Reid after Mahomes’ slow start: “That’s what the preseason is for”

AP

Chiefs coach Andy Reid has shrugged off interceptions in practice by Patrick Mahomes, saying it was all part of the learning process for his new starting quarterback.

So even though Mahomes didn’t turn it over last night, Reid hasn’t changed his tune.

Mahomes was 5-of-7 for 33 yards in last night’s preseason debut against the Texans, failing to get the Chiefs on the scoreboard in either of the two possessions he played.

“Too many mistakes with this game, but that’s what the preseason is for,” Reid said, via Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. “We’ll go back and work on those things. Clean up some things. Small things matter. And it’s good for these guys to learn that. We’ll get back on the horse in two days and get working on it.”

Mahomes overthrew Travis Kelce once, and his other incompletion was a left-handed attempt to avoid a sack, and for the night he mostly played it safe and they were fine with that.

“There were times Pat had some pressure up there, but the best thing is you either take the sack, take care of the football and not make a turnover or make the play worse,” backup quarterback Chad Henne said. “That’s what Patrick did, and he did a good job.”

The Chiefs had a perfectly safe quarterback in the past, and traded Alex Smith away to give Mahomes a chance to flourish. He hasn’t so far, but they don’t seem particularly panicked.

13 responses to “Reid after Mahomes’ slow start: “That’s what the preseason is for”

  1. Not that he needs to look over his shoulder, but Chase Litton showed some leadership and calm during his play.

    Kid might push Henne and McGloin out the door. Yes, it was 3rd string against 3rd string, but you play with what you’re given. He made the most of his opportunity so far.

  2. As a Chiefs Fan, I was disappointed with a lot of Chiefs performances last night. The O Line was the Worst. When Mahomes was in, the O Line gave him no time to do anything. I hope they play better than that.

  3. Sooner or later he’s going to have to throw a forward pass and DB’s all over the league are salivating.

  4. The only thing they should be panicking about is that oline. It’s just preseason though. Pat made the right reads out there he just had no protection and all Reid wanted to do was throw screens

  5. Pre-season is not for conservative play.
    Use normal risk plays and learn from mistakes.
    Else you end up learning to checkdown all the time and don’t develop.
    Face up to the fact that it’s Mahomes first season (yeah he sat on the bench last season, so what) and he probably won’t be that good.
    Develop him properly and accept some extra losses. Yes, this means you may not make the playoffs. But if you fail to develop Mahomes the organization is set back several years.

  6. Lots of unknowns in this division. At this point any one of the 4 teams has as good a change at winning the division as ending up 4th.

  7. silentbenstrikesback says:
    August 10, 2018 at 9:06 am
    Not that he needs to look over his shoulder, but Chase Litton showed some leadership and calm during his play.

    Kid might push Henne and McGloin out the door. Yes, it was 3rd string against 3rd string, but you play with what you’re given. He made the most of his opportunity so far.
    —————-

    McGloin, yes. He’s been the 4th string QB for like 4 different teams in the past year. He’s like a professional camp arm now.

  8. Chiefs secondary is going to lose them ball games all year long. They need to offer Eric Reid a contract, bring him in, acclimate him to this defense and shore up that weakness.

    Fuller is the only bonafide corner they have at this point.

    KC has had no issues with pilfering 49er quarterbacks for the last 25 years. Unless there’s some pact that Hunt cannot break, they need to upgrade – playoffs are in sight for this year.

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