Patrick Mahomes says “little disagreement” with Eric Bieniemy is not a big deal

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes stopped offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy before leaving the field for halftime Sunday. Mahomes had an animated conversation with Bieniemy before head coach Andy Reid stepped in between them as they walked to the locker room.

It was obvious Mahomes was displeased with the final play call of the half.

With 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter, and the Chiefs facing a second-and-20 at their own 36, Jerick McKinnon ran for 6 yards to run out the clock.

“Yeah, I think after seeing the video, I see why people thought it’s a bigger deal than it actually was,” Mahomes said on his weekly show on 610 Sports Radio on Monday. “Obviously, as an offensive player, and someone that wants to score every single time your on the field, I wanted to take another chance and try to get it down the field and get out of bounds or something like that and try to give us a chance to either throw a Hail Mary or kick a field goal. But they had kind of made the decision — not just coach Bieniemy; I think it was coach Reid and the whole offensive staff — that we were in a good spot. We had the lead, and we could just kind of get to the half and kind of refocus and had the ball coming out of the half, and we didn’t want to make a big mistake there at the half. That’s their jobs. I’ve got to be better knowing when that is the right decision, but at the same time, I always want to score. I think that’s kind of who I am.”

After the game, Reid downplayed the conversation. He disagreed that Mahomes and Bieniemy had a “confrontation,” but it was obvious Mahomes wasn’t happy.

Mahomes described it as his competitive nature.

“That’s who we are. That’s what makes our culture so great is that all the people on this staff — the players, the coaches, and the locker room together, we all want to win,” Mahomes said. “We want to go out there and compete and win and that competitive nature is what drives us to be great. Sometimes there is a little disagreement here or there, but we know that we’re trying to do whatever we can to win at the end of the day. I think if that’s not the case, it becomes something different. But that is the case, and we’ve been together for a long time and have won a lot of football games together.”

Mahomes said there was no need for a conversation with Bieniemy about the testy exchange. They both moved on as soon as they reached the locker room.

“It kind of goes by. Right when we got to the locker room and we just started talking, it was like it never even happened,” Mahomes said. “We both understand that we’re both trying to do whatever we can to win the game. At the end of the day, that’s all it is. It’s not like these things are lingering around and stuff like that. I’ll have disagreements with other people as well. It’s not like it’s just something with EB. It’s just something you want to win. When you have a lot of people that care and that want to win, there will be little disagreements but at the same time, you’ll come together and find a way to win at the end of the day.”

Mahomes said it is “more of a big deal” to fans and media than it was to anyone involved.

The Chiefs lost to the Colts 20-17 and will try to rebound this week against the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football.

20 responses to “Patrick Mahomes says “little disagreement” with Eric Bieniemy is not a big deal

  1. Enough with the pearl clutching, my goodness. You ever get in an argument with a friend? Family member? Good co-worker? It happens. Sheesh.

  2. Guaranty EB is gone next year. The whole “EB needs to be hired” nonsense is over and KC did all they could to try to sell the league on that. Sorry, past mistakes don’t get hidden, even by 4 consecutive championship games…

  3. These are always over blown. This isn’t your office where you have to go to HR every time someone raises their voice. Coaches and players don’t have to get along in order to win, some of the best combos in history hated each other.

  4. Pretty easy for folks not directly involved with the situation to mistake their intensity for anger. Just a couple dudes hashing things out and moving forward.

  5. This should be a non-story. With the multitude of things going on in an NFL football game and the number of different decisions that can be made, of course, disagreements are bound to happen. Hell, I argue with my friends playing a friendly game of flag football.

  6. Why do the media get so wound up over disagreements like this? Hundreds of millions of dollars are being paid to deliver wins. It’s pretty high stakes. Of course, there are disagreements and high emotions. Do we expect they all should hug and sing kumbaya?

  7. I need a transcription of what exactly was being said before I can properly judge either one of them either way.

  8. Unless it gets to the level of Buddy Ryan punching Kevin Gilbride, it is a non-issue. But it would help if players understood the tactics instead of always demanding to go for it to pad fantasy stats.

  9. This is why Bieniemy should be a headcoach. He stands up to even the great Patrick Mahomes who has been anointed Jesus by the media.

  10. No surprise that Bieniemy can’t get a head coaching job when he is trying to handcuff one of the best QBs in the league!

  11. mikecrabtreeschain says:
    September 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm
    This is why Bieniemy should be a headcoach. He stands up to even the great Patrick Mahomes who has been anointed Jesus by the media
    ———-
    Wow somebody has a bad case of Mahomes Derangement Syndrome….why don’t you show me on the doll where Patrick hurt you?

  12. To be clear, KC wasn’t moving the ball. Mahomes wanted a chance at doing something in the 2 minute offense that the regular offense, wasn’t doing. EB slammed on the brakes, Mahomes wanted the gas. EB’s way ended the half with nothing to show for. We’ve seen what Mahomes can do in 13 seconds…

  13. Eric Bieniemy has a reputation among NFL players that he isn’t cooperative, is arrogant and belittles players in meetings . He is riding the coat tails of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes but doesn’t seem to realize that they’re the reason for his success as an offensive coordinator. He should also realize that if it comes to him or Patrick he’d be gone in a second . A lot of Kansas City fans are hoping he gets hired as an NFL coach at the end of the year or takes a job elsewhere as a coordinator. Nagy may be a lousy head coach but he’s a brilliant offensive coordinator and we’re all hoping Eric goes elsewhere and Nagy takes over as OC.

    Eric’s play calling is stale , not adaptive in real game time scenarios and as mentioned is abrasive .

  14. darthhelmut says:
    September 27, 2022 at 8:47 pm
    mikecrabtreeschain says:
    September 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm
    This is why Bieniemy should be a headcoach. He stands up to even the great Patrick Mahomes who has been anointed Jesus by the media
    ———-
    Wow somebody has a bad case of Mahomes Derangement Syndrome….why don’t you show me on the doll where Patrick hurt you?
    ——

    It was the 2nd half of the AFC championship game when he played like Carson Wentz. But I love Mahomes. Just like when someone is willing to stand up to him as well.

  15. so you would think mahomes could change the play… is that not a thing good quarterbacks do anymore?

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