Will The Kansas City Chiefs Have Success With Pat Mahomes Under Center?
In April 2017, the Kansas City Chiefs started to plan for the future. In the 2016 regular season, the Chiefs played “fairly” well, ending the season with a 12-4 record and finishing first in the AFC West division. But despite the minor success, the Chiefs were not content with their constant shortcomings of not reaching past the first round of the playoffs. In fact, since 1994, the Chiefs have never made it past the second round of the playoffs. But they are hoping with a few minor adjustments, the team can break the dreadful playoff drought. Starting with Quarterback.
Did Kansas City make the right move at the right time?
In the 2018 offseason, the Chiefs decided to part ways with the 4-year starting quarterback Alex Smith. Before Smith was traded to Kansas City, seven different players started for the Chiefs at quarterback over six seasons. Smith led the team to the playoffs five out of his six seasons in KC, but he was also a main part of the playoff advancement drought. The Chiefs decided to draft a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft, Patrick Mahomes. Making it the first time for the team in 34 years.
Mahomes came out of Texas Tech looking to make a good impression on the passionate fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. As for his upbringing, his father Patrick Mahomes Sr. is a former pro baseball pitcher. He played Major League Baseball for 11 years with the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates. In his rookie preseason debut for the Chiefs, Mahomes was 34/54, threw for 390 yards and had 4 touchdowns. With his regular season appearance in week 17 against the Denver Broncos, Mahomes made a spectacular debut and led the Chiefs to a 27-24 victory, throwing for 284 yards. While Kansas City’s front office is optimistic about the new potential franchise quarterback, there are still doubters out there who say Mahomes will not show up and deliver in big-time moments like he should.
Mohomes’ Doubters and Supporters.
ESPN analyst and former co-host of ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike, Mike Golic made comments on the “Golic and Wingo” show saying “there’s no chance for Mahomes because, well, he didn’t play enough as a rookie.” Although this may be a well-known fact, that doesn’t make Golic’s statement any more valid or true gospel. Daunte Culpepper, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady all started a combined zero games as rookies. Not to mention, a pretty good quarterback by the name of Michael Vick had only 2 starts his rookie season, one more than Mahomes. Despite the doubt, Kansas Citians seem to be very optimistic about the fresh new start at QB. SB Nation sports writer and longtime Chiefs fan Joel Thorman expressed his excitement in an article posted on the site about Mahomes place in Chiefs history. ” I can’t wait to see what he can do because he represents the next 10-plus years (we hope). said Thorman.
After being drafted back in 2017, Mahomes was asked about his opportunity to play for the Kansas City Chiefs. “Ever since I started playing football, this is what I’ve dreamed about,” Mahomes said. “Just the moment of getting the opportunity to play in the NFL, to get drafted and start my career, shows the love I have for football is paying off.” Whatever the opinion, all eyes, especially the eyes of fans in Kansas City, will be on Pat Mahomes this upcoming 2018 season.