From the video, Reid appeared to have a 30-second one-on-one prior to the beginning of practice.
Caught this nice moment with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. #Chiefs -- love how Coach Reid (face shield and all) eases in and Mahomes stops to listen for a bit. Great to see from the HC and QB. pic.twitter.com/Feclp21LoE— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) August 23, 2020
According to Reid, these little moments are all part of the process of getting ready for the season — one in which the Chiefs will attempt to become the first to repeat an NFL championship in 15 years.
Mahomes, as expected, is always receptive to whatever thoughts Reid passes along.
“Pat, he’s always wanted to learn and then he also has ideas,” explained Reid. “I try to keep the communication line open with him and he does the same thing from his end — along with the other quarterbacks. That’s a healthy room right there where it’s just a good learning center for those guys.”
In addition to Mahomes, the Chiefs have veteran backups Chad Henne and Matt Moore and second-year quarterback Jordan Ta’amu in the room.
“There’s experience, there’s youth in there, there’s college coming into the league and things that they’ve run before either at the college level or potentially with other teams,” said Reid. “Then, the coaches are good. Again, we try to keep open communication all the way along and I’ve tried to do that with Patrick the best I can.”
Occasionally, reports from camp will include Mahomes made an interception or two — and that was the case Sunday, when he reportedly threw back-to-back picks into the hands of cornerbacks Rashad Fenton and L’Jarius Sneed.
Training camp interceptions are much more common for Mahomes — who had just five in 484 pass attempts last season — because he and Reid use the month of preparation as a laboratory of sorts.
Mahomes’ seemingly-magic in-game moments come off as pure inherent talent, which adds to their mystique. But Mahomes and Reid experiment with many of the plays that make the highlight reels beginning at training camp.
Mahomes elaborated on that process Sunday.
“It’s not necessarily free rein to try everything that I want, but we do discuss things,” noted Mahomes. “We try things. If I do something one way, coach (Mike) Kafka, coach (Eric) Bieniemy, and coach Reid ask me why I did that — or if I want to try it this way and do different things. I think it’s just more of a focus on me trying what is out there and going for the shot play maybe when it’s a little contested. If we have success with it, then we can take it to the season and if we don’t, we can learn from it and move on to the next progression.”
Mahomes has grown to trust Reid in their (already) three seasons together, whether it’s guidance for on the field or off.
“As far as trying to figure out the best way to run a play or the best way to be a part of the community, he’s going to give you his best advice, and from stuff that he’s learned,” said Mahomes. “I think when you have someone that you trust that is going to do that for not only the betterment of themselves, but the betterment of the people that they’re talking to, then you can trust that their words mean more — and that they are in the best interest of you.”
The goal is that those conversations pay off to the tune of a perfect season, which — given the talent of these Chiefs — is not out of the realm of possibility.
“In theory, you feel like you can,” Mahomes said sharply when he was asked about the potential of a 19-0 season. “Every single year, you feel like you can win every single game. I think it comes down to how you deal with adversity throughout games and throughout the season. I think that’s the biggest thing of trying to go 19-0 and trying to do those special things and be the first team to ever go undefeated for 19 games and win all that. It’s more than just play-calling and players. It’s about a team and the culture that you have — how every single week, every single day, every single opportunity — you accept that challenge. I feel like that’s where it gets lost at.
“Our goal is to take it one game at a time, one day at a time and one play at a time. We’re going to try to do that every single day — and hopefully, put ourselves in a chance to win every single opportunity that we get.”