Patrick Mahomes: I don’t know if I’m on Tom Brady’s level

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Patrick Mahomes has won a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP, and a regular season MVP over his first two years as a starting quarterback.

That’s an enviable resume, but he has some work to do to make his list of accomplishments look as good as the one Tom Brady has compiled over the last two decades. Mahomes has had a chance to reflect on that this week with a game against Brady and the Buccaneers on deck, and he said he still sees Brady on a higher plane as a result of his career accomplishments.

“I don’t know if I’m on his level yet,” Mahomes said, via Nate Taylor of TheAthletic.com. “He’s someone that’s a global star. For me, I just try to be myself and put in the work and try to win games. All that other stuff kind of comes with it. I just try to be a normal guy and live it up with my teammates and have fun doing it.”

Mahomes and Brady squared off three times when Brady was with the Patriots. The Chiefs won last season’s regular season matchup, but the Patriots won a 43-40 thriller in 2018 and then came back for an overtime win in that season’s AFC title game. Brady sought Mahomes out after that game in order to pay the younger quarterback a compliment he took to heart.

“He just grabbed me after the game and I was kind of leaving the stadium,” Mahomes said. “He just talked about how he respected how I did everything the right way. It’s just cool to have a guy of that stature who has won championships that has respect for your game as much as you have respect for his. It was definitely a cool experience.”

With the two players in different conferences, a Super Bowl maybe the only chance left to see them play against each other. If Sunday’s game is another classic, there probably won’t be much objection to that.

45 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: I don’t know if I’m on Tom Brady’s level

  1. There will be ups and downs of course, but If Mahomes can last 15-20 years with supreme or relative health out there (and there’s no reason at this point to think he can’t), he’ll be on that short list with Brady as the greatest of his era, or ever. What a fun player to watch. Truly unique.

  2. He not yet, but off to a great start. All he needs to do now is maintain that level for a couple decades and get the career on the books.

  3. If Tampa doesn’t adjust their office to a short passing game that Brady was a custom to and New England it probably won’t be a close game

  4. It will take a long time before mahomes or any other qb for that matter reaches brady’s level. However one area where mahomes has surpassed the goat is sportsmanship. If kc should lose this game which I think they will. There’s absolutely no doubt what so ever that patrick mahomes will be more than willing to shake the goat’s hand.

  5. Kid has a huge ego – win 5 more SBs then ask yourself that question – the media treats him like he is the second coming of Jesus.

  6. He’s on Tom’s level and a step above, and a lot more exciting, like farve without all the interceptions.

  7. It depends on what you’re talking about. Mahomes is not on Eli Manning’s level if you’re looking solely at super bowl victories. In that respect, Dan Marino isn’t on Joe Flacco’s level. Was Marino a better QB than Joe Flacco or Brad Johnson? I guess that depends on your criteria. Some people, I guess would put those guys above Marino. Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t be as good as Eli either. And Terry Bradshaw is better than everyone except Brady, and he’s tied with Montana. Eli Manning would be better than every QB in NFL history except Brady, Montana, Bradshaw, and Troy Aikman. Maybe Eli should be getting more respect. Why doesn’t his name get mentioned more often when we’re talking about the greatest QB’s ever? For those who just look at who’s the best QB of this era. I’d say it’s Mahomes. No disrespect to Brady. He’s right up there with the greatest QB’s ever. How much cheating was going on in New England? Probably a lot more than what has been discovered. But still, Brady is awesome. But Mahomes, if he keeps improving, might some day challenge Joe Montana as the GOAT.

  8. Brady was good, but he definitely had the luck of being with the same coach all those years. Not one player wins a SB by themselves.

  9. Mahomes is already better than Brady ever was. But does Mahomes have the coaching and discipline Brady has. Also, does he have the same clutch gene as Brady. Certainly on ability, Mahomes is way above Brady. But playing QB is more than just ability, there is a lot of mental acuity required, and Brady may be above Pat in that respect.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  10. Well, if you’re talking about then, Mahomes isn’t even close. If you’re talking about now, Mahomes is pretty far ahead.

  11. flash1224 says:
    November 26, 2020 at 8:25 am
    No one is.

    No player let alone QB will go to 9 SB and win 6.

    GOAT

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    If Goodell continues to cheat for KC, Mahomes could easily get up to Brady’s level.

