Andy Reid: Pat Mahomes couldn’t pay Alex Smith enough for preparing him

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Patrick Mahomes said earlier this week he ended up in the perfect place. The Chiefs quarterback sat behind Alex Smith for a season before becoming the starter and an MVP.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Mahomes learned how to be a pro’s pro by watching Smith.

“How to study, diet, his workout regimen, and how to get family acclimated into the NFL,” Reid said, via NBCSportsWashington. “Pat couldn’t pay Alex enough for what he taught him.”

Colin Kaepernick and Nick Foles also sat behind Smith before leading a team to a Super Bowl.

Mahomes got the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in his third season, his second as a starter. Smith’s presence in 2017, perhaps, sped up that process for Mahomes and the Chiefs.

“It gave me a blueprint, and it was something that helped me out a lot early in my career,” Mahomes said. “Just knowing what film I need to watch on what day and how to go out there and practice the right way.”

11 responses to “Andy Reid: Pat Mahomes couldn’t pay Alex Smith enough for preparing him

  1. Colin Kaepernick and Nick Foles also sat behind Smith before leading a team to a Super Bowl.

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    Smith had a good start the year Kap replaced him in San Fran. I think Harbaugh chose Kap as starter because he’s a fresh face, catching teams off guard. Look at Kap’s stats the 2014 and after. Smith probably would’ve led the 49ers to the SB as well in 2012, Kap just made it look flashy.

  2. Alex Smith was the definition of a pro. I hope next year I can change that was to an is. I’d sign him in a heartbeat, if only to show Trubisky how to do it.

  3. If anybody deserved to come back from a major injury to go after a SuperBowl win, it’s Alex Smith. The man defines the word “class,” and I sure hope he’s able to continue his career.

  4. Alice Smith did nothing to teach Patrick how to come back these last two games. Alice was awful bringing his team from behind and was almost as woeful winning playoff games. Let’s not give Alice any praise he has not earned. Alice was Mr. Regular Season/Mrs. Playoff Choker.

  5. Prior to Pat Mahomes bringing the Chiefs back from a 24 point deficit against the Texans this year, the quarterback with the largest comeback in Chiefs franchise history was Alex Smith. He brought the Chiefs back from a 21 point deficit against the Chargers on opening day 2016. You don’t have many opportunities to bring your team back from behind when you win as much as Alex Smith.

  6. Alex Smith is one class act, unselfish professional. One of a kind. I remember the year he took a real beating at San Fran. Never complained one time.

  7. DOLPHINS fan but always liked Alex from the get. Great guy and I would take him in Miami for two years if healthy for sure. Hope we see him again.

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