- Mar 31, 2013
It's an interesting debate because I think what we have seen over recent football history is that a great QB can get you to the playoffs regardless of supporting cast, but to win the Super Bowl you really need to have a well-rounded team. Manning, Brady, Brees, Rodgers, etc. all have had monster seasons, but only really won when they had a good defense around them. Even KC doesn't win the Super Bowl last year if they didn't have the 7th best defense in the league.How much is too much? I think we all agree that Mahomes is the best player in the world. Jackson is great, but Mahomes is really on another level entirely. There's nothing a QB needs to do that he doesn't do...at an elite level, at least as far as I can tell. And he's not even yet 25 years old. It's like when LeBron was in his prime - a lot of other great players, but nobody on his level.
But there's a salary cap - a real one. Every dollar spent on Mahomes is a dollar you cannot spend on someone else. How much money is too much? Let's not talk about length of contract. Let's just talk about on a one-year basis, how much money is too much even for Mahomes? $40 million? $45 million? $50 million? More? At a certain point, obviously mathematically it becomes too much - there is a literal limit he can be paid or else you cannot field a team. And obviously there's a point at which it's clear he's well worth THIS amount (whatever THIS is). So the truth lies somewhere in-between. But what is that line?
So yes, Mahomes by himself is probably worth 9-11 wins a season as long as he stays healthy, but I don't think that is what KC is going for, they want to win multiple super bowls, and historically that has been very tough to do unless you have a good defense and good players on offense. Even going back to Marino and Elway, those guys needed help to win (and Marino never got it and he was every bit as good as Mahomes).