Jeremy Maclin says Broncos are ‘team to beat’


Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had some comments about the Denver Broncos.

While some players prefer not to talk about other franchises, Jeremy Maclin has no problem stating his opinion.

Maclin, 27, is entering his second year with the Chiefs after seeing the first one go very well. The former University of Missouri star caught a career-best 87 passes for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.

However, Kansas City still has a hurdle to jump despite winning a playoff game for the first time in 22 years last season. The Chiefs went 11-5 but finished in second place in the AFC West to the Denver Broncos, who went on to win the Super Bowl.

On Sirius XM radio, Maclin talked about Denver:

"“We know that they’re the team to beat, not just in the AFC West, but in the whole NFL,” Maclin told Alex Marvez and Ovie Mughelli on the Opening Drive Thursday. “They’re Super Bowl champions, so we understand that. It’s a salty taste, clearly because it’s a division foe, but we’re excited about it. We’re excited about having that opportunity (to unseat them)."

This may seem obvious, but I like Maclin putting the target on Denver while simultaneously putting pressure on his own team. The Chiefs should have very lofty expectations and should be challenging (and frankly, overtaking) the Broncos this year.

Maclin also talked about his chemistry with quarterback Alex Smith, who perhaps gets more flack than he deserves from the national media and fans.

"“All Alex does is win,” Maclin said. “He wins at a high level, and he can do everything. He can throw the ball deep, he can throw the ball intermediate, he can throw the ball short, he can throw the ball with velocity, he can put some touch on the ball. Anything you ask Alex to do, he can do. And what people also don’t understand is how great of an athlete he is. When Alex uses his legs, he’s phenomenal.”"

Hopefully this all leads to sweet music being made at Arrowhead in 2016.