The Chiefs finished last season 12-4 but fell to the Steelers in an 18-16 heartbreaker in the divisional round. Eleven-year veteran linebacker Tamba Hali hardly saw the field.
Hali tweets often to promote his new album or interact with fans, but he doesn’t typically spend his Saturdays tweeting a flurry of complaints about the Chiefs. Over the weekend, Hali went on an uncharacteristic Twitter rant about his playing time and his former college coach, Joe Paterno. On Tuesday, he took to Facebook Live to try to clear the air.
Guys, I think it got blown out of proportion, Hali said. All I was trying to say is, at the end of the day, I love the game.
He plans to play out the final year of his current contract and leave the negotiations for next offseason, but that means the pressure is on.
To continue to be the quarterback for the Saints, Brees can’t just stick around as his stats dwindle. He’ll likely need to continue to produce big numbers and show little to no signs of slowing.
It’s mind over matter, I think, in a lot of ways, Brees told NOLA.com. Yes, there’s a lot of things that I do to take care of my body, but … my approach to the game is I tell myself I’m young, I act like I’m young, I approach the game like I can do anything I want to do. I’m smart about it, but … that’s how I keep my edge.
Forecasting what things would look like if Brees isn’t able to keep his current pace is tough. Would he be willing to play elsewhere if New Orleans moves on? Would he even continue to try to stay in the league (even if it’s still with the Saints) if his play dropped off?
It’s probably a safe bet that Brees can tally another 6,000 yards, but the odds are probably stacked against him throwing 75 more touchdowns.