    That said, Mahomes doesn’t have the greatest coach and GM ever like Brady had.

    How’s Arians looking in TB for TommyBoy? HMm?

  12. People have their indignation misplaced. Some are mad because a comparison is made between a young QB and the success of a seasoned veteran. Don’t get mad at Patrick. He isn’t starting these conversations. He’s not asking for these comparisons.
    But at the same time he certainly doesn’t have to apologize for the success he’s already attained or for the talent he’s displayed.

  13. Reel it in a bit Patrick. You’re a really talented kid but try to keep your ego in check. Don’t let your head get too big 👍

  14. As far as natural ability, throwing a football & running in space, Patrick Mahomes was better than Brady from the jump. Mentally he is not quite on Brady’s level but he is getting close. The way everyone’s final say on this debate is telling 6-1. Last I checked, this is a team game and no one man has ever won a game by himself.

  15. He is better than Brady ever was , but Brady is greatest of all time. He has a long way to go to pass Brady on that level.

  16. I just have to laugh when people say he’s better then Brady. One could argue that Johnny Football was more talented than Brady. But did he ever get to Brady’s level? Nope not even close. Natural born talent is not the ends of all measures when we’re talking great quarterbacks. It takes way more then just overall talent and being able to pad stats. When Mahomes lasts 20 years in the league and has broken a bunch of Brady’s records and has multiple Super Bowls then we’ll talk. But until then this kid doesn’t even come close.

  17. acemagee45 says:
    November 26, 2020 at 10:31 am
    As far as natural ability, throwing a football & running in space, Patrick Mahomes was better than Brady from the jump. Mentally he is not quite on Brady’s level but he is getting close. The way everyone’s final say on this debate is telling 6-1. Last I checked, this is a team game and no one man has ever won a game by himself

    Sorry to break it to you they play to win the SB

    EVERY sport. It a team sport.

    Do pitchers in baseball get credit for a win? Yes
    Could they do it without players behind them? No.
    Do goalies get credit for a win in hockey? Yes.
    Could they do it without there teammates around them ? No.

    Great players in every sport are judged on champions.

    When you have gone to more SB than any other player and won more than any other player AND are in the top 2 in yards and TDs all time.
    That separates you from everyone else.

  18. Mahomes has been in the league 4 years….Better to compare Brady’s 4 year totals.

    Brady had 2 SB wins after 4 years…his QB rating was in the mid 80s…his QBR was around 85….His TD/INT: 69/38 = 1.81…4th qtr comebacks(reg season) = 8

    Mahomes has 1 SB so far(lets see what happens this year)…his QB rating is 110…QBR is in mid 80s…..His TD/INT: 103/20 = 5.15…4th qtr comebacks(reg season) = 5

    I would say Mr Mahomes is on his way…long way to go though.

  19. haughville says:
    November 26, 2020 at 10:26 am
    Reel it in a bit Patrick. You’re a really talented kid but try to keep your ego in check. Don’t let your head get too big 👍
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    Did you actually read the article? Mahomes deferred to Brady. There was no ego in what he said. There never is.

  20. Accomplishment wise, no. Raw talent? Absolutely. He is more mobile than Brady, throws a better deep ball, and is more accurate in his short career. Brady of course has the brain and vision. Mahomes has a long career ahead of him. He may not get to 6 SB’s but if he grabs a couple more MVP’s and gets up to 3 or 4 SB’s then he absolutely will be considered better than Brady in the end.

  21. His physical tools are the best in the league probably. At this point he is miles better than Brady, which is fair due to age etc.

    Even though I am no Pats or Brady fan, there is little arguing that he is the most successful QB of all time. Even though I think Mahomes is amazing, I dont think he will ever see the SBs that Brady has. It really is astonishing.

  22. How’s Arians looking in TB for TommyBoy? HMm?

    Well let’s see.
    One team is probably going to be a playoff team the other will be lucky to win 6 games

    The bigger question is how’s Bill doing WITHOUT Tom?

    Career BELOW 500. 1-1 in the playoffs.

    Was it AC/DC that asked Who made who?

  23. mytor1962 says:
    November 26, 2020 at 9:40 am
    Brady was good, but he definitely had the luck of being with the same coach all those years. Not one player wins a SB by themselves.

