Quarterback rankings put Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes among worst in NFL

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes /

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were ranked in the bottom quarter of the entire NFL in terms of overall quarterback situation by USA Today.

The good news: the Denver Broncos are dead last. The bad news: the Kansas City Chiefs don’t fare too much better.

A recent ranking by USA Today’s Steven Ruiz of every team’s quarterback depth chart in the National Football League puts the Chiefs at No. 25 overall, in the bottom quarter of the entire league. It begins with the uncertainty of Patrick Mahomes and the lack of anything substantive behind him. Ruiz writes:

"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."

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While it’s easy to want to defend Mahomes here and claim such a ranking to be silly, it’s actually not that bad of an argument. Mahomes is an unknown until he’s not, and there’s no way around it. Fans can be as optimistic as they want to be, but the Chiefs quarterback situation on paper is a difficult one: a first year starter on a team with playoff aspirations thrown into a lion’s den of a schedule that’s brutal early with several road games. Oh yeah, several of them are in primetime.

If Mahomes is the savior of the franchise that he’s made out to be, a maverick of a quarterback able to make awe-inspiring throws out of nowhere, then of course, all these sorts of rankings will be long forgotten. But this sort of offseason ranking list is actually a nice reminder that it’s really impossible to know exactly what the Chiefs have until Week1, for better or worse.

Mahomes looks the part and there’s more reason for a glass half full approach than otherwise, but if Mahomes is somehow not what he’s been made out to be by the Chiefs coaching staff and front office, this team is in bad shape. Because there’s absolutely no one behind Mahomes who is going to do anything productive, even with this incredible arsenal of offensive weapons around him.