear Ruiz out. His rankings were based off of how good the team’s starting quarterback is and included if they’re injury prone or not.It also took into account how reliable the backup is and how much longer the starting signal caller has left in the league.

With Mahomes being so young and one of the more exciting names in the league, how could the Chiefs be ranked 25th on the list? Well, here was Ruiz’s reasoning for putting them where he did,

"We’re high on Patrick Mahomes after seeing him play in Week 17 last season, but he’s going to be a boom-or-bust guy for the next few years and the Chiefs do not have a solid backup if he gets hurt. No, Chad Henne does not count as a solid backup."

As much as Chiefs fans don’t want to hear it, this explanation checks out. Yes, we’re excited for the Mahomes era to begin, but he’s only played in one game and that’s not enough of a sample size to determine the rest of his career.

There is a possibility that Mahomes won’t pan out. That happens all the time in the NFL where teams draft a quarterback in the first round and he doesn’t turn into their franchise player. In fact, it happens more often than not these days.

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While I do think Mahomes is going to be good, people have to consider what will happen if the Texas Tech product doesn’t pan out. The Chiefs then have to go back to the drawing board in a few years and it could result in Andy Reid and Brett Veach getting fired (yes, I know Veach didn’t draft Mahomes, but he’s still the general manager) and another quarterback getting selected in round one to re-start the process.

Chiefs fans aren’t used to this type of talk because this organization hadn’t selected a quarterback in the first round since before most of us had been born. That’s why Patrick Mahomes is so special to us because he’s the first franchise guy we’ve seen get drafted and groomed to play quarterback in Kansas City. He’s OUR guy, not some castoff from San Francisco.

While I think the Kansas City Chiefs should have been higher on Ruiz’s list, I understand the logic behind it. Say Mahomes gets injured this season (knock on wood please), the Chiefs are then forced to turn to Chad Henne or Matt McGloin to play in the next game or two. While I like Henne as a backup, he’s a backup for a reason.

Cheer up though Chiefs Kingdom – the Chiefs were not the lowest ranked AFC West team on this list. That honor went to the Denver Broncos, who came in dead last. The Raiders were ranked 23rd while the Chargers were shockingly considered to have one of the best situations, coming in at number seven.

I enjoy reading these type of posts because it shows what the rest of the nation thinks of your team. The KC Chiefs aren’t a mainstream team (despite being good for the last half decade) and while we’re all high on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs quarterback situation, not everyone is as optimistic as we are.

The good news is that this is just a list. Mahomes has plenty of time to go out there and prove that he’s the right man for the job in Kansas City.