“We’re going to be really special.”— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 1, 2018
Patrick Mahomes has high hopes for the #Chiefs offense in 2018. We discussed that, plus how his first camp as the starter, how he responds to mistakes and more on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/KBsWcHxNHs
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero was up in St. Joseph Wednesday morning as part of the network’s Inside Training Camp Live coverage. After the workout, Pelissero had the opportunity to interview Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Thanks to the Chiefs’ offseason trade of Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, Mahomes is now the No. 1 quarterback in Kansas City, and Pelissero first wanted to know how training camp was different for Mahomes in that role.
“You get a lot more reps, first off,” Mahomes said. “You really get to go out there and see every situation, really prepare yourself and you have to make sure you’re prepared every single day you get here. For me, just getting those reps and preparing myself is going to help my game in the future.”
One trend that is a bit different than Smith is the uptick in interceptions we’ve seen so far in St. Joseph with Mahomes at the helm.
Andy Reid, per Pelissero, said Mahomes deals with the mistakes by continuing to fire the football.
“Playing the spread offense in college, you really had to bounce back if you didn’t score [or] if you threw an interception because you know you’d have to have another opportunity,” Mahomes said. “Going into this league, you know the defense will make plays. Defenses will make plays with a lot of good players over there, but at the same time, you have to bounce back and make plays as well as yourself, as an offense.”
At the national level, analysts recognize the firepower the Kansas City offense possesses. Pelissero specifically mentioned Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins.
“We’re going to be really special,” Mahomes said. “It’s something where it makes my job a lot easier. I just got to get the ball in their hands and they make plays. I could throw a 2-yard little hitch route, and they could score an 80-yard touchdown any time.”
Mahomes talks Alex Smith’s mentorship, the West Coast offense and what he has learned since the NFL Draft in the full interview. Watch above or click here.