Published May 8th, 2020 at 6:00 AM6 minute read
That’s a good question, Jennifer.
After all, when they say all of us are at home together during the COVID-19 pandemic, that means all of us, including the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs.
So what are Pat Mahomes and the guys up to? Flatland traversed Twitter to find out.
The good news is the defending champs are working out. While coronavirus concerns have yet to disrupt any part of the 2020 Chiefs playing schedule, the offseason program looks a lot different heading into Kansas City’s campaign to repeat.
Thanks to a deal reached by the league and NFL Players Association, virtual Organized Team Activities (OTAs) were permitted to begin as late as April 27 for teams with returning head coaches. The period can last up to three weeks.
Typically the unofficial on-field start to the offseason program, OTAs are voluntary and permit classroom work with coaches, as well as strength and conditioning work on the field, where coaches are not allowed.
In the age of coronavirus, though, no on-field work will be allowed for any team until all 32 team facilities are given permission by state, local and federal governments to reopen. If any one of the team facilities is closed, then all will remain closed.
While finding motivation to work out under stay-at-home orders might be difficult for regular folks, the prospect of raising the Lombardi Trophy once again next year seems to be doing the trick for Mahomes and Co.
Off the “field” members of the Chiefs are spread out across the country, at home like the rest of us, spending time with family, making a difference in the community, playing video games — even taking up new hobbies.
Kansas City’s darling boy (@PatrickMahomes) joined a plethora of celebrities, musicians and fellow professional athletes, going “All In” and pledging to raise money to provide food to those affected by the coronavirus. One lucky donor will get to spend one hell of a day at Arrowhead alongside the Super Bowl MVP and it’s all for a good cause.
In addition to live tweeting ESPN’s multipart Michael Jordan documentary “The Last Dance,” Mahomes seems to be looking for ways to pass the time until football is back.
“The Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) joined his offensive counterpart touching local communities. On Thursday, the veteran defensive back spent 12 hours on the air raising money to benefit local children and families experiencing hardship in the pandemic. Mathieu was joined by more than 20 notable guests such as Mayor Quinton Lucas, Royals pitcher Brad Keller, KU football head coach Les Miles, Mahomes and many more.
Just over a month after winning Super Bowl LIV, Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (@LaurentDTardif) lined up against our shared opponent. Duvernay-Tardif, who is also a medical doctor, made national news working as a nurse in a Montreal clinic.
“My first day back in the hospital was April 24,” Duvernay-Tardif wrote, per CNN. “I felt nervous the night before, but a good nervous, like before a game.”
Just down the offensive line, tackle Mitchell Schwartz (@MitchSchwartz71) is out there inspiring a world of new cooks — and he actually seems to know what he’s talking about. Schwartz’s at-home series “Mitch in the Kitch” provides a look into an NFL player’s life beyond the game. In his latest episode, the big man makes fajitas.
Tyreek Hill (@cheetah) is one of the most active Twitter users on the Chiefs roster and always proves to be an entertaining follow. Highlights from his timeline during the stay-at-home order include engaging with fans through online gaming, perusing the best streamable concerts and sharing his extreme hamstring workouts. So that’s how you run a 4.29 40-yard dash.
It’s not all fun and games across Chiefs Kingdom. Card carrying members should be encouraged to know head coach Andy Reid and his staff are hard at work, despite stay-at-home orders. Football fans got a one-of-a-kind glance behind the scenes during late April’s all-digital NFL Draft.
For most NFL head coaches, preparation for next season starts the day after the last game of the previous season. In the Super Bowl Champion Chiefs’ case, the 2020 offseason is as short as it gets.
Reid will be presumably leading Zoom calls that the guys won’t want to miss.
With no official word from the NFL regarding alterations to the regular season, single-game and group tickets are on sale today starting with a presale at 11 a.m. local time (online only). Fans can get tickets to watch their defending champs a day after the team announced its 2020 schedule.
The Chiefs open the season on primetime, at home in a rematch of the 2020 divisional round game against the Texans.