Tamba Hali sees some Brett Favre in Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was an assistant coach with the Packers for seven seasons under Mike Holmgren when Brett Favre played quarterback in Green Bay.

If former Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali‘s thoughts on new Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes prove to be valid, Reid might have a Favre reincarnation at his disposal in Kansas City.

In an interview with the NFL Network on Wednesday, Hali said he sees similarities between Mahomes and the Hall of Fame quarterback.

You’re going to get a complete player,” Hali said of Mahomes. “I mean, he’s a smart player. He can throw the ball. Athletically, he’s gifted. You don’t have to coach it.

“In practice I’d watch him just look guys off. I mean, Eric Berry, you look him off and complete the ball. He did it to Marcus Peters a lot. So, people don’t know what’s coming. I don’t want to hype him, but I compare him to Brett Favre. He runs around the field and he throws the ball and he’s just having fun.”

Hali was able to watch Mahomes in practice throughout the season and came away bullish on his potential. The trade of Alex Smith to Washington over the offseason cleared the decks for Mahomes to assume the starting job in Kansas City. However, Mahomes is still a completely unproven commodity at the NFL level. He started the final game of last season as Smith was rested ahead of the playoffs. Mahomes completed 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with a touchdown and two interception. Even in the limited sample size, Mahomes’ talent showed itself in a few occasions during his only regular season action of his rookie campaign.

Reid clearly felt excited about Mahomes’ potential as well in trading up in the 2017 NFL Draft to select him 10th overall. While an expectation of becoming Favre version 2.0 is certainly unfair at this stage, Mahomes will have the chance to succeed under Reid in Kansas City.

19 responses to “Tamba Hali sees some Brett Favre in Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes

  1. Here we go again … everyone is the “next Brett Favre” based on arm talent and risk-taking. While that was Favre’s reputation it was his knowledge of the WC offense and restraint developed over years, that made him a multiple-time MVP and owner of every record in the book. All these “gunslingers” never last more than a few years and that’s a fact. Brett Favre was WAY MORE than a gunslinger, or he wouldn’t have accomplished what he did.

  2. I see a lot of Todd Blackledge in MaHomes. One drafted 7 the other ten in round one by KC. MaHomes will have about as successful career as Blackledge did…

  3. I hope he is everything I have been hearing about Mahomes, but Hali last year was praising Dee Ford. Ford has not done anything yet in the league. So we will see if Mahomes can put the college hype on the NFL playing field.

  4. Some of these people/players need to hold their horses on comparing players. Tamba Hali never played with Brett Favre, so I’m not sure how he can make the comparison. And it’s not all that hard to look off Marcus Peters, as Peters only looks for interceptions not to actually cover or tackle. Let Mahomes play in games that really matter first before making some random comparison. For all we know, he could be the next Brett Hundley, not the next Brett Favre.

  5. swede700 says:
    June 28, 2018 at 10:12 am

    “Tamba Hali never played with Brett Favre, so I’m not sure how he can make the comparison.”

    Hali played against Favre at least three times (not sure about Pro Bowls): once each against the Packers, Jets, and Vikings.

    In any case, I understand everyone’s skepticism of Mahomes. However, anyone who follows the Chiefs will tell you that all the hype about his arm talent is not only true, but it’s also just a fraction of why people are getting so excited about him. His pocket presence appears to be elite. Unlike Alex Smith, he knows how to manipulate the pocket to buy time and always keeps his eyes down the field, regardless of pressure. He also seems to process things as fast (maybe faster) than Alex Smith. He apparently has a firm grasp of the playbook and is learning how to take what the defense gives him, which brings me to my next point: Mahomes is EXTREMELY confident! Like Favre, Mahomes knows he can make any throw under any circumstances. That might be a dangerous quality for most QBs, but Mahomes not only did this throughout college (while keeping his INTs low), he will also be throwing to Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins (among others).

    It’s easy to doubt the kid now, but let’s see what everyone thinks of him after the 2018 season.

  6. All of this praise from players and fans, and the kid hasn’t played a meaningful down yet.
    Bust written all over it…

  7. It’s only one game but he did BEAT Denver’s starters in week 17 on the road. While he had the second team offense to work with. Let’s all just relax & see what happens.

  8. That is laughable. I dont see it , maybe in their propensity’s for throwing INT’s w/ both having absolute cannons of arms. Mahomes as a Long way to go though, he was a project as a QB and I think he will be going through a lot development this year as he starts, I could see him throwing as many touchdowns as interceptions. If I were Andy Reid I’d of rather waited until this season to get a QB knowing that this years class had more talent & was much deeper at QB considering what KC gave up, giving multiple draft picks including 2 firsts moving up 15 spots to draft Mahomes. Hopefully he works out for KC.

  9. ctchiefsfan25 says:
    June 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    It’s only one game but he did BEAT Denver’s starters in week 17 on the road. While he had the second team offense to work with. Let’s all just relax & see what happens.

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    That’s nothing to brag about, last time I checked Denver was horrible last year earning the 5th overall pick in that draft. By week 17 last season Denvers Defense could care less, they just wanted to wrap up the season without getting hurt in a meaningless nothing of a game.

  10. I think Mahomes will end up being better than Favre, but it’s going to take a real commitment, and a ton of work. Basically, Mahomes will be as good as he wants to be. He’s as talented as any QB to come out in years. Alex Smith has won exactly 2 playoff games in his entire NFL career. I don’t blame any team for trying to upgrade their QB position.

  11. hawkkiller says:
    June 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    ctchiefsfan25 says:
    June 28, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    It’s only one game but he did BEAT Denver’s starters in week 17 on the road. While he had the second team offense to work with. Let’s all just relax & see what happens.

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    That’s nothing to brag about, last time I checked Denver was horrible last year earning the 5th overall pick in that draft. By week 17 last season Denvers Defense could care less, they just wanted to wrap up the season without getting hurt in a meaningless nothing of a game.
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    Meaningless game? Yes. But please explain why Denver played ALL of their starters for the entire game.

  12. hawkkiller says:
    June 28, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    If I were Andy Reid I’d of rather waited until this season to get a QB knowing that this years class had more talent & was much deeper at QB considering what KC gave up, giving multiple draft picks including 2 firsts moving up 15 spots to draft Mahomes. Hopefully he works out for KC.

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    Well, that explains why you don’t think highly of Mahomes…you are not Andy Reid. You didn’t spend over a year working with the kid. I’m assuming you’ve never coached QBs at the NFL level. I think it’s funny how armchair coaches and GMs think they know better than those who have been doing this at the highest level for years.

    To me, it sounds like you are a fan of one of the Chiefs’s rivals so it makes you feel better to think (hope) that Mahomes is much worse than everyone says he is. If that’s the case, I have a feeling you are going to hate the next 10 years or so.

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