Patrick Mahomes: Alex Smith wasn’t there, but he was part of win

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Among the topics of conversation in the days leading up to Super Bowl LIV was the impact that Alex Smith had on Patrick Mahomes when Mahomes arrived in Kansas City as a first-round pick in 2017.

Smith started at quarterback during Mahomes’ rookie season and led the Chiefs to a playoff berth while the rookie watched and learned about life in the NFL. Head coach Andy Reid called it an invaluable experience for Mahomes and the quarterback said on Monday Smith was one of the people to reach out to him in the wake of Sunday’s victory over the 49ers.

Mahomes also said that he doesn’t think the Chiefs would have reached that level of success if not for Smith’s contributions.

“He texted me right after the game, saying he enjoyed it just as much as we did,” Mahomes said, via ESPN.com. “He wasn’t there, but he was part of it — I think that’s the biggest thing. He built the culture that I came into. He was the guy that led the team to all these successful seasons and built that winning culture.”

Mahomes has taken the Chiefs places that weren’t possible with Smith at the helm of the offense, but it was clear throughout their run to a Super Bowl title that he played an integral role in making the team believe that reaching that height was possible.

48 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: Alex Smith wasn’t there, but he was part of win

  1. The best part of this SB was watching Richard – the cracked cup kid – Sherman, he of so many higher learning degrees, getting schooled by the-more-injured-than-not Sammy Watkins to at the most critical point of the game.
    Shermy, your old, slow and no longer capable of playing corner in the big leagues. Time to get some more PEDS, bulk up and try out for safety in the CFL.. Are you SAD BRO?

  2. Sean McVay is SB last year…Kyle S in SB this year…Alex Smith teaching Patrick the ropes…It seems teams with links to the Redskins…play in SB quite often…wanna be a head coach that goes to the SB…? Become Washington’s offensive coordinator first…

  3. Alex may never play again ,and considering his past with KC he should be presented with a Super Bowl ring as Mahomes just said the man contributed end of story !!!! Get well Alex !

  4. The guy I hate it for the most is Justin Houston. He was literally there for it all and as bad as that defense was he was a small bright spot.

    Yes, Alex Smith was a big part too, but he’s been gone for 2 years.

  5. In addition to the mentoring, the Alex Smith trade resulting in more cap space for KC, plus the Chiefs got Kendall Fuller, who ended up with an INT in the Superbowl. I’d say it all worked out better than planned.

  6. Alex Smith was the reason why the Chiefs didnt win the Super Bowl earlier.

    Smith in 2017 had 27 touchdowns. Mahomes with the exact same supporting cast had double his touchdowns the following year. QB was the only thing holding them back.

  7. tb12greatest says:
    February 4, 2020 at 8:43 am
    Super Bowl wins:

    Brady – 6

    Mahomes – 1
    _______________________

    Ironically, this article is about respect and the class portrayed by SB MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs organization. Then we are reminded about the class of Patriots..

  8. It is good that Alex Smith has gotten paid. Otherwise his career has been a tremendous disappointment. He was 1st overall pick, lost his job to Kaepernick who went on to make a run at a super bowl with a team Alex Couldn’t get to the playoffs. Goes to Kansas City and loses his job to second year QB Mahomes, who goes even further to win a super bowl, again with a team Alex could not get traction in the playoffs. And now poor Alex is saddled with a team and franchise that is going absolutely nowhere and he is again in competition with another 2nd year QB.

  9. One class act acknowledging another. KC is/was fortunate to have both of these guys.

    Chiefs fans, if you want to thank Alex for his role in building this Chiefs culture, do what I did. Go donate $11 to the Alex Smith Foundation.

