Patrick Mahomes quickly realizes how different an NFL offense is

AP

For quarterbacks attempting to make the transition from college to the pros, one of the biggest challenges comes from learning the far more convoluted offenses of the NFL. For Chiefs rookie Patrick Mahomes, the transition began over the weekend, with the team’s rookie minicamp.

 “It’s definitely learning,” Mahomes told reporters, via quotes distributed by the team. “More so just going through the process and making the ‘mike’ ID, calling the play and making sure everyone is in the right position. It’s a lot more than I had at Texas Tech but we’re learning as we go and we’re getting better every single rep.”

One big challenge for Mahomes, like most other rookie quarterbacks, comes from communication.

“The words are pretty difficult but you get those down,” Mahomes said. “It’s about knowing what’s happening when you say the words. You can’t just say them and not know what’s going on. For me, it’s all about knowing what’s going on the entire play and knowing why coach is calling this play. . . . The biggest thing was just getting in that huddle, calling the play and knowing it. I’ve studied all of the installs that we did. . . . But whenever I got out there and called it, I had to look out, see the guys and make sure everyone was in the right position. That was the process which was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.”

It’s a little surprising he didn’t know how hard it was going to be. But now he does, and as he sits behind Alex Smith for however long Mahomes will sit, he’ll have time to learn what he needs to learn about life as an NFL quarterback.

As he learns even more about the process, chances are he’ll continue to realize it’s all a lot harder than he thought it was going to be.

18 responses to “Patrick Mahomes quickly realizes how different an NFL offense is

  1. All Alex Smith does is win and all he does is continue to get disrespected… The 9ers wish they had him back right now. “Capa in Checkdown”…. If Smith was on the market in free agency he would have been wine and dined by like 10 teams. Can’t win in the playoffs? He only dropped like 4 touchdowns on the Colts in a playoff game… And that defense played like water letting everybody run through it. And all he did was go blow for blow with Drew Brees in the playoffs and flat beat them. Some times I wonder if it Alex Smith holding back Alex Smith or the coaches. Turn him loose. As much as I love Harbaugh. He hurt the 9ers franchise a ton letting this guy go for Kap.

  2. As with all young QBs, it just depends on how much time he spends and how good he wants to be. Maybe the trend of a few years ago where instagram physical workouts were posted changes to instagrams of these young guys in the film room/meeting room. That’s where I would want my team’s young QB to be. Off season training with private QB coaches, throwing sessions with teammates, and film study.
    That’s the recipe for success if the tools are there.

  3. It’s actually probably easier than Mahomes thought it was going to be. He’s just trying to fit in as a new teammate and trying to keep a low profile. You can learn the offense pretty quickly. Learning the NFL defenses is the hard part. The defenses know you’re coming to the line trying to identify certain things, and they’re not going to make it easy. Then, once the ball is snapped, everything happens really fast. Mahomes is fortunate to play for Andy Reid. Andy does a lot of the thinking for the QB. There are guys wide open on every play, and that doesn’t happen much in the NFL. This is a match made in heaven.

  4. rockbot69 says:
    May 8, 2017 7:17 AM
    All Alex Smith does is win and all he does is continue to get disrespected… The 9ers wish they had him back right now. “Capa in Checkdown”…. If Smith was on the market in free agency he would have been wine and dined by like 10 teams. Can’t win in the playoffs? He only dropped like 4 touchdowns on the Colts in a playoff game… And that defense played like water letting everybody run through it. And all he did was go blow for blow with Drew Brees in the playoffs and flat beat them. Some times I wonder if it Alex Smith holding back Alex Smith or the coaches. Turn him loose. As much as I love Harbaugh. He hurt the 9ers franchise a ton letting this guy go for Kap.

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    His career winning percentages averages to 9 wins per season. He’s made the playoffs 4 times in 11 years and won 2 of 6 playoff games.

    I wouldn’t say all he does is win.

    He isn’t good enough to beat the best teams come playoff time.

    At the time the 49ers made the Super Bowl, Kaepernick was certainly good enough to beat the best teams in the playoffs. It was a good move in the short term.

    Not so much now.

  5. firstdownbrowns says:
    May 8, 2017 7:28 AM
    sounds like he is repeating the 8th grade.

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    It really does… You would think he would be aware in advance how much harder it was going to be. The info is available.

    That’s a red flag.

  6. Chiefs offense should be pretty easy to learn. Hand the ball off and know where Travis Kelce is at all times and you’re on your way to 10 wins.
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    Yep…that’s all it is. You would think the other 31 teams would know that and scheme for it. Yet the Chiefs still win 10-12 games a season…weird.

  7. Vince Young scored something like a 7 on the Wonderlic. It’s not a good thing if your QB of the future scores a 7 considering what they have to know and what they have to decide all within a nano-sec. Vince, of course, didn’t make it despite the truly excellent coaching job of Jeff Fisher [ who knew early on this wasn’t going to work but was over-ruled by those above him ].

    Jaguars new running back, Fournette, is also alleged to have scored a 7 on the Wonderlic but he has only two things to worry about; what hole to hit or what defender to block. That’s a whole lot less mental required, unlike playing Q.B.

  8. Way too much media attention on this kid. That can’t be a good thing for a young QB, from a small school, trying to learn how to become an NFL QB.

  9. bullcharger says:
    May 8, 2017 7:33 AM

    His career winning percentages averages to 9 wins per season. He’s made the playoffs 4 times in 11 years and won 2 of 6 playoff games.

    I wouldn’t say all he does is win.

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    2005-2012: 38-36-1. 14,280 yards, 81 TD’s, 75 Int’s.
    2013-20016: 41-20-0. 13,566 yards, 76 TD’s, 28 Int’s.

    The problem in San Fran wasn’t Alex Smith. The problem in San Fran is that the 49ers were an awful franchise that hired coach after coach after coach with little to no success until Harbaugh was hired, six years into Alex Smith’s career.

    Forcing him to play through a serious shoulder injury, which also robbed him of arm strength, didn’t help his cause, either.

  10. Why is QB the only position where if the QB isn’t elite they get killed? Alex Smith is a solid QB that helps his team win. If teams can win a Super Bowl with Flacco (who is another solid QB that gets far too much heat) then a team can win with Smith. Every team wants a Rodgers or Brady, but those types don’t grow on trees. Having an Alex Smith is much better than some teams will throw out there this year.

  11. At least Mahomes can, and will look downfield. The coward Alice won’t even try. AS is too scared to play in the NFL. You just can’t play that way and expect to be elite, which he couldn’t be further from. It’s a QB league. You either have one, or you don’t win meaningful games.

  12. And don’t insult Flacco with the comparison to AS. Alice hasn’t done half of what Flacco has, in less time.

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