Andy Reid discusses when and how he grew to love Patrick Mahomes
By Matt Conner
Andy Reid recently appeared on The Herd with Colin Cowherd to discuss his NFL draft history and how he fell in love with Patrick Mahomes.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid recently appeared as a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd and spent several minutes discussing several interesting subjects. The entire interview is worthy of your time, if you’re into draft history and hearing Reid talk about his own NFL career. It’s also interesting to hear him talk about Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes is now the Chiefs starting quarterback after sitting for the last year behind Alex Smith, the former starter who captained the team for the last half decade. When Smith was traded this past January to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a draft choice, it was clear the torch had been passed. Mahomes now carries the mantle, one that Reid describes in the interview as a difficult one to carry.
Cowherd ended up asking Reid for a specific moment that he realized he was watching a truly special quarterback. His response in full not only gives a bit of insight into Brett Veach’s personality and acumen for finding talent, but it also speaks to the level of responsibility sitting on Mahomes’ shoulders in 2018 and beyond:
“Brett Veach was responsible for him. John Dorsey put him in that position to look at him. Brett spent a lot of time with this kid. So he hammered me on watching him and watching and watching him and watching him. I had a couple years worth of film that I was able to watch. I can’t tell you it was one play, but there were a few of these passes where he’d be running right and looking right and then throwing back left, but not all the way to that danger zone, but in a position where you just go, ‘Woah, that’s something.’
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“He still has a ton of room to grow for us. Those are the things that got me. He’s got great arm strength. He just had this feel for the game. I love that part. We can coach the technique and fundamentals, but you gotta go play the game, and you gotta be able to do it, Colin, in a second. Man, you gotta make that decision in a second. There’s turbulence everywhere and you gotta navigate it—big time navigate it. And you have to do it with accuracy.
“You’ve got the whole organization rolling on your back, man, so you gotta be able to handle that part—the whole off-the-field thing. Everybody around you, you’re responsible to make better. So it’s hard to teach that. You gotta come with a little bit of that. It’s gotta be a God-given thing. You can grow it from there, but it’s hard to find those guys, which is obvious by the National Football League. Not many quarterbacks actualy make it.”
So far, Mahomes looks the part as he’s been saying and doing all the right things since the beginning. That should give the Chiefs confidence moving forward even as it only gets more difficult from here.