After another primetime showing in which he was busy making numerous highlight-reel catches, it was interesting to see Tyreek Hill doing a bit of deflecting after the game.
The Kansas City Chiefs put away the Las Vegas Raiders with a dominant, well-rounded showing on Sunday Night Football in a 41-14 effort that served notice to the rest of the AFC that they’re ready for the stretch run. Hill’s efforts were a major part of that win, with two touchdown catches and seven catches on 10 targets for 83 yards.
After the game, however, Hill was primarily interested in one topic: the performance of his quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. In the game, Mahomes threw for 5 touchdowns and over 406 yards, and it’s not lost on Hill how different his career could be if he wasn’t playing for a head coach like Andy Reid and sharing the field with the likes of Mahomes.
Hill spoke with reporters after the game to talk about various angles, but he made Mahomes front-and-center in many of his remarks. “I can’t ask to be in a better position with a better quarterback. We’re all so fortunate.”
Tyreek Hill is clearly thankful for the chance to play alongside Patrick Mahomes.
Hill accounted for the first two touchdowns of the game for the Chiefs, and the second was an exciting play from the 1-yard line on a call that came after a couple failed rushing attempts by Darrel Williams from the 3-yard line. On the play, Mahomes hikes the ball on an RPO and decides not to hand off to Williams but instead rolls out right. Mahomes’ potential to run it in forces defenders to make a move toward the goal line, allowing Hill to roam free in the back of the end zone.
Hill said even the play call was Mahomes’ idea and the coaching staff went with it.
“Pat did a tremendous job putting a lot of trust in me down the field … The second touchdown, he actually called that from the sideline. He was telling coach, ‘Coach, it’s there.’ And coach called its and it was wide open. The guy’s great. He’s just unbelievable. Shout out to the guys up front, too, protecting him all night. I was able to do my thing down the field.”
Even when asked about how the offense can improve, Hill spoke about the receivers’ room in reference to what they can do to make things easier for Mahomes.
“As for us, as a wideout room, we can improve our blocking. We can improve our route depth and stuff like that just so we can be on time with Pat to give him a clearer picture … There’s always ways to improve even though we put up 41. We probably could have put up 60. Who knows?”
While Hill isn’t the first wide receiver to hold such respect for his quarterback, it was Hill’s answer in a follow-up question about improvement. The Chiefs can go as far as Mahomes can carry them, which is why the quarterback himself is so committed to improvement game after game and year after year.
“He’s a guy that never gets comfortable. He’s always trying to get better. He’s always trying to find ways to improve himself, the team. Because believe this or not, without him, we go nowhere. He knows that.”