Andy Reid attributes Patrick Mahomes’ quick success to Alex Smith’s selflessness

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes explained to PFT on Sunday afternoon the value of sitting and learning for a year. That value was enhanced by who he was learning from, while sitting.

“I will come back to last year and being in that room with Alex [Smith], having that opportunity to see how he worked,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid explained to reporters on Monday. “For a young guy, that’s invaluable. Alex was not one who was going to hide anything or play games with him or anything like that. He kept it all out in the open and was secure enough, that wasn’t a problem. . . . He came into a good situation with Alex and I said that was priceless for him. There’s no way he could repay Alex with having that experience. That was phenomenal.”

Smith’s compensation for his efforts was a one-way ticket out of town, but he also received a lucrative new contract from his latest new team. That was probably going to be the outcome anyway, regardless of whether Smith had or hadn’t helped Mahomes.

It’s a testament to Smith’s character that he didn’t perceive the younger player as a threat but as a colleague. Mahomes didn’t draft himself to Kansas City; the team selected him, after trading up in round one to do so. Smith did the selfless thing, teaching someone he had no obligation to teach and making it easier for his employer to move on from him.

56 responses to “Andy Reid attributes Patrick Mahomes’ quick success to Alex Smith’s selflessness

  1. And Andy, yet you stabbed him in the back….
    Alex Smith, the quintessential good guy but the eternal bridesmaid.

    I hope after these experiences, he realizes the NFL is a cruel business.

  2. Remember when that awful coach Mike Nolan almost completely ruined a young Alex Smith and even went so far as to question his toughness about not playing through an injury? Yeah at least Nolan wore a cool suit and tie on the sidelines though…That’s what I like about sports -for the most part you either deliver results or you’re gone, no matter what kind of rah rah stuff and image you put out there -the win/loss record takes care of that. As opposed to other parts of life where you can skate by for decades without delivering actual results, based on who you know or which pretty words you say, like some middle managers in the corporate world, or in politics where somebody as ridiculous as Maxine Waters has held a post for years and years.

  3. As a non-chiefs fan, you have to give Alex Smith all the credit in the world for being a good teammate. His focus was on winning as much as possible, knowing full well every player is one tackle away from an injury. Knowing his team stood a better chance of cohesion by being focused and mentoring his positional colleague, that’s the sign of a great locker room. Alex Smith was benched in favor of kaepernick, and moved to k.c. class act all the way. A good locker room is the only way to be a champion. Never has a super bowl champ had an unorganized locker room. Smith should be the standard in how to unselfishly compete to make the team better. I’m glad the Colts won yesterday, but Alex Smith wins at life. And god, mahomes can ball. A really good story. We all saw the opposite in Favre and Rogers.

  4. As opposed to how the insecure little weasel on the Patriots treated his teammates that played his position. He knew that if they played it would out him as a system (albeit a very good one) QB. See Cassel, Matt. He did great under Belichick. Never to be a starter quality QB once he was not in that system with that coach. His apologists called it his uber competitiveness but the non fan boys know it for what it is.

  5. Reid has made a lot of money in this league, won a lot of regular season games. But sorry Chiefs fans, he will never bring it home. How many years now? Mahomes looks like a stud. But this is a well traveled path for Reid.

  6. Yawn, Brady is known as a mentor and most of his backups have made big money elsewhere as a result. You must be thinking of guys like Favre or Roethelisberger who treat younger QBs like garbage.

  7. If I was paid millions and millions over the years for never winning anything significant, I’d be gracious. humble and helpful too. I would imagine Sam Bradford is a really nice and helpful guy as well.

  8. Last year I watched Mahomes first start against Denver. His mechanics were so good and his arm was off the charts. I thought, aught oh, the AFC West is in big trouble. I don’t think I was wrong. This guy is special!