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    True. But Belichick isn’t winning all those SBs without Brady. No way. It was the best synergy/focus/disciplined duo in the modern era. Watching Arians and the stubborn, sloppy culture with finger pointing and undisciplined play wherever he’s been has me shaking my head by comparison. Privately, Brady must be wondering how this guy is even a head coach in the NFL.

    We were more than lucky in NE to have what we had. Since Brady is a player, his legacy is unmatched and cemented at this point. Maybe Belichick can figure it out without Brady. That’s the million dollar question, and people will be tuned in to find out how he’ll attempt to do it.

  24. As talented as Mahomes is the fact that he has Andy Reid just as Brady had Belichick doesn’t hurt him either.

  25. He’s right. Just keep winning and the rest will take care of itself. Whether he will be as accomplished as Brady, it doesn’t matter. He just has to be the best Mahomes can be.

  26. No Pat. Brady is not on your level. By all accounts, you are a nice guy and not a egocentric, arrogant jerk.

  27. I want to know who decided rings are the standard for greatness. It’s all BS.

    Mahomes has more talent and ability in his little finger than Tom. Brady is a great QB. To say Mahomes has to win 6 to be better is crap.

    I think Marino is neck and neck with the greatest and never won one.

    NE fans need to check themselves.

  28. Brady benefited from team success. Not really a top 5 QB in NFL history. System guy all the way. All those weapons in Tampa don’t work with a dink and dunk guy.

  29. nite2al says:
    November 26, 2020 at 1:10 pm
    Brady benefited from team success. Not really a top 5 QB in NFL history. System guy all the way. All those weapons in Tampa don’t work with a dink and dunk guy.

    Enough with the system stuff.
    He’s currently 4th in then league in passing yards and 4th in Td
    And 4th in completions 20 or more yards downfield.

    Did he bring the “magical system “ with him, because I have yet to see that “system” work anywhere else. It sure is t working in NE now.

    Didn’t work when Josh ran it in Denver or St. Louis
    And YES, it was the same “system “ we know this because both Amandola and D Thomas said i”it’s what we ran”.

  30. JudgeMathis2018 says:
    November 26, 2020 at 11:02 am
    Mahomes has been in the league 4 years….Better to compare Brady’s 4 year totals.

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    Okay, but a little perspective please. In Brady’s first year did he not play in 16 games? In Kid GOAT’s first year he played in one game – a meaningless game 17 after the team’s playoff slot was locked in. Of course, he performed very well.

    For your comparison’s sake, it’s well that his “rookie” year was limited to one appearance. Otherwise, his rookie year would be the one where he started 16 games, like Tom, and achieved 50 and 5,000.

  31. Some could say that, in his “real” second full season, he won the SB and the SB MVP too. And he’s doin’ pretty well (9 and 1) in his “real” third full season too.

  32. overlyobservant says:
    November 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm
    JudgeMathis2018 says:
    November 26, 2020 at 11:02 am
    Mahomes has been in the league 4 years….Better to compare Brady’s 4 year totals.

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    Okay, but a little perspective please. In Brady’s first year did he not play in 16 games? In Kid GOAT’s first year he played in one game – a meaningless game 17 after the team’s playoff slot was locked in. Of course, he performed very well.

    For your comparison’s sake, it’s well that his “rookie” year was limited to one appearance. Otherwise, his rookie year would be the one where he started 16 games, like Tom, and achieved 50 and 5,000.
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    The only games Tom Brady played in during his rookie season was the Hall of Fame Game and one clean up game where he had 6 yds on 3 att and 1 completion, not so observant after all, eh? He was drafted in 2000 not 2001. So, for YOUR comparison’s sake, Tom’s “rookie” year would be when he won SB XXXVI & SB MVP, but he didn’t start 16 games, only 14 and the post-season of course.

  33. Not so observant indeed. I stand corrected.

    Meanwhile, watch and enjoy Kid GOAT as he makes ole Tom but a memory…

  34. Then again, the original proposed comparison is flawed still. Brady’s first four are in the books while Mahomes hasn’t finished his 4th. Comparing the seasons that have been completed, Kid GOAT rises – but for one size 13 shoe, he’s in the SB each year he’s started and actually he’s matched Tom’s record of SB wins, MVPs etc. just sayin’…

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