Patrick Mahomes: I try to limit interceptions, but at the same time I have to be me

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw 11 interceptions combined from 2019-2020.

Through 12 games this year, the 2018 MVP has 12 — tying a career-high.

Not all of Mahomes’ turnovers are on him, as dropped passes have also been a significant issue for Kansas City in 2021. In the Week 13 matchup with the Broncos, for instance, Mahomes’ interception went off the hands of receiver Tyreek Hill and rookie corner Pat Surtain II caught it for a turnover.

But even as Mahomes is throwing more picks than ever, he says they’re not really affecting him.

“I mean it just happens, it’s part of football,” Mahomes said in his Wednesday press conference. “Luckily enough, our defense is playing good enough that whenever they happen, they’re able to get stops and get turnovers or whatever it is and not let it impact the team. But you understand that turnovers are a huge part of this game. Our defense is getting a lot of turnovers and winning that turnover battle. I’ll try to limit them as much as possible, but at the same time I have to be me and continue to throw the football and give guys chances to make plays.”

Mahomes also noted that drops that turn into interceptions are just as much on him as they are the receiver because he’s in control of the ball placement. And the quarterback isn’t going to stop throwing to a target just because a pass isn’t caught.

“I’m going to go through the play regardless as to who is at what position and what the read is,” Mahomes said. “Coach [Andy] Reid does a good job of kind of maneuvering it so we can get it back to them pretty quickly there. Like I said, some of the dropped passes — people get hung on them even the one in the game that got intercepted, if I throw the ball in a better spot and he makes the catch, probably splits and scores. I threw it high and hard, and it gets tipped up and picked.

“People put it on him, but it’s really on me to make a better throw. For myself just try to make some better throws and let those guys have easier catches especially in traffic where they can make plays happen after the catch.”

The Chiefs’ heavy turnover rate is why the club is currently third in yards and 13th in points scored. But the team has still been able to rip off five wins in a row, in part because the team’s giveaways have gone down and takeaways have gone up.

If Kansas City is going to make a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance, that trend will have to continue into the postseason.

31 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: I try to limit interceptions, but at the same time I have to be me

  1. Everyone who refuses to admit to a problem or to correct it always says “I have to be me.”

  2. He was previously being himself and limiting interceptions. I think he’s just a little less accurate than he had been in the past. Just a fraction off. Hence the tip balls, etc. I think he’ll get it fixed. Either this year or definitely in the offseason.

  3. “got to be me” love it, that gunslinger mentality! Not a Chiefs fan admittedly, so thank you Pat for giving every opponent a chance to stay in the game. Can you imagine just methodically going down the field with all his talent and all those weapons, because that would be so boring.

  4. Good. Hopefully he continues to “be me” and throw errant passes all over the yard to further drive his selfish motives. And by the way, when will he be unleashing his special no look, between the legs, left-handed, behind the back, jump pass that we’ve been hearing about for years?

  5. A good number of the interceptions this season are not Mahomes fault. They have been tipped or dropped by Chiefs receivers and land in the opponents hands. Tyreek has been responsible for 3 of those all by himself.

  6. All about me and my highlights along with a trip to mediocrity not so much for team and winning games. The sorry part is this is an easy fix, take what the D gives you and hope your O-line doesn’t hold. Andy should make him an healthy scratch and let the press know why.

  7. pftancelledme says:
    December 9, 2021 at 9:56 am
    A good number of the interceptions this season are not Mahomes fault. They have been tipped or dropped by Chiefs receivers and land in the opponents hands. Tyreek has been responsible for 3 of those all by himself.
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    Now imagine all of the other quarterbacks in the league who have interceptions that were not their fault either.

  8. This guys actually reminds me of Favre more than anyone else. And I wouldn’t be surprised if his career follows a similar path. Won his first Super Bowl earlier in his career and went to another right away but lost. Arm strength out of this world. Gun slinger mentality. More mobile than people give him credit for. Makes the kind of throws that only god given talent can make. And can single handedly lose or win you a game with 3 quick TDs or 3 quick INTs.

  9. Nothing has changed for Mahomes. The difference is the number of dropped “would be INTs” has decreased. Thats the difference. I dont remember where I even saw the stat, but it showed the number of passes that should have been intercepted but were dropped by the defense over the last 3 years. Mahomes was way in front of everyone else. In other words, the low interception totals the last few years isnt because he was making better decisions, its just that he was fortunate the defense failed to make the play when he gave them one. This year, when he has served up INTs the defense is catching them instead of dropping them.

  10. I’m telling you Mahomes, Allen and Jackson are looking like crap many times this year because they feel more comfortable in this league and they think they can do anything. Jackson and Mahomes try to hit a home run on every play. But Allen has actually regressed. Mahomes mechanics are awful and Lamar gets lazy and does not concentrate when throwing routine passes. All of these guys interception totals are way up and it’s mostly due to not taking care of the football and gambling on too many plays. Jackson was the throw away king his first couple of years, but definitely not this year. You smart guys put way too much into reading NFL defenses Mahomes said he didn’t learn to read defenses until after his MVP season, yet he is playinnlg worse. And Jackson runs aound every other play, ain’t no reading defenses after that. Btw, your favorite choir boy, Fitzpatrick, can read defenses with the best of them. Ah, yeah. All three of these guys have had some awful moments this year considering their time in the lesgue, but Lamar gets more than the lionshare of the criticism. I just watched the recent KC game and Mahomes was pretty bad. Hardly heard a peep though. Maybe you gotta win a SB first and your poor play gets ignored like pick 6 Brady. At least Lamar’s picks are like punts. Brady and Stafford are playing for the other team. Ahahaha.

  11. And the sign that your team is at or near the top is when everyone wants to pile on. I’ll take Mahomes to lead my team any day. The guy is a true leader and role model.