    Broncos Fan

  9. I applaud the players who do that, though also understand when they don’t. I read a great article from Chris Kluwe when he was competing against Marquette King for the Raiders punter job after Lechler moved on to the Texans. In the article he mentioned how he noticed something King was doing wrong and how he felt conflicted about telling him about it, since it was a competition. In the end he gave him some advice, and King ended up beating Kluwe out for the job in camp. So it’s such a tough position to be in that I don’t blame some players when they give the cold shoulder to a backup that is fighting for their job.

  10. Whatever. Smith isn’t fit to sniff Mahomes’ jock. Captain Checkdown lost many key games for the Chiefs by being too afraid to throw the ball down the field to wide open receivers.

  11. Stand up guy. Meanwhile Big “But I don’t need a motorcycle helmet” Ben openly refuses to help Rudolph the red-nosed bust and Brady cried and cried until they finally traded Jimmy G away. Not because he was that good, simply because he was getting more media attention than Tommy.

  12. tedbundysson says:
    September 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    As opposed to how the insecure little weasel on the Patriots treated his teammates that played his position. He knew that if they played it would out him as a system (albeit a very good one) QB. See Cassel, Matt. He did great under Belichick. Never to be a starter quality QB once he was not in that system with that coach. His apologists called it his uber competitiveness but

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    Actually Matt Cassel was elected to the pro bowl as a member of her Chiefs

  13. Alex Smith is a better-than-average QB, but he’s never done The Things (e.g., 10 TDs in 2 games) that Mahomes is doing.

    And that is the style of quarterbacking that I have missed in the NFL, in that, apart from DaBreeze, P. Rivers, Matt Ryan and a few others, no OC and/or QB tandem has truly huddled up to make the big-time-down-the-field throws (aerial assaults) that Mahomes and young tiger Jarod Goff are currently doing. Yes, football is a game of inches, but it’s also a game of yards, and how great to see these young aerial masters pushing the ball farther down the field instead of stymied play with RB-handoffs that gain 14 inches, if that much lol

    I haven’t seen a CJ2K-style RB yet who can “hit dem edges” and burst out 30-40 yards on a single play.

    Man, I got my popcorn ready, OchoUno/T.O./aka The Real 81, to see these younguns go at it.

  14. Still crazy how Alex Smith was able to withstand all that turmoil going through three head coaches, 7 offensive coordinator, and like 20 starting WRs in 8 seasons with San Fran before Harbaugh.

    it also shows how good Andy Reid was because he made AJ Feeley look really good, and the 49ers fans wanted him to start during that entire mess.

  15. I’ve always been an Alex Smith fan. Guy’s a class act. He’s not the best QB in the league, but if you can put a solid team around him, you got a chance.
    Just love this guy’s selflessness and willingness to be what’s asked of him.

  16. ariani1985 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Patrick could throw farther with his weak arm than Brady on a good day! This guy is awesome!

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    That’s a good one! Does it make up for 57 years and zero championships?

    Maybe you can jump on the KC bandwagon….

  17. Yeah Smith is a great guy…but I can’t stand hearing his name or seeing him play. Why?
    Because the one year my Niners get the #1 pick in the draft, they take him over AARON RODGERS!!….a local kid that could have carried on the QB legacy in Ninerland. The Niners would have at least 6 Super bowl wins

  18. ariani1985 says:
    September 17, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    Patrick could throw farther with his weak arm than Brady on a good day! This guy is awesome!
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    As you’d expect when there’s an 18 year discrepancy in age. Lemmings never let facts get in the way of a good argument

  19. “I hope after these experiences, he realizes the NFL is a cruel business”

    It’s also a well-paying business for starting QBs. He was jettisoned with the Niners too. I’m sure he’s used to it now.

  20. tedbundysson says:
    September 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    As opposed to how the insecure little weasel on the Patriots treated his teammates that played his position. He knew that if they played it would out him as a system (albeit a very good one) QB. See Cassel, Matt. He did great under Belichick. Never to be a starter quality QB once he was not in that system with that coach. His apologists called it his uber competitiveness but the non fan boys know it for what it is.
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    Huh? His former backup was specifically brought back to NE because he is so close to Brady. And Cassell is still in the league and was an all pro based on his tutelage from Brady. And Garapollo has praised Brady for his help. But then you got Peyton and his refusal of allowing his backups to get reps. Peyton goes down and Colts go 2-14. Brady goes down and Pats go 11-5.

