Terek Hill Patrick Mahomes: A Competitive NFL Nobody Expected

by Martin Rogers
FOX Sports Columnist

The weirdest new competition in the NFL is here, and it’s hard to say if it’s really a rivalry at all, just beef, a troll job, or a way to raise podcast ratings.

Terrick Hill’s verbal kicks at the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes – respectively his old team and former quarterback – were very unexpected and truly downright bizarre.

Yes, that’s kind of cool.

That’s a controversy we didn’t see coming, making it the perfect fodder for the timing of this largely empty pocket of the year, when football happened long enough that the details of the last campaign were a bit hazy, and the new season is far enough away to not feel real. distance.

Hill does that, filling the usually lazy summer news cycle with a growing list of digs into where he made his name and QB who fired all those passes in his direction.

His barbs are wide and varied, but they are all pointed and there is no room for confusion. In the new “It Need To Be Said” podcast, Hill criticized the way it was used in Kansas City and insisted the chiefs would struggle without following his trade with the Miami Dolphins.

Furthermore, in a comment ridiculed by most NFL watchers, Dolphins claimed third year QB Tua Tagovailoa is a more accurate passer than the Mahomes – the same Mahomes with a Super Bowl loop and four consecutive AFC Championship games.

“Obviously I’d choose 15 as the strongest arm,” Hill said. “But in terms of accuracy, I’ll go with Tua all day.”

Deshaun Watson, Terek Hill leads the list of the best starters in the NFL. talk about yourself

Deshaun Watson, Terek Hill leads the list of the best starters in the NFL.  talk about yourself

The NFL overseas saw a movement like no other. Deshaun Watson moved from Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns and Tyreek Hill went from Super Bowl QB winner Patrick Mahomes to Tua and the Miami Dolphins.

Football is not a polite game and it wouldn’t be as popular if it was. Competitive banter is part of the deal. Show me a fan who says they don’t enjoy this aspect of this aspect on some level and I might show you an economical person with the truth.

But the Hill & Friends Show (now ex-friends, presumably) doesn’t fit the typical mold of such things. From the outside, there wasn’t any animosity left.

Mahomes and Hill were a dynamic combination that gave each look a full appreciation for the other’s excellence. Hill has raised 4,854 yards over the past four seasons, with 43 touchdowns. There were times when his exuberant foot movements made him near impossible to handle effectively.

He was part of that memorable 13-second comeback against the Buffalo Bills and seems to be an integral part of the Chiefs’ fabric. And when it comes to the Mahomes, you don’t usually identify the respectable young face of the NFL as an obvious target for someone’s wrath.

Even Mahomes seems puzzled.

“I spoke to him in Formula One in Miami in May and everything seemed to be fine,” Mahomes told reporters. “I’m sure he’s trying to show that he loves his place in Miami and he loves his teammates. The thing I loved about Tyreek – and I still love him – is that he wants to win.”

Part of Hill’s frustration was with its use, which he felt should have been greater. However, the Chiefs’ view is that head coach Andy Reed, offensive coordinator Eric Benemi and Mahomes simply had to consider other options, such as the level of coverage Hill was attracting.

The resulting deal was a massive trade backed by a package of draft picks, and a massive contract that would pay the broad receiver a $120 million leading position over four years.

So where does this thing go next? It seemed like nowhere for a while. There doesn’t seem to be much outlet for an ongoing squabble, as the Dolphins and Chiefs weren’t scheduled to meet in the regular season until 2023, the only possibility of a face-off in the Asian playoffs, which the Dolphins didn’t. It was part of for six years.

But then Hill got into the matter with Ryan Clark, the safety of the former Pittsburgh Steelers, who accused him, that is, of being an economist with truth in connection with Mahomes’ comments, and here we are, something that has now taken up enough of our time to be watched and monitored in the coming months.

Hill is upset that he’s not finding a solution anytime soon. Expect more chatting with him. Sooner or later, bosses might get sick from it and return the food with something a little spicy. Well, let’s hope so. The summer heat is just another reminder that Sundays are still far away.

The Hill-Mahomes/Chiefs TV series is the ridiculous rivalry we need. Weird enough to make us scratch our heads, and interesting enough to be more than fleeting. And unlike enough to help us remember that the NFL is built on fire and ego, which just adds to the whole thing.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. You can sign up for our daily newsletter here.

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