Patrick Mahomes: There are so many different things I can improve in my game

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Patrick Mahomes is out of his walking boot and feels like he’s ahead of schedule after undergoing surgery to remedy a turf toe injury in his left foot.

But the quarterback still has a ways to go before he’s fully healed. Despite Mahomes’ success since becoming a full-time starter in 2018, he wants to use the time rehabbing to make sure he’s getting better heading into 2021.

“There are so many different things I can improve in my game,” Mahomes said Monday, via Nate Taylor of TheAthletic.com. “Being able to kind of restart, and start from [the] injury with the feet, I can really improve my footwork. I’ve dealt with ankle injuries in my career and being able to teach myself how to hit in the right spots with my feet. Teaching myself just how to get back from this injury will help me out in the long run.”

Along with winning a league MVP and a Super Bowl MVP, Mahomes has thrown for 13,868 yards, 114 touchdowns, and just 23 interceptions in his first three years as a starter — making it seem impossible that there can be many things for him to improve heading into 2021.

But the great ones always find an edge to stay on top. Mahomes doesn’t seem to need any extra motivation for his drive to reach a third consecutive Super Bowl in the upcoming season.

25 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: There are so many different things I can improve in my game

  1. How about work on the cognitive aspects of the game? If one watched Peyton on the sidelines, he was glued to the tablet studying the defense. I did not see that even once (or maybe once….) in the SB. There is more to this position than running and throwing.

  2. That’s the same thing Tom Brady says every year, and he keeps getting better. Mahomes is off to a great start. The reason he’s special is because he has the mental to go along with the physical. That was obvious in college. He elevates his game when the chips are down.

  3. The SB showed that pressure on Mahomes is the key to containing him . As Goff found out after his SB once teams see success from a defense they will copy it going forward . Not saying Mahomes will follow the same downward career arc Goff did but he will be seeing all kinds of pressure from opponents and will have to adjust his game accordingly . In the SB he didn’t adjust but thinking he learned an important lesson from the loss that will make the Chiefs offense capable of making the necessary adjustments to continue to be successful .

  4. If KC can keep their o-line in order and have a decent defense then they should be contenders for years…

  5. Wow, those numbers are spectacular to start career when you see them in fine print. Keep plugging away, he makes the game better

  6. Teams are gonna use the Tampa Bay blueprint by sending two safeties deep and rushing four. Mahomes can’t rely on Hill running deep anymore, the problem with their offense is that they rely too much on 15+ yards per play.

  7. What is annoying about him? What has he done that has you so aggrieved? ……….

    purpleppleater84 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 11:40 am
    Oh shut up already… this guy is so annoying to listen to

  8. If anyone thinks they can base a blueprint on what the Bucs did in the SB, well, you’re not terribly smart. Now, if you can plan on a team playing without 3 of their starting offensive lineman, the most important of which they lost a week prior, then you may be onto something.

    KC was a fraction of itself in the SB being down two pro-bowl caliber lineman. No excuse, injuries happen to almost every team, just reality. Bucs won, congratulations, but it wasn’t the game everyone hoped to see.

  9. Defense wins championships. No matter how good you are, you still need a strong D to win more Super Bowls. Tom Brady won it last season because the Tampa Bay D just played great down the stretch. Not even Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees could beat that defense either.

  10. If a team can win with pressure from 4, then you have a chance. Give the Bucs their due, they made it happen. Just realize the Chiefs were hit hard with O Line injuries. What is going to be the blueprint for beating the Chiefs if they have a strong O Line? I’m listening

  11. shurmanblog says:
    April 20, 2021 at 11:32 am
    The SB showed that pressure on Mahomes is the key to containing him .
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    That’s like saying tackling Derrick Henry is the key to stopping him. Disrupting any QB and making him move when and where he doesn’t want to changes everything. Sure, sometimes the great ones will peel off a good play or two, put consistently collapsing the pocket, blocking his sightlines, and making him move when and where he doesn’t want to changes his primary focus from passing to escape. Plus. it’s hard to complete passes when you are on your back. It’s why teams spend focus on developing defensive lines and why quality edge rushers make relatively more and more money every year.

  12. Constantly improving their game is how Brady, Peyton and Rogers is stayed at the top of their profession. Contrast that with QBs who after 4,5,6,7… years still have bad footwork, bad throwing mechanics, bad ball handling skill. That Mahones is still working at the art and craft of quarterbacking bodes well for him and the Chiefs. Some QBs learn much of the mental skills quickly. Others, like HOF QBs Steve Young and John Elway took a number of years to catch up with their physical abilities. Mahones is spending lots of time in the video room. Good for him.

  13. The play in the SB where Mahomes threw the ball while in mid-air parallel to the ground is the most amazing play I have ever seen. The ball was perfectly on target – thru the receiver’s hands and hit him in the face.

  14. Mahomes is a great player. Love his humility and respect for the game. But he was the latest flavor of the month that was gonna break all Brady’s records. Guess what, it ain’t that easy. Mahomes may end up with more passing yards, due to the nature of the game. He won’t touch Brady’s hardware collection.

  15. This is the reason why we’ll still be discussing Mahomes/KC deep into the playoffs a decade from now. Trubisky is hopefully in a better spot being able to sit back and learn, Watson is all but out, and even though he had a great year the jury is still out on Herbert.

  16. Like when he sits in barbershops and talks like he’s been in the league for ages…. I get it he’s phenomenal but I find his rhetoric annoying

  17. They need new weapons. The ones they have are barely one dimensional. He had better hone those skills. Already tape on how to keep the ball out of his hands.

  18. shurmanblog says:
    April 20, 2021 at 11:32 am
    The SB showed that pressure on Mahomes is the key to containing him .
    ==========================================================================
    That’s like saying tackling Derrick Henry is the key to stopping him. Disrupting any QB and making him move when and where he doesn’t want to changes everything. Sure, sometimes the great ones will peel off a good play or two, put consistently collapsing the pocket, blocking his sightlines, and making him move when and where he doesn’t want to changes his primary focus from passing to escape. Plus. it’s hard to complete passes when you are on your back. It’s why teams spend focus on developing defensive lines and why quality edge rushers make relatively more and more money every year.
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    Mahomes had been successful extending plays against other teams when facing consistent pressure to complete passes but the key here is what the secondary was doing . Even with all the impressive improvising skill Mahomes showed during the game truth is there were many plays where he didn’t have open receivers . Like I said earlier Mahomes and the Chiefs didn’t adjust and continued to run their regular offense even when it proved ineffectual . Going forward I don’t think they will make that mistake again . They will have more plays designed to get the ball out of Mahomes hands quicker if teams are succeeding coming after him .

  19. tedmurph says:
    April 20, 2021 at 2:08 pm
    Mahomes is a great player. Love his humility and respect for the game. But he was the latest flavor of the month that was gonna break all Brady’s records. Guess what, it ain’t that easy. Mahomes may end up with more passing yards, due to the nature of the game. He won’t touch Brady’s hardware collection.

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    At this point there isn’t even a single team that touches Brady’s hardware collection. Think about that. Brady has more SB wins than any NFL franchise. Kind of puts things in perspective.

  20. As a Patriots fan, I have nothing but respect for this guy. Elite talent but it’s hard to stay at the top of the league once the salary cap space starts to disappear that keeps you furnished with top shelf offensive weaponry.
    Teams will target the KC game like they’ve targeted in the Patriots game for the last 2 decades.

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