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Are the Chiefs fans a toxic fan base or is Tyrann Mathieu toxic?

Is Tyrann Mathieu the toxic one? I mean the Chiefs fans have embraced him since he landed in KC.

As a professional talent evaluator, I have never been able to warm-up to Tyrann Mathieu and I would not sign him as a general manager (GM) if my life depended on it. 

Tyrann Mathieu is toxic.

There is just something about him that has never sat well in my soul. Everytime I have even heard his name or his nickname, it has made me cringe.

I was not at all surprised to see him implode in the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay. 

Mathieu was one of the main reasons Kansas City got their ass handed to them against the Buccaneers. Look how he completely quits and gives up on this Leonard Fourette touchdown run. 

If I was the GM of the Kansas Chiefs right now, I would cut him. How dare Mathieu come out and put one of the best fanbases in the NFL on blast. How dare he come out and say the Chiefs’ fanbase is “one of the most toxic fanbases in all of sports.” 

Kansas City Chiefs fans are awesome. Chiefs’ fans are extremely passionate and they love their team. I have long admired their fanbase and how they absolutely bring it every time they pack into Arrowhead Stadium. I remember thinking as a kid how that “Tomahawk Chop” they did in unison was daunting. 

I did us all a favor and went back and turned on the game film of Super Bowl LV and evaluated Mathieu. I think it is time we call him out. I think it is time we show the world just what kind of an embarrassment he was in the biggest game of the year. The penalty for taunting when he stuck his finger in Brady’s face was just one example of poor judgment he showed throughout the game. He made the game all about himself. It was written all over his body-language and it was easy to see on film with him wearing those yellow gloves. He stood out alright, but for all the wrong reasons.

Let’s put him on blast. I encourage Chiefs’ fans to spread this evaluation all over the Chiefs’ Nation. 

#32 Safety Tyrann Mathieu 5’9″ 174

Super Bowl XL evaluation (2021) Game Grade: F

Big reputation player who did not play hard in the Super Bowl and he could not control his emotions. Did show flashes of elite closing ability, but did not go full speed most of the game. Body looked rigid. He was seen jogging on several active running plays. He also could not get to the QB in time on a delayed blitz. Spent more time playing give-up football than anything else. Did not even challenge at the line of scrimmage on the goal-line. Mostly noticed during the game for the pass interference call in the end zone and subsequent play, when he tried to hold Antonio Brown down in the end zone after his blown coverage. Drew another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Was seen coming off the field at halftime screaming and yelling, with his helmet off and further exhibiting lack of control. In pass coverage was late in arriving on all but one pass play, when he broke up a pass in the second quarter. Completely stopped in active coverage on a big Mike Evans Tampa passing play. Took a bad angle on another completed pass to a tight end. Absolutely embarrassing how he gave up on the Leonard Fournette touchdown run. He wanted very little to do with run support during the entire game, except getting in on some garbage stat gang tackles when he lined up by the line of scrimmage at the end of the 4th quarter. Mostly just stood around and danced around the action from start to finish. Contributed little to nothing in the first half. Gave impression he did not want to be there. Failing effort on game film. 

It was not good. It was not good at all. It amazes me that a player who did his best to give the game to Tampa Bay would then turn around come and run his mouth against the fanbase that supports him. 

Maybe it should not amaze me however, since the only thing Tyrann Mathieu seems to be any good at any more is running his mouth.

Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK. 

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