Patrick Mahomes: We lost an all-time great receiver in Tyreek Hill, but our coaches adapted

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes credited head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for the way Kansas City’s offense evolved this season.

Some thought the Chiefs’ offense would decline after trading Tyreek Hill, but Mahomes said on Monday that he thinks the coaching staff had a good plan all along for keeping the offense humming.

“We accepted the challenge as players, the coaches and Coach Bieniemy accepted the challenge,” Mahomes said. “We lost an all-time great receiver in Tyreek Hill, someone that did a lot of great things for us, but we’ve got a lot of great receivers as well, and coach Bieniemy and Coach Reid, they went in there and learned what their strengths were, and we maximized that this year. It’s not just the players, it’s the coaches, it’s everybody in that building.”

As great as Hill is, Mahomes is the one who really makes the Chiefs’ offense go, and the Chiefs wisely prioritized draft picks and salary cap space to bolster their defense with the Hill trade. It worked.

27 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: We lost an all-time great receiver in Tyreek Hill, but our coaches adapted

  1. Don’t be too modest Patrick. You organized workouts all off season to get dialed in with the new receivers and draft picks. So when you all got to camp they were ahead of the game and you had built a relationship with them. This made a huge impact in how the team played this year.
    That is part of the reason you are in line for the MVP besides all the stats.
    It has been said that QBs are elite when they can develop new receivers or players that were not as successful in other places and get the same performance or better out of a team that lost its star receiver. We have seen Brady do this, Manning do this, and Rodgers do this.

    coaching does help the situation for sure. But, Patrick Mahomes is the main reason for the success.

  2. With Hill they would be unstoppable. The after-the-catch yards are what they are missing from him and this season has had quite a few close games because of his absence.

  3. minime says:
    February 7, 2023 at 6:36 am
    Hill is hardly an all-time great.
    Not even close.
    Voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons. Go ahead and start listing players that went to the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times. What company does that put him in?

  4. Andy Reid may not be a perfect coach. He’s at his issues with time management and things of that nature but no one can deny he has one of the most brilliant offensive Minds in NFL history

  5. Addition by subtraction. Hill is an amazing WR but Mahomes focused on him too much. Hill missed 4 games last season, PM threw for 300+ every game. So this he had to use every receiver available & had his best passing yr since his rookie season. Wouldn’t have happened if his “crutch” was still a Chief.

  6. minime says:
    February 7, 2023 at 6:36 am
    Hill is hardly an all-time great.
    Not even close.


    You don’t have to like him, but that’s just silly.

    8340 yards in 7 years and 63 TDs. He left Mahomes and had his best statistical year. 119 catches and 1710 yards. 111 catches the previous year. 5 of 7 seasons over 1100 yards. Made the playoffs every year of his career, including with his new team. 1 Super Bowl win and 2 appearances. Fastest player in the league by a mile and probably the best overall athlete. That’s what the players certainly think anyway. If he plays 3 more years at a similar pace all his career stats will be HOF level.

    He might not be a good person, but he’s an all time great player already.

  7. acemagee45 says:
    February 7, 2023 at 7:40 am
    Chiefs got roasted in the national media over trading Hill. They look foolish now.


    Sort of… Right now they look foolish, but if Philly wins that will be the narrative again.

  8. Mahomes helps make good WRs great. That’s what sets him apart from most QBs. Hill is very good, but Mahomes still has a stable of good pass-catchers, plus Kelce. If his line can give him a little time, he can win this game. Plus, they had 2 weeks for him to plan & have the ankle improve. Hopefully the game is a classic.

  9. Don’t particularly like Hill and his character as a person, but there’s no denying he is and has been the best WR for the past 5 years!
    Chiefs have missed him, regardless of what anybody says, Hill can win a game on his own and there’s not many players you can say that about

  10. Tyreek Hill is probably the best athlete I’ve ever seen in my life! People talk about his 4.2 40 speed, route running, ball tracking and hands, but what’s even more impressive is that as great an athlete he is he’s a HOF football player (which rarely comes together!). The other aspect of his game that’s vastly underrated is his toughness! He’s tougher than most guys 3 times his size! I would have moved heaven and earth to keep him if I were the Chiefs, but it’s great seeing him do it in Miami, too!

  11. I don`t care who wins the game but it`s been an interesting week. I`ve always heard how bad Philly fans are and that KC has a great fan base but Philly fans have shown much more class leading up to the game. KC fans sound like entitled brats. They sound like Patriot fans except Patriot fans waited until they won multiple times not a one off.

  12. Coaches adapted. That’s a nice way of saying they aren’t as good as they used to be when Hill was on the team.

  13. Voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his seven seasons. Go ahead and start listing players that went to the Pro Bowl seven consecutive times. What company does that put him in?
    The pro bowl is a popularity contest and a joke now, they just put a Qb in that threw 2 Tds all season and started 5 games…it meant something 15-20 years ago……….

  14. I swear that Tyreek Hill’s name is mentioned more now than guys who are actually still on the team.

  15. The system is really good and inherently creates a lot of space for receivers. Chiefs backup QBs even have a winning record since Mahomes has been there. Plus this year the defense has improved and is actually pretty good. The offense put up 23 pts vs Cincy any other year they probably lose that game

  16. Hill was great because if you were not perfect in double covering him ALL GAME LONG, TOUCHDOWN in 7 seconds … but unlike a lot of other fast guys who were great only if they had to chase down a ball but not so good hands if contested, Hill could catch any ball and if you missed a tackle or 2, he was gone.

    But unlike just a gunslinger QB who tries to throw 40 yard bombs even if you lose your deep threat, Mahomes just now tosses multiple 11 yard passes to 20 receivers and he literally has to as EVERYONE had injuries this season except for Travis.

  17. Losing hill is not a small thing, but they have Patrick Mahomes and Kelce and some talented WRs who can still make plays, Pacheco’s impact cannot be understated as well as McKinnon who had some big games. Chiefs can beat you in a variety of ways on offense, but make no mistake, having PM is the biggest factor. Oh yeah, and Andy Reid is no slouch, say what you will you dont get to be top 5 all-time in NFL wins and be a BAD coach, thats just not possible. This should be a great SB two top teams, the health of QBs will be a factor potentially, but the fact they have had extra rest means that we really arent sure where these two guys are, i think we all would take a hurt Mahomes over a hurt Hurts.

  18. Patrick had the benefit of Aaron Rodgers teaching Marquez Valdez Scantling that it’s not just about getting open, it’s catching the ball also. He came through big time in NFC Championship.

  19. I like both teams so much, I think they should just not play. I don’t any team to feel sad.

  20. Bo was 40 pounds heavier and faster. Deion was faster too. Both were far superior athletes.

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