Patrick Mahomes: I ended up in the perfect place

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During his Wednesday press conference, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid discussed the team’s approach to trading up to land quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft because they’d identified him as the player they wanted running their offense in the future.

That plan could have been scrapped by another team that made the same read, but the first nine picks went down with Mahomes still on the board and the Chiefs got their man. Mahomes referenced that during a December game against the Bears when he counted to 10 with his fingers after throwing a touchdown pass.

While Mahomes might have liked to go higher, he said at his own Wednesday press conference that things couldn’t have turned out any better.

“I think I ended up in the perfect place,” Mahomes said.

Mahomes cited head coach Andy Reid and the rest of the coaching staff as part of the reason why it felt that way and credited then-starter Alex Smith with helping him develop during his rookie season. Mahomes also said being on a team that was already a winner allowed him to be himself, something that may not have been the case had he gone earlier in the draft to a team that didn’t have what he’s found in Kansas City.

11 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: I ended up in the perfect place

  1. Timing is important too. When Alex Smith was at Frisco, he had only Crab as a reasonably good WR, and when he first went to KC, he only had Travis Kelce and practically nothing at the WR spots. Mahomes has Tyreek Hill and an established Kelce when he was ready to start, and they have added Sam Watkins since then. He also had a pretty good running back in Kareem Hunt. Just look at Tom Brady, he had no talent at WR this season and he is not going to the Big Dance.

  2. The last point is important. It doesn’t change how great a player Mahomes is, but we should remember that he joined a team that had just been to the playoffs three years running, had won the division the prior two years, and had won 10, 12, and 11 games in those prior three seasons. He’s done incredible things, and everyone agrees the ceiling is higher now, but he took over a team that was already one of the top teams in the league.

  3. It’s just kind of a moot point…unless someone here can name a great QB that won any games by themselves?

  4. Lets not kid anyone guys. Alex Smith put up career numbers his last year here and couldn’t get past the 50 years slump. He was still pushed out the door for a kid that took it to a whole different level. Yes, he has help on this offense but he has made a lot plays over the last two years, Alex and many other QB’s cant. He has made no name receivers have career seasons in just one game. He makes and average offensive line look top tier from his pocket presence alone.

    He utilizes all of his tools from hitting the FB in a wheel route, to 3rd string TE’s.

  5. I don’t know how Andy Reid does it but he and/or his staff always seems to not only coach QBs to seemingly their highest potential but also accum skills position players with blazing speed. In Philly it was DeSean Jackson, Shady McCoy, and Jeremy Maclin. Then for one glorious season had Michael Vick playing at a high level.

    Now in KC he has Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, that young dude Mecole Hardman….absolute blazers. I expect Hardman to eventually over take Watkins on the depth chart as the second option receiver. Not to mention arguably the best tight end in the NFL Travis Kelce.

  6. The same can be said of Brady. It’s about the system, more so than just the talent around him. Tom has played under the evolving (through Belichick, Weiss, McDaniels and O’Brien) Ron Erhardt system his entire career. Mahomes, if he’s lucky, will have the same through Andy Reid’s system.

  7. He came to a team loaded with talent. He will sign a big contract his weapons will get old and where he will still be a great QB things will get a lot harder. As a Packer fan they are in our 2010 stage. Young great QB who looks to rule the league. Team signs him to a big deal, you are constantly drafting late and have a suspect defense. I have seen this story. Hope they get their title this year because it only gets harder.

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