Brett Veach: Patrick Mahomes “one of the best players I have ever seen”

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The Chiefs’ quarterback plan has gone swimmingly so far.

Kansas City moved up to No. 10 overall to select Patrick Mahomes last April. It then showed patience with him, sitting Mahomes behind Alex Smith until the (meaningless) final regular-season game. The Chiefs now will get value for Smith in a trade with Washington that becomes official later this month.

The only question left is whether Mahomes is an upgrade on Smith. The Chiefs believe they already have the answer.

“I think it is more of a plan and a vision and really putting the quarterback in a position to succeed,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said. “I think we had a plan for Patrick and that was to come in, learn the offense and not go out there and play until you have a firm mental grasp of what you want to accomplish. All the physical tools are there. He is one of the best players I have ever seen. But you don’t want to throw them out there too soon. You want them to be who they are and not really process too much, just play. Coach [Andy Reid] had a vision, and we brought him along slowly, and we are excited for the future.”

Mahomes’ only start confirmed his readiness to the Chiefs as he completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in a 27-24 victory over the Broncos.

“It was something we all expected,” Veach said. “From the day Patrick stepped on the field, in the rookie mini camps, the OTAs, the training camps, he has always wowed us. He has a lot to learn yet. I think he grew tremendously. But having watched him day in and day out just impress us, take to the studying, take to working the craft, he did a tremendous job. I think we knew when the Denver game rolled around that he would absolutely make plays and show all the things that he showed throughout this process.”

24 responses to “Brett Veach: Patrick Mahomes “one of the best players I have ever seen”

  1. Most decent QB’s would be an upgrade over Alice Smith. He has been mediocre for the most part of his career. 12 300 yard games in his whole 13-year career. that’s 1 per season. pretty pathetic.

  2. Here we go again, a QB with one game under his belt is now one of the greatest players their pseudo GM has ever seen.How many more months do we have until next season?

  3. I’m sure Chiefs fans will be anxious to watch him lose in the playoffs when Andy call 50 passes per game.

  4. I agree, the whole world will soon get to witness the best QB to ever play the game. Mahomes will take the Chiefs to multiple Super Bowl titles, and is a surefire future HOFer. All the Brady trolls need to move along, cause Mahomes will soon be recognized as the true GOAT

  5. and that first start came against the Broncos team playing all of its starters, while the Chiefs were playing with their 2nd and 3rd strings, while resting for the playoffs. AMAZING

  6. The name of the team is the Redskins. Like the Red Mesa High Redskins, located on a Navajo reservation. You know, that school that all you social justice warriors refuse to address because you don’t know what to say.

  7. Good luck kid, now that teams will plan for you and have some game tape to look at. Potential bust in the making, should have kept Smith another year as a backup……

  8. The jury is still out on this young man. Until he plays SEVERAL games at QB, and faces a variety of defenses, and truly shows he can absorb the speed of the game at this level, one just simply cannot judge completely. He has tremendous potential, but everyone has seen this in other player over the years, and not quite pan out in the long run.

  9. Chiefs did the right thing. It’s all about spreading the salary cap correctly. They got rid of Smith before they had to pay him and got value back. Good so far. Now they put their eggs in Mahomes basket, hoping he will be Bortles-like adequate, handing off to a RB, completing short passes, and protecting the ball.

    Maybe PM will develop into an average or better QB but at least he won’t break the bank which is paramount in today’s NFL.

  10. In his one start he made some throws that I haven’t seen in this league, ever. And that was with Von Miller in his face. Time will tell. I like where we’re sitting in the West. Phyllis will retire soon, the donkeys have nothing at QB, and nobody to find one and Carr looks more like a bust every year.

  11. He beat the Broncos by 3 points in a mean nothing game and now he is great. No TDs and an interception and he is great. KC has all the pressure in the world on them and would certainly prefer to have an experienced back up behind him.

  12. scottster63 says:
    March 3, 2018 at 4:10 pm
    He beat the Broncos by 3 points in a mean nothing game…
    You forgot to mention that he was playing with 2nd & 3rd string offensive players against the Broncos 1st string defense…in Denver.
    So, considering he was a rookie on his 1st ever NFL start, yeah..he did something. Stop trying to under value it.

  13. Jay Cutler style situation with the Broncos coming. Cutler led a pretty good offense but was undone by his own turnovers and an awful Bronco defense (man, that was fun to watch). KC defense about to take a major step back. Hope Mahomes can put up 35 a game. Actually, I don’t, but KC fans should!

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