Patrick Mahomes: Kliff Kingsbury, Andy Reid encouraged my no-look passes

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When Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a no-look pass, it looks like improvisation. But it’s something he’s practiced, and something that both his NFL head coach and his college head coach have encouraged him to try.

Mahomes said that he started throwing no-look passes at Texas Tech, when he was coached by Kliff Kingsbury, now head coach of the Cardinals. He then kept working on them as a rookie, as Andy Reid encouraged him to throw no-look passes to keep the Chiefs’ defense off-balance when Mahomes was the scout team quarterback.

“It’s stuff that I’ve worked on – that’s the biggest thing. I did no-look stuff when I was in college with Coach Kingsbury, and he would encourage us to do stuff like that. Then, when I got to the NFL with Coach Reid, I started doing it on scout team and he let me do it,” Mahomes said. “He let me go out there, do some of that stuff and just tinker with things. He always says that training camp is the time to throw interceptions and the time to try stuff that you might not try in a game, so he lets us go out there and be who we are and it’s allowed me to have confidence to do those things in games.”

Mahomes is a uniquely talented quarterback, but that doesn’t mean his success was preordained. Some coaches would have tried to force Mahomes into playing a style of football that doesn’t fit his skill set. Mahomes has been fortunate to work for two coaches, Kingsbury and Reid, who encourage quarterbacks to get creative.

11 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: Kliff Kingsbury, Andy Reid encouraged my no-look passes

  1. Mahomes is one of my favorite QB’s in the league. It kills me the trades traded up and took Mahomes out from under Arizona’s nose as Arizona would of drafted him a couple picks later. I’m happy for KC and Mahomes though because Mahomes ended up going to a great head coach playing on a team loaded with weapons suited to Mahomes skill-set.

    In Arizona fans had to wait a couple more years but the Cardinals ended up landing an elite young talent in QB Kyler Murray who has future super-star written all over him along with a very creative head coach who’s one of the best young offensive minds in the NFL in Kingsbury who’s system is a perfect fit for Murray. In a lot of ways Murray’s game resembles Mahomes a bit given their baseball backgrounds as Murray also can throw from several different arm angles, platforms and can throw on move to either his left or right with precision accuracy. Murray is still uber young too just finishing up his rookie season and should make a big jump greatly improving in his 2nd year in the league with a few more weapons around him next season.

  2. Liked the way you missed a wide open touchdown not looking? Most idiotic idea ever. No look passes work in hockey and basketball due to the size of the playing field. Really dumb strategy in football

  3. I can’t even believe they mention this guy with the great’s he hasn’t won anything yet!

  4. It’s fun to watch, but the receivers need to stop trying to make no-look catches. I bet KC has 7-8 drops in the last 2 games.

  5. I can understand the “tactical advantage” of not looking at your target. However the greats fit the throw in, even with good coverage, even with looking.

    It is fun and all but I’d much rather an accurate pass then a no look miss.

  6. Who is mentioning Mahomes with the great’s (sic)? All I’ve heard is that he’s the best QB in the NFL right now, which is arguably true. Mahomes has better speed and agility and arm than just about everyone else right now. It’s not like Brady is the same QB he was in 2008 anymore. The only one who compares right now with similar results is Wilson, who is limited by some truly laughable playcalling from outdated schemes that worked in the 1990s.

  7. Win or lose on Sunday, there are going to be a lot more Mahomes fans around the country. He is so much fun to watch, and he QB’s on a completely different level than anyone else. It has been a great year, and I think we are in for a real treat with the Super Bowl!

  8. How many bowl games did Texas Tech play in when he was their QB? And what was is record there! A 4-7 season is not good Mahommes!

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