  10. tb12greatest says:
    February 4, 2020 at 8:43 am
    Super Bowl wins:

    Brady – 6

    Mahomes – 1
    —————————-
    Super bowl wins without a ranked top 5 defense:

    Brady – 1

    Mahomes – 1

  11. tb12greatest says:
    February 4, 2020 at 8:43 am
    Super Bowl wins:

    Brady – 6

    Mahomes – 1

    ——————————————————————–

    Seasons in the NFL

    Brady – 20

    Mahomes – 3

  12. Patriots fan here, do not tar us all with the same brush. I love Mahomes he is a breathe of fresh air. So respectful, classy and so talented. He will be the face of the league for many years to come and will make the Chiefs the team to beat in the AFC for a long time.

  13. Wasn’t clear to me. Please share an example. This is just another

    “but it was clear throughout their run to a Super Bowl title that he played an integral role in making the team believe that reaching that height was possible.”

  14. Mahomes is just more and more likable by the day. Very classy to mention Smith.

    Smith was always underrated. He had the worst coaching staff and management for his first 5 years, and that nearly wrecked him. He had a real shot at a ring with SF, but they choked in 2011 just as bad as this year.

  15. Being that Alex smith played a huge role with the Chiefs, he should be awarded a Super Bowl ring as well.

  16. Outside of his talent, this is the kind of reason I rooted for Mahomes all season. Well, except a couple of times against the Texans. Great attitude and deserving of this success.

  17. Patrick Mahomes is the ant-Manzeil/Mayfield QB. Seems to have the upbringing they lack.

    Congratulations to the Chiefs, the state of Missouri (not Kansas) and to the 3rd black QB to win the Super Bowl, joining Doug Williams and Russell Wilson.

  18. Matt Moore was there, and he too deserves credit for a 2-1 record in Mahomes’ absence. Like Mike Livingston in 1970- The backup was very much an asset.

  19. Why do we continue to pretend that doing the right thing is such a big deal? Smith cashed-in in KC. Sixty million is a lot of money. Smith’s work with Mahomes was nothing more than doing the right thing, earning his paycheck. Quit acting like Smith is the second coming. He is a football player. Let it go.

  20. “Super Bowl wins:

    Brady – 6

    Mahomes – 1”

    Seeing NE fans melt down about Mahomes is quite amusing.

  21. It’s sad so many folks can take a positive story like this and turn it into something venomous and twisted.

    The extremely negative and sour comments of some of these guys and gals on here says more about them and their insecurities and lack of ability to be happy than it does about Alex, Tb12, Mahomes or anything related to the subject of football.

    Look in the mirror , why are you so bitter ?

    Is this how you react to positive things around you in your life that aren’t directly about you?

    Maybe it’s time to rethink that worldview , if not the one you’re hurting is only yourself.

  22. Very classy and very accurate. It was Reid and Smith coming to town in 2013 that turned everything around. They went from 2-14 the season before to making the playoffs 4 of the 5 years that Smith was there, reaching the divisional round twice.

    During his time with the Chiefs, Smith went to the Pro Bowl 3 times, never had more than 8 interceptions in a season, and was a huge part of their success.

    Mahomes has raised the ceiling considerably, and deserves the acclaim he’s getting. But he didn’t have to take a 2-14 team to the SB; he had to take a solid playoff team to the SB.

  23. Clinton Barnett says:
    February 4, 2020 at 1:07 pm
    It’s sad so many folks can take a positive story like this and turn it into something venomous and twisted.
    The extremely negative and sour comments of some of these guys and gals on here says more about them and their insecurities and lack of ability to be happy than it does about Alex, Tb12, Mahomes or anything related to the subject of football.
    Look in the mirror , why are you so bitter ?
    Is this how you react to positive things around you in your life that aren’t directly about you?
    Maybe it’s time to rethink that worldview , if not the one you’re hurting is only yourself.
    ——————————-
    Apparently, some of you people have never been to Las Vegas. I don’t have the patience for weakness when all it takes is opening your eyes. It’s actually a pretty small field to take in. It’s 100 yards x 5o yards. Quit acting like football is something special. It’s not.

