Patrick Mahomes: ‘Mentally, I can still take my game to a whole other level’

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes /

Patrick Mahomes says he still has so much room to grow mentally as a starting quarterback in his latest interview on HBO’s The Shop.

If you’re wanting to see a new side of Patrick Mahomes, one in which he’s able to let loose in an interview a bit more than a typical press conference, then you are going to want to tune in this Saturday for this season’s debut episode of The Shop: Uninterrupted on HBO.

Maverick Carter serves as the primary host of this interview series which is set to feature plenty of guests beyond just Mahomes this spring, including Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, comedian Tiffany Haddish, actor Chadwick Boseman, rapper and producer Roddy Rich and more.

The official show debuts on Saturday at 9:00 p.m. C.T. and lasts for 30 minutes. If you want a sample, check out the following:

The goal for the show is to feature “unfiltered conversation” and they give viewers a taste here with a preview of Mahomes discussing his own mental development.

“I didn’t understand how to read defenses until halfway through last year,” says Mahomes. “I understood coverages, but how to be able to pick up little tendencies defenses do, stuff that Brady and them have done and they know it, I was just playing.

“Then this year I could actually recognize more and more stuff. I think the more experience and the more I learn, then I’ll be able to go out there and call plays and do that different stuff because I’ve seen it. I still think there’s a long way for me to go there. That’s where mentally I think I can get better. Physically I feel like I’ve done a lot of stuff. I can always work on the fundamentals but mentally I can still take the game to a whole other level.”

Mahomes has already won a regular season MVP and a Super Bowl MVP trophy in just his first two seasons as a starter in the NFL, so the idea of Mahomes getting that much better has to make defenders worried. How much better can Mahomes really get if he’s already setting benchmarks for career stats through his first two seasons? It’s uncharted territory for sure, but the Chiefs have to be thrilled to hear Mahomes talk about these subjects.

Check out the full interview this Saturday on HBO.

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