Why KC Chiefs Will Repeat as Champs – Number 2: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
If Patrick Mahomes had not won the Super Bowl MVP award, it likely would have gone to running back Damien Williams. That should tell you that the running back position is still an integral piece of the Chiefs’ high-flying offense.
While Williams is a good running back in his own right, he wouldn’t be considered one of the league’s top threats at the position. Now that Williams has opted out of this season, the door is wide open for the Chiefs’ 2020 first-round draft pick to show up in a big way.
During the 2018 season, Kansas City released Kareem Hunt just as the playoff seedings were starting to heat up. The abilities of the coaching staff and Patrick Mahomes seemed to move forward without much of a hiccup, but a clear RB1 was missed on the roster.
In the time since then, the Chiefs have been able to employ a running back by committee approach, which seems to have been sufficient for getting the job done. Now, by adding a highly talented draft pick to the position, the Chiefs become an even more lethal offense.
The Chiefs’ selection of Clyde Edwards-Helaire was a bit of a shock on day one of the NFL draft. When a cornerback seemed like a top need, adding a running back to a crowded position group was a bit of a head-scratcher.
Only after understanding that CEH is a perfect fit in Andy Reid’s system did the round one pick make much sense. That alone should give Chiefs fans a lot to look forward to and strike fear into the hearts of NFL defenses.
In an odd start to the season that will take almost every rookie a little more time to get adjusted, CEH will be no different. He may not burst onto the scene as Hunt did on opening night in 2017, but he’ll become what Hunt was and more as the time goes.
In what can be best described as the rich get richer, CEH will give the Chiefs more firepower to put them over the top again. And maybe this time, this particular running back will get to take home the Super Bowl MVP award.