Patrick Mahomes: Matt Nagy prepared me so Andy Reid would want to draft me

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Patrick Mahomes says Kansas City fans can thank Matt Nagy for getting the Chiefs to draft him in 2017.

Mahomes revealed on the New Heights Podcast (hosted by Travis Kelce and Jason Kelce) that when Mahomes was preparing for a pre-draft interview with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, Nagy set him up to succeed.

Nagy was then the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator and is now the Chiefs’ senior assistant and quarterbacks coach, and Mahomes said that Nagy talked to Mahomes the night before his pre-draft visit to tell him exactly what he needed to know to impress Reid.

“The first day that I met Coach Reid was at the facility,” Mahomes said. “He’s just going through plays, going through plays. And I’m going to give you the inside scoop: Matt Nagy, who was the offensive coordinator then, he really liked me so he gave me the plays they were going to go over the night before. So Coach Reid is finding out here on the New Heights Podcast.”

Mahomes said that after Nagy told him which plays Reid would want to review with him the next day, Mahomes spent the whole night studying the plays and that Reid was blown away by how thoroughly Mahomes seemed to understand the Chiefs’ offense.

“I crushed the meeting. I stayed up all night studying those plays,” Mahomes said.

Mahomes said he got along well with Reid and Nagy and wanted to play for them, so he informed them that they were going to need to trade up to get him after other teams told him they were planning to draft him if he was available.

“I had a couple teams who said they were going to draft me,” Mahomes said. “I kind of gave a little inside info to the Chiefs . . . ‘If you let me go 12 or below I’m going to get drafted by someone else.'”

As it turned out, the Chiefs traded up to the 10th overall pick to select Mahomes. The Saints had the 11th pick, and then-Saints head coach Sean Payton has said that he was very high on Mahomes, although Mahomes said in the interview that he didn’t realize the Saints liked him. The Browns owned the 12th overall pick and traded down with the Texans, who used that pick on Deshaun Watson.

It’s unclear which team would have ended up with Mahomes if the Chiefs hadn’t made that trade up, but he likely wouldn’t have stayed available much longer. The Chiefs made a great move by trading up for Mahomes, and it all started with Nagy.

35 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: Matt Nagy prepared me so Andy Reid would want to draft me

  1. Joke might be on Mahomes; I wouldn’t have put it past Reid to have planned that with Nagy as a test to see how well Mahomes would apply himself to learning those plays if he felt they were a priority and/or “in”. If that were indeed a test, Mahomes clearly passed, which is no surprise given what we’ve seen from him.

  2. Watson might have expressed his unhappiness to the Browns front office after reading that if, you know, it hadn’t happened 37 coaches ago.

  3. I think that’s cool, and I have the feeling Reid probably already knew Mahomes knew what Nagy told him. Nagy will be the OC when EB leaves next year and the next head coach for KC will be Nagy or Kafka.

    Sean Peyton claiming “we really liked Mahomes”…. Yet Mahomes knew nothing about it…. Sure Sean! But as a huge Chiefs fan, I was fully expecting Watson to be the selection they traded up for. Glad I was wrong!

  4. Mahomes is what Reid hoped that McNabb would be in Philly, but wasn’t.
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    Andy has made a pretty significant transformation himself.

    Most of the old school Walsh offense guys could evolve or adapt. Andy might have a scheme named after him, the way it is looking.

  5. redsoxu571 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 12:23 pm
    Joke might be on Mahomes; I wouldn’t have put it past Reid to have planned that with Nagy as a test to see how well Mahomes would apply himself to learning those plays if he felt they were a priority and/or “in”. If that were indeed a test, Mahomes clearly passed, which is no surprise given what we’ve seen from him.

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    Interesting theory. Imagine where Arizona would be had they tried the same tactic on Murray.

  6. austinspencer says:
    As a Chiefs fan, thank you Matt Nagy!
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    As a Bears fan, Boo you Matt Nagy!

  7. As a Bears fan, I wish Nagy had never left KC, it will take several more years to recover from the Nagy/Pace debacle. Nagy was ‘offensive coordinator’ ? Offensive yes, coordinator no. He admitted before the Bears were dumb enough to hire him that the playoff game KC lost was the first one where he called plays. I think he’s just a gofer –

    ‘Matt Nagy knows how to order and pick up the burgers I love’

    – Andy Reid

  8. This sounds true and I would be surprised if Reid wasn’t at least aware that Nagy does this. I’ve told candidates during phone interviews what the interview team would want to talk about because I don’t want to hire someone that can BS their way through an answer. I want someone who pays attention, prepares and can figure out whatever I’ve asked about.

    I mean Nagy could me the plays and six months to think about it and I still wouldn’t be able to talk about them intelligently.

  9. Good story for nagy if there are still haters wondering how he got a HC job. Sean Payton/saints were the other team that wanted mahomes. I’m surprised he would choose Reid over Payton since at that point Reid was known for not getting over the hump.

  10. tvguy22 says:
    December 1, 2022 at 12:35 pm
    Mahomes is what Reid hoped that McNabb would be in Philly, but wasn’t.
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    My lord, what do you guys expect from these QBs? McNabb was a top 5 QB for many years and made it to a SB. Not everybody can be Brady or Mahomes. I’m sure Reid would tell you he was very satisfied with McNabb and owes some of his success to McNabb.

  11. Andy watched tape of Mahomes in college and saw a smarter version of Brett Favre. Mahomes was easy to evaluate, if you actually spent time watching film. It’s still hard to believe all those teams passed him up. Same with Pickett, this year. Great QBs are easy to see because there aren’t that many.

  12. You’re wrong, and I’m okay with that.. says:
    December 1, 2022 at 1:02 pm
    Mahomes is what Reid hoped that McNabb would be in Philly, but wasn’t.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________ Mahomes is an order of magnitude better than most QBs to have ever played. I don’t feel like McNabb didn’t live up to his potential. Looking at career stats he played very close to Andrew Luck’s level and he’s routinely seen as a great QB. What very well might have been missing for McNabb was a great TE.

  13. charliecharger says:
    December 1, 2022 at 3:15 pm
    Andy watched tape of Mahomes in college and saw a smarter version of Brett Favre.

    Not a Mahomes fan by any stretch but that’s insulting to him – pretty low bar to clear.

  14. “Mahomes is an order of magnitude better than most QBs to have ever played”

    Joe Montana disagrees.

  15. I don’t necessarily hate Nagy, he was a donk away from taking the Bears to the Super bowl.

  16. When Mahomes gets four trips to the Super Bowl, and wins all four of them, he can say that he’s as good as Montana.

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