Tyrann Mathieu says Chiefs’ ‘toxic’ fanbase comments were ‘a mistake’ made out of frustration
No NFL team has been more successful in the past three seasons than the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs racked up a 38-10 regular-season record between 2018 and 2020. They won the AFC title game in each of those three seasons, qualified twice for the Super Bowl, and won the AFC title game. ‘have won once.
Of course, this season has been a bit different. The Chiefs are just 3-4 after seven weeks, and they are yet to win a back-to-back game. The main culprits in the team’s struggles have been a propensity to commit hearty turnovers, as well as a defense that struggled to secure saves. The Chiefs rank 28th in yards allowed per game, 27th in points allowed per game and 31st in defensive efficiency, according to the Football Outsiders DVOA.
Frustration is bubbling up within the fan base, and on Friday it spilled over into interaction with a few defenders. A chef-focused Instagram account asked fans a question on Friday, asking which of GM Brett Veach’s decisions was the worst: to trade and then sign peak rusher Frank Clark for a five-year, $ 105 million contract. , signing linebacker Anthony Hitchens to a five-year, $ 45 million contract, or passing Jonathan Taylor, D’Andre Swift, Cam Akers, JK Dobbins and Antonio Gibson to select Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the NFL 2020.
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Hitchens got wind of the message and responded in kind.
“All we’ve done is go to 3 AFC Championship games and 2 Super Bowls and 1 SB win in my first 3 years here so far,” Hitchens wrote in the section comments. “All of you fans will never be satisfied, it’s sad!” “
Apparently to support both his teammates and the team’s general manager, security Tyrann Mathieu replied to Hitchens: “Important facts. This is perhaps one of the most toxic fan bases of all. sports. “
Some Chiefs fans in the comments didn’t appreciate the players ‘opinions too much, and several of them started talking to Mathieu about the topics of the team’s relative struggles this season, salaries and the players’ profession. as professional footballers, and Mathieu’s decision to engage with fans on Instagram.
Mathieu appeared to take this to heart, as he said on Saturday his comments were “a mistake”. Much like the fans, he let his own and the team’s poor start get to him a bit. “I didn’t have the season I wanted to have,” said Mathieu. “Frustration tends to build up.”
Several other fans jumped on Mathieu and Hitchens’ defenses, calling those arguing with them “fake fans” and telling players not to let the actions and comments of those fans represent the entire fan base. .
The Chiefs have a chance to get back on track Monday night against the struggling New York Giants, who are coming off their second win of the season but have seen their own defense retreat massively this season. The Giants’ offense is getting a bit healthier though, which could cause problems for the Chiefs. If the team can start racking up the wins, something tells me that the fans will have less to say about the performance of the players and the respective salaries.