  24. tb12greatest says:
    February 4, 2020 at 8:43 am
    Super Bowl wins:

    Brady – 6

    Mahomes – 1
    ******************

    Big Brady and Patriots fan here. But this thread has nothing to do with Patriots or Brady. Mahomes is class act and only getting started. Great talent, fun to watch, and by all appearances, a superstar that kids can look up to. Let the fans enjoy without the negativity.

  25. Why do people forget that Alex Smith had 12 different offensive coordinators in 14 years 8 in first 8 years. A little harder than say Brady running the same offense for 20 years.

  26. greybeard01 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    Why do people forget that Alex Smith had 12 different offensive coordinators in 14 years 8 in first 8 years. A little harder than say Brady running the same offense for 20 years.
    ————————–
    He got them all fired. That’s the entire issue with Smith. He stares down receivers then checks it down for a two-yard gain, time and time again, resulting in the OC getting fired–every last one of them. He was a real downer for a lot of good coaches.

  27. I remember how Jim Harbaugh destroyed his NFL coaching career by keeping Kapernick as starter instead of putting Alex back in. The guy had won 15 of his previous 16 games.

  28. Don’t paint ALL us Pats fans with that same brush. Comparing Brady’s SB wins to Mahomes is just stupid. Wait until this kid has played in as many of them as Tom, and Mahomes very well could have more rings than Tom. Mahomes is a class act, and so is Brady, regardless of what the haters think and say. The thing that makes Mahomes so exciting is that he can play like a bum for two or three quarters and then play like the best QB who’s ever stepped on the field. He is the real deal, and I commend him for not only his on-field performances, but also for the mature, classy way he comports himself off the field. Congratulations on the first of MANY SB wins to come, young man. Well-deserved!

  29. Agree on the Brady comment. I would prefer people just evaluate Mahomes play and forget about comparing him to the GOAT for at least 10 or 15 years. It’s human nature – people always think the latest thing is the greatest thing.

  30. hedleykow says:
    February 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    He got them all fired. That’s the entire issue with Smith. He stares down receivers then checks it down for a two-yard gain, time and time again, resulting in the OC getting fired–every last one of them. He was a real downer for a lot of good coaches.
    ——————————————————————————
    Alex Smith took off in his 4th year which is typical. Quarterbacks that are great the first year or so in the league are few and far between. Peyton Manning went 1-15 his rookie year. Troy Aikman also 1-15. Both are 1st ballot hall of famers.

  31. hedleykow says:
    February 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    He got them all fired. That’s the entire issue with Smith. He stares down receivers then checks it down for a two-yard gain, time and time again, resulting in the OC getting fired–every last one of them. He was a real downer for a lot of good coaches.

    ==============

    This is not true or accurate at all. His first two OCs, Mike McCarthy & Norv Turner, were each hired away as head coaches by other teams (Packers, Chargers) after each being with the 49ers for one season. Smith then ran into a stretch of injury issues that led the third OC, Mike Martz, to name a different starter. Then the team hired Mike Singletary as head coach, and he fired Martz due to differences in offensive philosophy.

    Smith didn’t play well in the Singletary phase, so you can make a case that he hurt the prospects of the two OCs from that period, Jimmy Raye and Mike Johnson. But the team and coaching was a train wreck at that time. Then Harbaugh and Roman came on board, and success followed.

  32. qdog112 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 11:48 am
    Patrick Mahomes is the ant-Manzeil/Mayfield QB. Seems to have the upbringing they lack.

    Congratulations to the Chiefs, the state of Missouri (not Kansas) and to the 3rd black QB to win the Super Bowl, joining Doug Williams and Russell Wilson.
    __________________________

    Well darn. I live in Kansas City (Kansas Side), about 40 feet from Missouri and about 12 minutes from the stadium… Multiple seasons season ticket holder. I sure wish i could enjoy it 🙁

    And race… Don’t tell his mom.

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