Kansas City Chiefs’ Head Coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and center Mitch Morse met with the media on Wednesday afternoon. Here are five things that stood out.
Head Coach Andy Reid
1.Patrick (Mahomes) obviously has become a bit of a phenomenon with what he can see downfield. You show a lot of faith in your offensive line. What gives you that faith?
REID: “The offensive line is doing a nice job. They have worked very hard at coming together and working. We have a ton of things we can improve on. As defensive coordinators study and see these things, they will throw different wrinkles at you and you have to rise up every week. That’s not a simple part of this. In this business it’s not so much about what you did the week before, it’s about what you do today. We have to keep answering these different challenges. We did okay last week, now we will prepare ourselves for this week.”
2. Does Patrick (Mahomes) have somewhat of an advantage being a young quarterback because teams have not seen or game-planned against him before?
REID: “That’s the challenge. As they study him, then he’ll rise up and do that. Is there going to be a hiccup here or there? Yes. There will be learning experiences going on here. Everything has not been roses up to this point. It looks like it, but that has not been the case. He has a ton of things to work on. As he goes on, there are a lot of great defensive minds in this league and they will present it to him. One advantage I think he had was he was able to work against Bob (Sutton) at training camp and had a lot of things thrown at him. Everyone has their flavor and you have to be able to answer it. If you don’t, you have a problem.”
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
3. How much are you looking forward to playing a regular season game at Arrowhead?
MAHOMES: “I am extremely excited. I have had this game circled for a long time. Just being able to play at home in front of these fans, it is going to be an amazing thing. I can’t wait for the moment just when I get to run out on the field and hear those fans roar.”
4. With the lack of turnovers and all the touchdown drives, what even can get better?
MAHOMES: “There’s always places you can get better on this offense and this team. First off, I can be better with my protections. There were some times I had to throw hot and I think there was one I threw to Sammy (Watkins) and he broke a tackle for 30 yards, but if I had been protected, I may have been able to run the route the way it was supposed to be run and throw it to the right guy. Just everywhere. I missed a couple shots I could have made. I stepped up and stepped on Mitch Morse’s ankle and took a sack instead of just getting the ball out of my hands. There’s stuff that you can get better at every single week and I’m going to keep trying to get better as this year goes on.”
Center Mitch Morse
5. Does anything about Patrick Mahomes surprise you?
MORSE: “No, the way he carries himself on and off the field is special. I think it’s rare to see in a guy who is going into his second year in the league. Just the way he [carried] himself through OTAs, at a time when you can be laxed, he found a way to come out every day and hone his craft. Whether it’s just picking up blitzes, making the right reads or just picking up the offense, it’s been pretty special to watch and it’s great to see him correlate that to Sundays and the success he’s had.”