  12. When I read his quote the thing that popped into my head was a variation on an Oprah moment:

    “And you get a football!! And you get a football!! And you get a football!!”

  13. If “You being You” interferes with the requirements of a specific task or job, You have 3 choices:
    – You adapt “being You” while You perform the job and get better results
    – You look for a new job
    – You keep on “being You” and accept a worse performance on the job as a direct result of “being You”
    Mr. Mahomes seems to choose the latter, which is perfectly fine with me. If I would be paying him 40+ mill, it would be a different story…

  14. Hopefully the Chiefs arch playoff nemesis Indianapolis gets in the playoffs and plays these clowns.

  15. I have no qualms over saying that Mahomes has been the best QB in the league for several years. I’m a big fan. Good kid, not a loudmouth, no off-field issues, and he’s magic with a football.
    An extra pick, or two this year? Who cares?
    The only time I want to see Mahomes fail is in the AFC Championship this year. J.C. Jackson will take a few of those extra picks!
    Go Pats!

  16. No worries, he will tear the Raiders apart this weekend and everyone will forget the mistakes he has made all season.

  17. Nostradamus says:
    December 9, 2021 at 9:26 am

    A QB is as good as his receivers.

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    By that Metric, Reche Caldewell, Doug Gabriel, Kenbrell Thompkins & N’Keal Harry are all HOF/GOAT receivers.

  18. I agree in part, Patrick should definitely be himself to a point. Reid should continue establishing the run as a priority which in turn allows Patrick to take his shots with a better chance of success when those shot are appropriate & “needed.” “Need” being the most important part, otherwise it’s just backyard football & you don’t win too many NFL games playing that style.

  19. chicagolandcolts says:
    December 9, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Hopefully the Chiefs arch playoff nemesis Indianapolis gets in the playoffs and plays these clowns.

    Mahomes has defeated the Colts in the playoffs already like 2 years ago.

  20. chicagolandcolts says:
    December 9, 2021 at 10:57 am
    Hopefully the Chiefs arch playoff nemesis Indianapolis gets in the playoffs and plays these clowns.
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    Me too! Carson Wentz crumbles and stumbles against the Chiefs defense. They own him.

  21. Now imagine all of the other quarterbacks in the league who have interceptions that were not their fault either.—————————————————————————————————————————————————————
    We don’t have to imagine, the talking heads tell us every week that it wasn’t Brady’s fault or Dak’s fault but somehow Mahomes tipped passes are always blamed on him.

  22. nite2al says:
    December 9, 2021 at 10:34 am
    I’m telling you Mahomes, Allen and Jackson are looking like crap many times this year because they feel more comfortable in this league and they think they can do anything. Jackson and Mahomes try to hit a home run on every play. But Allen has actually regressed. Mahomes mechanics are awful and Lamar gets lazy and does not concentrate when throwing routine passes. All of these guys interception totals are way up and it’s mostly due to not taking care of the football and gambling on too many plays. Jackson was the throw away king his first couple of years, but definitely not this year. You smart guys put way too much into reading NFL defenses Mahomes said he didn’t learn to read defenses until after his MVP season, yet he is playinnlg worse. And Jackson runs aound every other play, ain’t no reading defenses after that. Btw, your favorite choir boy, Fitzpatrick, can read defenses with the best of them. Ah, yeah. All three of these guys have had some awful moments this year considering their time in the lesgue, but Lamar gets more than the lionshare of the criticism. I just watched the recent KC game and Mahomes was pretty bad. Hardly heard a peep though. Maybe you gotta win a SB first and your poor play gets ignored like pick 6 Brady. At least Lamar’s picks are like punts. Brady and Stafford are playing for the other team. Ahahaha.

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    Please don’t compare Lamar Jackson to Patrick Mahommes. They are in entirely different orbits. Mahomes will get it together and improve his game. Jackson has peaked and defenses will continue to blitz him into oblivion and clog his running lanes…. Lamar will continue to make poor decisions downfield and cost his team otherwise winnable games

  23. inozwetrust says:
    December 9, 2021 at 9:31 am
    “I gotta be me” Isn’t that a Sammy Davis Jr song?

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    Or Sinatra…maybe both?

  24. Even if you take away the ones where Hill didn’t catch them or tipped passes, it’s still not good. That would put them somewhere around 7 that were completely on him. And we’re just over halfway through with the season. His good outweighs any bad by far, and the defense lately has (astonishingly) allowed for the offense to find its rhythm again.

    When he was compared to Favre coming out of college, I was hoping this wasn’t the stat he’d someday reflect.

  25. For any KC fans here, what is your perception of why the offense isn’t executing quite the way it has in the past? I know from watching teams like the Colts of the mid 2000s and the talented Rams teams that sometimes a team can have the same personnel and something changes and they can’t quite be as effective after a while. Is it Mahomes? Is it the way defenses play them? Is it Hill and Kelce aren’t quite as good as they were? Is it a Super Bowl hangover? Whaddya think?

  26. That’s not a good development. Maybe he’s just saying that to the press. I hope he cleans it up before the playoff or the next offseason. His game has to mature even further. Continuing to throw hero balls will develop bad habits similar to Aaron Rodgers’ several years before the new coach. Gotta keep tweaking if he ever wants to get close to multiple Super Bowls.

  27. Patrick Mahomes: I try to limit interceptions, unless I don’t, then you have to live with it. It’s the Patrick price.

  28. I’m into him being him. It’s the red zone turnovers that are somewhat alarming. This offense isn’t as prolific as it has been in the last few years and coming away with points (field goals) when they are in the red zone will help him be him. Perfect example is that crazy interception he threw against the Washington football team, that was insane. Limit those and I’ll be happy. Go Chiefs!!!

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