Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio made controversial comments Wednesday when he presented a scenario in which Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was supposed to be stopped in the 2020 Super Bowl.
"I want to be careful here because I don't suggest that [the 49ers] try knocking [Mahomes] out of the game, ”said Florio qualified on PFT Live,
“But at a certain point, you risk 15 meters if you can send a message – and football is still a physical, violent game – if you can hit it, even if it's near the sidelines, even if it might has started in his slide? When the championship starts, I think it's a different analysis. "
The 24-year-old reigning MVP had eight broadcasts for 53 yards at Sunday's AFC championship game, including a sensational 27-yard touchdown run, avoiding multiple tackles by the Titans defenders. During the chiefs' victory in the division round against the Texans, he got seven carry for 53 yards.
"If someone had blown up Patrick Mahomes within the five [yard line]? Okay, it depends on the fours [yard line] to the two [yard line], Big thing! Florio said. "So again, I'm not saying that should be part of the deliberate effort, but the Super Bowl drives on it and if this guy thinks he can just go through the defense with no physical consequences, they need to dissuade him from this idea, when he tries it for the first time. "
Florio's message has been poorly received by fans on social media, given the league's recent efforts to improve player security. His comments are even more striking when you consider Mahomes' injury history. At week 7, the chief's quarterback suffered a scary knee injury against the Broncos, which at the time looked like the season could have ended.
"Quarterbacks that become runners become running backs," wrote Florio on Thursday. "They give up all quarterback protection measures. That means they can be hit just like a running back. … For every quarterback who doesn't like this, there is a simple solution: don't let the ball run. "
The Chiefs will play the 49ers at the Super Bowl LIV in Miami on February 2nd.