With a perfect 5-0 record and a sparkling 14/2 TD/INT ratio, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has taken the NFL by storm this year. Much has been written about the young gunslinger, but my favorite piece so far is the Robert Klemko Sports Illustrated piece linked below. The aspect of the Mahomes story that I think is most transferrable for coaches and other players is what the second-year QB gained from his year sitting behind incumbent starter Alex Smith. Smith modeled to Mahomes how a QB should watch film, how he should practice, how he should act.
“Alex was being Alex,” Reid says. “He left the door open for Patrick to join him. He just said, I’m gonna be here at this time, lifting, eating dinner, watching tape, watching more tape, studying the pictures of the game plan versus all the coverages and doing your own little doodles to figure it out. He gave that freely to Patrick, and that doesn’t always happen. That’s a big-ego position. The QB room can be a little snitty at times. But Patrick came into a great situation. Alex didn’t make any demands of him, but he didn’t close the door on him. Patrick can’t pay him enough for that opportunity.”
For more on Mahomes:
-How Patrick Mahomes won over Andy Reid and the Chiefs (LINK)
-Sitting last year helping Mahomes thrive this year (LINK)
-Andy Reid attributes Patrick Mahomes’ quick success to Alex Smith’s selflessness (LINK)