  21. Alex Smith may never live up to his #1 overall billing…but he’s nowhere near a bust either. If your NFL playing career can last 14 years regardless of capacity, you did good. The NFL would be a better place with unselfish players like Smith, McCown, et al.

  22. I love Andy Reid but also loath him too. He did so many great things in Philly but just couldn’t get out of his own way. I predict in 2028, Andy trades Mahomes to Washington…ike McNabb and Smith.

  23. Alex total class. Say what you will about him being a game manager but this dude has been on the job for 14 years as a starter and still can get it done. Just think about all of the QBs busts that have come after him.

  24. Kudos to the professional nature with which both QBs operated last year.

    But Alex Smith is the prototypical game manager. You can win with those types, but sometimes you need a bit more from your QB, the franchise.

    Too early to sing such praises from a 2nd year QB, but when you see consistent flashes, everyone takes notice.

  25. Do you think Smith cares? I doesn’t matter whose logo is on the check, as long as it is a BIG check and clears when cashed….

  26. So far Mahomes has faced 2 average defenses. Let’s see what he can do when he faces a top defense, such as the Jaguars, a team he will face on 10/7/2018. The Broncos are not bad defensively either, a team he will face 10/1/2018. After these 2 teams he will face the Patriots, a tough stretch of 3 games. The Chiefs could be 3-3 or even 2-4, if they lose to Frisco.

  27. It worked out for both players. Mahomes was the starter this year whether Alex helped him or not and Alex got a shiny new contract from Washington to see him through his golden years. Win-Win except for the Redskins. They got the pre-2017 Alex Smith and he’s going to be captain checkdown for the next 4 years.

  28. nhpats says:
    September 17, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Actually Matt Cassel was elected to the pro bowl as a member of her Chiefs

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    To put that in context. He never broke 60% comp. or 3200 yards for the Chiefs. 3 out of his 4 years as QB the Chiefs won 4 games or less. Somehow they won 10 games that one season with 58% comp. and 3100 yards passing. His best year by far statistically was his last for the NE.

    I think people were just surprised the Chiefs won more than 4 games because i have no idea why anyone would’ve voted him for the pro bowl. I’m pretty sure the defense was what carried them to those wins.

  29. 700levelvet | Sep 17, 2018, 5:25 PM CDT

    Reid has made a lot of money in this league, won a lot of regular season games. But sorry Chiefs fans, he will never bring it home. How many years now? Mahomes looks like a stud. But this is a well traveled path for Reid.
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    (From Groundhog Day)

    “ some people look at this glass and see it half empty, others would see it half full, I’m guessing you’re a half empty kind of guy “

  30. There is a lot of class in this article, it is nice to hear. They all oppose my team, but I wish them all success in this league.

  31. All new QB look good until the film is out on them. So, enjoy it while it lasts KC.

    BTW, Ms. Bunchen has always had a noodle for an arm. That’s along with his love of Uggs.

  32. LoCoSu@%s says:

    September 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    And Andy, yet you stabbed him in the back….
    Alex Smith, the quintessential good guy but the eternal bridesmaid.

    I hope after these experiences, he realizes the NFL is a cruel business.
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    Cruel business, really? How much has Alex Smith made in his career?

  33. Trollonto was on Mahomes like a fat kid on a cupcake all off season. But now??? Crickets. What happened Joe? Mom take your computer privleges away until you cleaned your room?

  34. tedbundysson says:
    September 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    As opposed to how the insecure little weasel on the Patriots treated his teammates that played his position. He knew that if they played it would out him as a system (albeit a very good one) QB. See Cassel, Matt. He did great under Belichick. Never to be a starter quality QB once he was not in that system with that coach. His apologists called it his uber competitiveness but the non fan boys know it for what it is.

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    as marlo would say. you wish it was one way, but its the other. youre so wrong. choosy headline reader is all i can say.

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