HOF Roaf on Super Bowl 53: ‘I think we gotta put an asterisk next to that one’

For some, Super Bowl 53 was not very exciting, in fact, some people were bored by what they watched in Atlanta. In a game that saw the Rams have more punts(9) than points, the Patriots would defeat Los Angeles 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history.

While all eyes were on the big game in Atlanta, many fans in New Orleans refused to watch because they felt jobbed by the NFL after a missed pass interference call late in the NFC title game against the Rams, and according to nola.com, last year’s Super Bowl earned a rating of 53 in New Orleans, while Super Bowl 53 earned a 26.2 rating in the “Big Easy,” which is a clear indication that Saints fans were not interested in watching.

Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who started his career with the Saints and played nine seasons in New Orleans, thinks the Saints not playing in Super Bowl 53 took away from the game.

“I think it lost its luster,” Roaf told Paul Gant and the Go4it podcast. “I think a lot of people feel the way I feel that they don’t count it as a Super Bowl because the Saints should have been there, and the way that game was played, even made that more apparent they(Rams) shouldn’t have been there. The Rams had a great year; they stepped it up in the playoffs, but a lot of people feel the same way I feel. They’re really not thinking of counting that(Super Bowl), especially in New Orleans. You go anywhere in New Orleans, and they are not counting that as the Super Bowl. They’re not; they think the Saints got screwed out of it.”

Because the Saints were not there, Roaf believes that people should put an asterisk next to the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl 53.

“I think we gotta put an asterisk next to that one,” Roaf added. “That’s six, but the way they won that, I think there is an asterisk next to that Super Bowl.”

Missed calls happen in the NFL, but we still have to give the Patriots their proper respect for winning Super Bowl 53. Maybe the Saints beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but no matter how anyone feels, the Patriots are the world champs, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Listen to the interview below with Roaf at 16:50 as he talks Super Bowl 53:

 

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Willie Roaf: Chiefs can build a dynasty with Mahomes

For the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2018 season did not end the way they expected. They had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they had the highest scoring offense in football, and they had the best player in 2018 in QB Patrick Mahomes, but their defense could not hold up, and Tom Brady and the Patriots would defeat the Chiefs 37-31 in OT in the AFC title game.

While losing this game hurts for Kansas City, the Chiefs can be excited about the future. Mahomes has proven that he has the goods, WR Tyreek Hill is explosive, and Travis Kelce is an elite tight end. All this talent has Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who played for the Chiefs from 2002-05, very excited about the future.

“They got Mahomes, who is a different quarterback than anybody,” Roaf recently said on the Go4it podcast. “The offense has a bunch of guys and the best tight end in the league…

“I will tell you this; the Chiefs will be back, a lot coming up in the future. If they add pieces to their defense and get more running backs… Mostly draft defense. The Chiefs will be knocking on the door, and with that young quarterback, Mahomes, they will be building some type of dynasty. So, this is this kid’s first year starting, and he is just now figuring things out, so when you put more weapons around him, and Sammy Watkins was out most of the year. And then, they lost (Kareem)Hunt going into the playoffs, and he(Mahomes) was still able to go up and down the field.

“So, you give me some more weapons, and you keep that young group intact… They got a chance to win a couple of rings with that young boy in Kansas City.”

Last week, the Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and hired former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo to lead their defense. Spagnuolo was in charge of the Giants’ defense that beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Chiefs fans should be excited about the future, but in the NFL, they’re no guarantees, so we’ll see if the Chiefs can improve their defense, and continue to build a great offense in 2019.

Listen below as Roaf talks the future of the Chiefs at the 07:10 mark:

 

HOF Willie Roaf thinks the Chiefs could rout the Pats in AFC title game

The AFC title game is a matchup of old versus new. The old legend in Tom Brady against maybe a new legend in Patrick Mahomes. In the regular season, Brady and the Patriots outlasted Mahomes and the Chiefs 43-40 at Foxboro back in October. This time around Mahomes and the Chiefs will have home-field advantage as Kansas City battles the Patriots on Sunday(6:40 PMET) at Arrowhead with a chance to go to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.

Brady and Bill Belichick are arguably the greatest duos in NFL history, and history has shown us that it is hard to bet against this combination, but according to former Chiefs OT and Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, Kansas City will get it done on Sunday, and he is pretty confident about it.

‘This kid (Patrick) Mahomes is special, Roaf told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “For his first-year starting, he is doing some amazing things, so I’m looking forward to it, but it’s going to be a tall task for Tom Brady and those guys to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home. I would be surprised. It’s tough to play in Arrowhead.”

The Chiefs are 8-1 at home, including their blowout victory over the Colts last weekend in the divisional round; conversely, the Patriots have struggled away from Foxboro, and are 3-5 on the road.

You would think if the Patriots had any advantage it would be coaching as the Patriots have possibly the greatest coach of all-time in Bill Belichick, but according to Roaf, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who is 1-4 in championship games, will have a lot to prove, which Roaf believes will help the Chiefs on Sunday.

“I think Andy Reid has something to prove,” Roaf said. “I think he knows he has a special player in Mahomes, more special than (Donovan) McNabb was. And the ability this kid has and the maturity he is showing right now, I don’t think I’m too concerned. I just think they need to score points, play Chiefs’ football, control the clock, and I think the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl.”

Roaf is so confident in the Chiefs that he thinks it might be a rout.

“I think the game against the Patriots could be a blowout,” Roaf said.

Listen below as Roaf talks championship weekend in the NFL. Also, make sure to support Roaf’s “Frame Your Game” at frameyourgame.com.

 

Listen to Go4it! Guest: Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

We will be talking sports and having fun doing it! We will be joined by Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who will discuss the AFC & NFC Championship Games and more! Who will win? Roaf will let you know. Should be an exciting weekend for Roaf since he played for both the Saints and Chiefs.

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Roaf on Chiefs: ‘I think not having Hunt back there is going to hurt them moving forward’

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC West title, clinched a bye, and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC after beating the Raiders 35-3 at Arrowhead. The Chiefs will have two weeks to rest up before they play in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

As they go into the playoffs, you wonder how the Chiefs will perform, especially without star RB Kareem Hunt, who was released from the team in November after a video surfaced of Hunt and a woman being involved in a physical altercation back in February.

Not having Hunt could hurt this team come playoff time. The hope is that Spencer Ware, who is battling hamstring and shoulder injuries, and Damien Williams, who had over a hundred yards in Week 16 against the Seahawks, can carry the load for this team come playoff time. Not bad options, but none as good as Hunt.

While the Chiefs still have many weapons on the offensive of the ball, Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who played for Chiefs from 2002-2005, thinks Kansas City is going to miss what Hunt brings to the table come playoff time.

“I think the loss of Hunt is going to hurt them more than it has shown,” Roaf recently told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “I mean Hunt could get out the backfield, and he took the pressure off of them because he can run and catch it out the backfield. And he was so versatile, and he really helped spread that offense open for those other guys, so I think not having Hunt back there is going to hurt them moving forward. Can they get past that? We’ll see. I don’t know how far they can go now that Hunt is gone. He’s a Pro-Bowl, All-Pro type of running back, so I don’t care, when you lose somebody like that, it’s going to hurt.”

Patrick Mahomes and that Chiefs’ defense have to step up their play in the absence of Hunt if the Chiefs want to get to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta. The AFC is wide open, and by the having home-field throughout the playoffs, the Chiefs have the advantage.

Listen to the complete interview with Hall of Famer Willie Roaf below: