Patrick Mahomes does some of his most amazing work while in “panic mode”

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes made another amazing play on Sunday, with a cross-field throw to tight end Travis Kelce that looked like a hook shot in basketball.

I spoke to Mahomes after the game by phone. I asked him if he ever amazes himself with what he does and how he does it.

“Sometimes, but it’s very rare,” Mahomes said. “I mean, the one in Denver, when I kind of just flicked it [to Jerick McKinnon], I think it amazed me because it looked cool, but it really was just full panic mode for me. I was trying to get the ball out of my hand as fast as possible. So, that stuff like that is always fun to watch, but you just try to go out there and win games. I’ve always believed myself as a competitor more than a quarterback, and it sometimes doesn’t look the right way, but it kind of works.”

“Panic mode” works in large part because the Chiefs practice it.

“We legit work on stuff like that in training camp and stuff like that where I scramble and we get guys open,” Mahomes said. “As long as I complete it, Coach Reid doesn’t get mad. He gets a little mad at me, sometimes I throw some dumb plays, but it helps out when you got a head coach that will let you go out there and be who you are. It’s not necessarily the perfect quarterback, but it’s the guy that gets out there and loves to win.”

Another “panic mode” play from Mahomes’s past personal highlight reel happened when he threw the ball left-handed. And there’s still one play to wait for — panic mode or otherwise.

“The behind-the-back throw is coming at some point,” Mahomes said after I brought up the possibility of it happening.

Really, that’s pretty much all he can do to truly amaze those of us who are so used to seeing Mahomes do amazing things. At some point, with an amazing talent like Mahomes, amazing things are no longer all that surprising.

9 responses to “Patrick Mahomes does some of his most amazing work while in “panic mode”

  1. Mahomes works on panic mode in practice. The Patriots practice panic mode at the end of games.

  2. Well KC & Patrick is in big trouble this week. The Seahawks D does not create havoc. He might get beat after lulled into boredom.

  3. Oh yes Yesteryear’s team is in full blown panic mode after putting on a clown show on Sunday. Last place in the AFC east and going to be living in the basement for a long time to come. They don’t have a QB who could beat out Mahome’s backup.

  4. ghostofhenrystram says:
    December 20, 2022 at 5:27 pm
    Oh yes Yesteryear’s team is in full blown panic mode after putting on a clown show on Sunday. Last place in the AFC east and going to be living in the basement for a long time to come. They don’t have a QB who could beat out Mahome’s backup.
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    You must be talking about that team that had an 18 year run the likes the NFL has never seen before.

  5. Two QBs: one QB that was completely horizontal in a full Superman pose while he was 5-6 feet in the air converted a 2 point conversion. The other is a glorified trick shot artist tossing underhanded passes. I’ll take the QB who plays like it’s the last play of the SB over the trick shot artist.

  6. Two QBs: one that doesn’t have any idea what the last play of the SB feels like and the other that takes that opportunity from him each year. I’ll take the one that does whatever it takes to carry a less talented team as far as can take them.

  7. I love watching Mahomes’ pressers. He doesn’t speak in cliches. He gives honest assessments and answers. That’s why his responses are so concerning about the Bengals: I don’t even think he knows why they can’t beat that D. I don’t think he knows what they’re doing to him and neither does Kelce. Kelce talks about wanting to get revenge on teams that beat him but Cincy owns him and Mahomes. And KC has struggled ever since that game against two bad teams. I think they are confused as a team about how to get over the hump

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