Patrick Mahomes has only been in the NFL for four years. In his first year, he rode the bench, studying Alex Smith, and learned Andy Reid’s system. In his three years as the starter in Kansas City Mahomes has been to the AFC Championship all three years, has made it to the last two Super Bowls, winning one of them. He’s also won the NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP, thrown for 14,000+ yards, 114 touchdowns, and only 24 interceptions. To say Mahomes has been dominating the NFL would be an understatement.
When the Chiefs traded up to ten overall in the 2017 NFL Draft fans were cautiously optimistic. Mahomes was an unproven talent, everyone could see he had great arm talent, but his stats weren’t what they are in NFL, and he hadn’t proven himself as someone that could win games. Scouts everywhere said that as long as Mahomes went to the right system he would flourish. Many fans, including myself, were hoping the Chiefs would take the proven commodity in Deshaun Watson when they traded up to take Mahomes. (Boy did we dodge a major bullet there!)
Mahomes has since proven that drafting him was the right call – a call that was made in large thanks to then Co-Director of Player Personnel turned General Manager Brett Veach. Veach saw something in Mahomes and took it upon himself to convince Head Coach Andy Reid, then-GM John Dorsey, and Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt that not only drafting Mahomes but trading up to draft Mahomes was the best choice the franchise could make. Veach has been with Reid since Reid’s time in Philadelphia when Reid left Philadelphia Veach went with him, and together the pair have drafted the best QB in the NFL today and won Super Bowl 54.
Veach and Reid also realize that Mahomes needs help, something they proved this offseason when they made move, after move to sure up the offensive line that let Mahomes down in the Super Bowl. (Mahomes rushed for nearly 500 yards before getting sacked or throwing the ball in Super Bowl 55 against the Buccaneers.) Veach saw his star QB take hit after hit and decided he wasn’t going to let that happen again. Following the Super Bowl, the Chiefs added former Patriots Guard Joe Thuney, Rams Center Austin Blythe, and traded the Ravens for Tackle Orlando Brown. The Chiefs went all-in on keeping Mahomes upright because they realize Mahomes upright, and with time, can win them many more Super Bowls.
The current G.O.A.T – or Greatest Of All Time – is undoubtedly the man that bested Mahomes and the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 Tom Brady. Brady being able to do what he can still do is nearly unbelievable at his age – 43. Brady has been in the NFL for 21 years, has played in 10 Super Bowls, and won seven of them. Brady also holds the NFL records for Most Career Wins (230), Most Career Passing Yards (79,204), and Most Career Passing Attempts (10,598). The Super Bowl record alone 7-3 is impressive enough to make the man a first-ballot Hall of Fame candidate. Throw in everything else he has accomplished over his legendary career and considering anyone else, currently, as the Greatest Of All Time is insane. (Sorry Montana, Young, Rice, Sanders, Elway, or Manning – Brady has you all beat.)
If Mahomes can keep moving on his current track he could break all the records Brady currently holds, and appear in more Super Bowls than Brady too. Mahomes’ yearly average in the three years he’s been the starter in Kansas City is 4,622 yards, so 4,000 yards a year isn’t a stretch for Mahomes, if Mahomes can throw for 4,000 yards for the next 17 years, Mahomes would throw for 96,152 yards total in his career. If Mahomes can keep up his yearly average of 38 touchdown passes over the same amount of time, he’ll throw for a total of 760 touchdowns over his career. The win-loss record is a lot harder to predict, and of course, all these other stats are purely mathematical guesses. They are all contingent on Mahomes staying healthy, and being able to stay on the field.
Mahomes has the weapons around him to help him achieve those numbers too, with Hill, Hardman, Edwards-Helaire, and Kelce, Mahomes can continue take the Chiefs to the playoffs, and the Super Bowl every year for years to come. The Chiefs have to be willing to continue to draft weapons around Mahomes. Kelce (31) and Hill (27) won’t be able to keep up their level of play for much longer, so the Chiefs will have to replace them eventually, and they are integral parts to that offense so replacing them won’t be easy.
Part of Mahomes success too has been the revamped defense that has kept the Chiefs in games late. That starts with Chris Jones up front, and Tyrann Mathieu leading the defense from his safety position. Mathieu is entering the final year of his contract, and if the Chiefs want to continue making it to the Super Bowl every year keeping 32 on the team is a major step in that direction.
Mathieu has been a major player in turning that defense around. Mathieu made the Chiefs Super Bowl contenders as soon as he signed on the dotted line and joined the team. Mahomes has said that he wants Mathieu on the team for as long as he is, and while age wise that may be hard to achieve, Mathieu is 29, and while he is in his prime right now, and shows no signs of slowing down. Keeping Mathieu around for a long time to come will help Mahomes, because with Mathieu around he can bail Mahomes out should Mahomes make any mistakes in games.
With Mahomes leading the charge on offense and Mathieu and Jones leading the way on defense the Chiefs can be set up for success for years to come.
The Chiefs and Mahomes have everything they need to win more Super Bowls together than Brady and the Patriots, but they have to be willing to work and build around Mahomes. They have a superstar QB in Mahomes, and a future Greatest Of All Time under center too.