Super Bowl LV lead-up week has begun, meaning for the next three or four days, the Kansas City Chiefs will be joining various outlets to discuss their upcoming championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The quarterback matchup between the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady is likely to be the hottest topic of the week, and Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones already had an opportunity to weigh in with his thoughts on Monday morning.
“People talk about Tom Brady as the G.O.A.T. Well, for me, Pat Mahomes is my G.O.A.T.,” explained Jones, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He’s the greatest quarterback I ever played with. No discredit to Alex Smith, but just the things Pat does on and off the field. He encourages guys to be better. He encourages guys to go out there and give it their all. And Pat Mahomes, you know, that’s my guy, man. For me, he’s the best quarterback — probably [will] end up being the best quarterback to ever play the game. To my eyes, he’s the best, and that’s no discredit to Tom Brady and his accolades or what he’s achieved or accomplished in his career.”
The Chiefs drafted Jones with their second-round pick in 2016. Jones played with Smith as his quarterback from 2016-17 and Mahomes took over as the starter in 2018.
“I’m able to be with Pat and see the work he puts in and watch him go out there and perform,” added Jones. “That’s why I say that. That’s my own personal opinion, no discredit to anyone. It’s just how he prepares for the game. You know, he’s very consistent.
“He works harder than anybody in the building, and it shows up for him. It shows. He just doesn’t go out there on Sunday and just, you know, ball out. His preparation is key.”
Mahomes leads the league with 114 regular-season passing touchdowns since becoming a starting quarterback in 2020; Brady had 93 in that span.
The Chiefs play the Bucs this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time.