Andy Reid doesn’t care about Patrick Mahomes’ practice interceptions

AP

When asked about quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing seven interceptions in six training camp practices on Wednesday, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said young players “need those hiccups because they become valuable lessons” for the future.

Mahomes threw another interception on Thursday, which led to head coach Andy Reid getting a chance to weigh in on the quarterback’s turnovers. He echoed Bieniemy’s feeling that this is all part of the process for Mahomes as he prepares for his first season as the team’s starter.

“I told you at the beginning of camp I don’t care about all that stuff,” Reid said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “I want him to test the offense … If you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to go test it you’re going to be one of those quarterbacks who checks it down every time. That’s not what it’s all about. The great thing about Pat is that he never makes the same mistake twice. It doesn’t happen … When he does make a mistake he comes back and he can talk to you about it. He’s done nothing but get better and better as we go and he’s got a load on him here.”

The Chiefs have been consistent when it comes to not making too much of any errors Mahomes makes on the practice field as they’re an inevitable part of the education that he needs to absorb this year. It won’t be quite as easy to stick with that line of thinking if the mistakes are still piling up a month from now, but no one’s hitting anything close to a panic button in Kansas City now.

24 responses to “Andy Reid doesn’t care about Patrick Mahomes’ practice interceptions

  1. I just said the same thing in the story about Keenum not throwing interceptions in Broncos camp. Who cares about training camp stats? Christian Ponder used to tuck and run if his first read wasn’t open during practice. That prevents interceptions but doesn’t help you learn.

  2. Chiefs fans get ready to see that stupid look on his face with every pick he throws, and there will be lots of them.

  3. I’ve never been sold on this kid. He’s hoping I’m wrong. Would like to see the Chiefs compete, gotta love a fan base with that much passion

  4. You can get a check down QB that will win you 9 or 10 games, but then go one and done in the playoffs. That’s why they brought in Mahomes. Most HOF QB’s threw plenty of interceptions their first training camp.

  5. Can’t wait to see Jon Manziel Jr. doing 360 spins and throwing no-look passes off his back foot into triple coverage on a regular basis.

    Maybe the Chiefs will win a Super Bowl again in 2069.

  6. joetoronto says:
    August 2, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Chiefs fans get ready to see that stupid look on his face with every pick he throws, and there will be lots of them.
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    Leave it to a Vegas fan to be an expert on stupid.

  7. erinrodgersreachednirvana says:
    August 2, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Doesn’t mean much. Peyton Manning threw a crap ton of interceptions his first few years in the league. The edge Mahomes has over him is that team’s were still allowed to play defense in 1998.
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    He set the bar so high for rookie interceptions, it will never be broken.

  8. Brett Favre and Drew Brees threw a lot of interceptions, even after they were in the league 10 years. They each own super bowl rings too. They push the ball downfield, and give their team a chance to win. Playing it safe will eliminate both interceptions, and super bowl trophies.

  9. I have to say that the blind optimism that I see about Mahomes in a sizeable portion of the Chiefs’ fanbase is almost identical to the delusional optimism I see about Gruden from his sizeable groupie-segment in the fanbase of of my Raiders.

  10. bastardfromhell says:
    August 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Maybe Andy has never heard of the phrase; “You play as well as you practice”
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    I have to disagree. The reports on Jimmy Garoppolo in Patriots training camps were that he looked out of sync with the offense, over threw players and in general couldn’t maintain drives. But we have all seen what he can do in live games.

    This doesn’t mean Mahomes will be similar, but like always there are exceptions to most rules.

  11. kcsam76 says:
    August 2, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Can’t wait to see Jon Manziel Jr. doing 360 spins and throwing no-look passes off his back foot into triple coverage on a regular basis.
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    Me neither. It’s going to be exciting watching the quarterback dictate the action, for a change.

  12. araidersfan says:
    August 2, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I have to say that the blind optimism that I see about Mahomes in a sizeable portion of the Chiefs’ fanbase is almost identical to the delusional optimism I see about Gruden from his sizeable groupie-segment in the fanbase of of my Raiders.
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    What else would you have for a guy that has only played in one game? Are Raiders fans that jaded by continued failure?

  13. Oh KC.. First to hallucinate by anointing Mahomes as the next HOF QB.
    And first to exit in the playoffs …like clockwork.
    Just sad to see year after year….

  14. Reid instead of answering questions from the media, why not brush up on your clock management.

  15. I love to see a team trust in a guy. Basically throw out a really good QB for one that is unproven. That is incredibly gutsy. He will make or break the team. Wasn’t the big knock on him coming out of College his judgement? We shall see.

  16. ““I want him to test the offense … If you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to go test it you’re going to be one of those quarterbacks who checks it down every time.

    – I know who Andy has in mind. Can’t blame him. Skins think they got a better one 😀

  17. Loved the subconscious(or not) shot Andy took at Alex Smith, and the whole checkdown QB stuff. That’s why he got rid of Smith. Mahomes has guts enough to throw into tight spots and if a receiver isn’t wide open. If it sometimes results in an INT, that’s a small price to pay for the times it results in a great play.

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