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Oakland Raiders must get ready for Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City


With the Alex Smith trade to the Washington Redskins, it’s the Patrick Mahomes era with the Kansas City Chiefs. Are the Oakland Raiders ready for this? We had ourselves a big and surprising trade in the NFL on Tuesday night. Not to say that the move ...


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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes No15 of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)Oakland Raiders news: Roger Goodell gives insight to Rooney Rule, relocation agreement by John BuhlerOakland Raiders: 5 free safeties to target in 2018 NFL free agency by John BuhlerAFC WestOakland Raiders must get ready for Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas Cityby John Buhler3 days agoFollow @buhler118TweetSharexGPlusPinCommentWith the Alex Smith trade to the Washington Redskins, it’s the Patrick Mahomes era with the Kansas City ChiefsAre the Oakland Raiders ready for this?We had ourselves a big and surprising trade in the NFL on Tuesday nightNot to say that the move itself was earth-shattering, but it comes as a shock in terms of when it came and how it impacts several franchises at the quarterback position.The Kansas City Chiefs sent Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pickSo this means the Oakland Raiders‘ arch rival in the Chiefs get a second cornerback to start opposite of Marcus Peters in Kansas City.Washington will move on from Kirk Cousins at quarterbackHe could sign with teams like the Denver Broncos or the New York Jets in free agencyThis also means it is the beginning of the Patrick Mahomes era in Chiefs footballWill the Silver and Black be ready to take on this former Texas Tech gunslinger twice annually going forward?The plan all along in Kansas City was to move on from Smith in favor of MahomesChiefs head coach Andy Reid likens Mahomes to the guy he used to coach in Green BayYou know, Brett FavreMahomes was one of the strongest arms we’ve seen come out of college in some timeHe was a raw prospect coming out of Texas Tech, as he starred in Kliff Kingsbury‘s Air Raid system.Mahomes wasn’t going to play much as a rookie, as he needed to familiarize himself with a pro-style offenseHe did play in Week 17 versus the Denver Broncos in 2017Mahomes completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 284 yards and an interception..theiaPostSlider_nav._lower{display:none !important}Must Read: Raiders NFL Draft: 5 edge players to take in first roundEven though no Air Raid quarterback had ever had success in the NFL, in Kansas City’s eyes, Mahomes was worth trading up to No10 to be the second quarterback off the boardSo how will he fare in presumably his first year as a starter? Will it be good news or bad news for the Raiders?Let’s be realKansas City wouldn’t have made the Smith trade if the Chiefs didn’t think Mahomes was ready to startIn his first game against the Broncos, he didn’t look overly overwhelmed playing the positionMahomes was able to make a bunch of tight window throws inside of a muddy pocketThough he didn’t throw any touchdowns, it does look like it’s going to work with him in Kansas City.More from Just Blog BabyOakland Raiders news: Jon Gruden should use fullback more in 201810h agoOakland Raiders: 5 questions to think about during the 2018 NFL Draft1 d agoOakland Raiders news: Lessons that could be learned in Super Bowl LII1 d agoSuper Bowl LII live stream, Eagles vsPatriots: How to watch online1 d agoOakland Raiders 2018 NFL Draft: 5 skill position players to target in first round2d agoThat being said, his gunslinger instincts could get him in trouble as a second-year playerDo keep in mind that the Chiefs lost their offensive coordinator Matt Nagy to the Chicago Bears head coaching job.This means Reid will be more involved in play calling in 2018That didn’t go over so well during the middle of the season for Kansas CityThe Chiefs had the confidence to promote running backs coach Eric Bieniemy from within, but maybe the passing game concepts won’t be as intricate as they were under Nagy.Oakland looks to have upgraded on defense in terms of staffThe Cincinnati Bengals were usually solid on defense with Paul Guenther calling the shotsHe’ll now be in charge of game planning against Mahomes twice annuallyHowever, there won’t be a lot of NFL tape on Mahomes before the Raiders’ first game with the Chiefs next yearMahomes could be hard to stop.Next: Raiders NFL Draft: 5 DBs to take in first roundOverall, it is key for the Raiders secondary to play well against the Chiefs now with Mahomes at quarterbackHe has the arm talent to make all the throws needed to be a star in this leagueHowever, he could be baited into throwing some costly picksIn time, Mahomes could prove to be an upgrade over SmithThat’s not ideal because Smith used to carve up the Raiders all the timeAll we know is it’s a new era of Chiefs football and the Raiders must adjust accordingly Load Comments Top StoriesJust Blog Baby 2d agoKirk Cousins to the Denver Broncos could reshape AFC WestBleacher Report 2d agoSteve Bisciotti Says Ravens Considered Firing John Harbaugh After SeasonJust Blog Baby 2d agoOakland Raiders news: Weight gain limited Amari Cooper's effectiveness in 2017Just Blog Baby 3d agoOakland Raiders: 5 free safeties to target in 2018 NFL free agencyNewsletter Your Oakland RaidersYour inboxEvery Day.Build your own custom daily newsletter with updates on your favorite teams, sent directly to your inbox.Your privacy is safe with usWe’ll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like.AboutAboutMastheadPressOpeningsSwagStay ConnectedOur 300+ SitesMobile AppsFanSided DailyGoogle NewsstandFanSided DealsContactTechnical SupportAdvertiseWriter ApplicationTipsDownload our mobile appsYour favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices.

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