Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane held his pre-draft Zoom press conference on Tuesday. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Bills 38-24 in the AFC title at Arrowhead Stadium after taking care of Buffalo, 26-17, away in mid-October.
Beane was asked (around the 20-minute mark) what he and the team’s coaching and personnel staff might have learned from the two meetings in regard to stopping Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“Maybe if we could get a 12th defender on the field, that would help,” smiled Beane. “No, I mean he’s an MVP; he’s elite. Three years in a row — twice he’s been in the Super Bowl and once the AFC championship, so he’s up there for a reason and when you’re facing guys, there are very few guys that have already what he’s done — accomplished what he’s already done in three seasons playing.”
“It’s going to be a tough match no matter when we play them, where we play them, how we play them,” admitted Beane. “You just got to try and — on the defensive side, build as many weapons as you can, whether that’s in the secondary, whether that’s speed linebackers, whether that’s chasing down. Obviously, the front. I mean, you saw what Tampa did (in the Super Bowl) — their front really did a nice job versus Kansas City’s front, which affected him and got him off his spot, but you can see, even with Mahomes, how good he is, some of the throws he made even when they got him off the spot. The play’s not dead, so it’s getting him flushed out, but then still having speed and, can your secondary hold up long enough?”
Mahomes was 29 of 38 for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the AFC title game. Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs with 172 yards and tight end Travis Kelce had 118 yards and two of the scores.
“They’ve done a great job with their team speed at the receiver position,” said Beane. “Obviously Kelce is one of the best tight ends — if not the best in the league — so a lot of weapons that [Mahomes] has and he does a great job of either hitting them immediately, or if the pressure gets there, extending, so it’s a tough assignment for any defense, and you know, for (Bills defensive coordinator) Leslie (Frazier), I know he’s watched a lot of film and (Bills head coach) Sean (McDermott) probably too of how teams have played him, who’s had success, how they’ve had success, so we’ll continue to try and add as many defensive players that can help stop him, but it’s never going to be easy.”
Then, the most candid statement of all.
“In five years from now, hopefully, I’m still sitting here, but you’re probably still going to be asking me how we’re going to stop Mahomes, and hopefully not too many other guys like him.”