Throughout his brief time in the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been one of the most tantalizing and exciting players to watch in the league. Mahomes is bursting with creativity in nearly every game with his ability to playmake on just about any given play. However, there is one play that head coach Andy Reid has given his star quarterback the red light from doing on the field.
Patrick Mahomes’ rise to stardom
In his third year in the NFL, Mahomes has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks.
The 24-year-old has proved it quickly behind his tremendous production that has seen him become the third player alongside Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to throw for at least 50 touchdown passes along. He also had 5,097 passing yards and held a 113.6 passer rating that he helped him become the youngest player in NFL history to win the MVP award.
Although a dislocated kneecap kept him off the field for a pair of games, he tallied 4,031 passing yards along with 26 touchdown passes to five interceptions and a 105.3 passer rating. He has taken it up a notch in the playoffs as he has eight touchdown passes and 615 passing yards through the first two playoff games.
Mahomes has now become the youngest player to reach the Super Bowl and win an MVP award. His future ahead is nothing short of bright as he has the chance to establish himself as the face of the league for years to come.
1 play Andy Reid won’t let Patrick Mahomes Do
There is no shortage of creativity from Mahomes on any given play, as he has shown that he can make any type of throw.
However, there is one pass attempt that Reid has halted as backup quarterback Chad Henne has voiced in the days leading up to Super Bowl 54, according to James Palmer of the NFL Network.
“[Mahomes] tries it all the time because he keeps lobbying for coach Reid to put it in the system,” backup quarterback Chad Henne told me this week. “He tells coach Reid, ‘I can option this way and then throw it back this way’, and I’m like, ‘Ahhh, let’s just take care of the ball.’ “
It shouldn’t come as a surprise as Mahomes has thrown the ball every which way in his brief time in the NFL. That has ranged from a no-look throw, jump pass to a side-arm throw. There isn’t anything that he can’t do on the field.
That alone does suggest that Mahomes could pull a trick out of the bag for the Super Bowl if the situation arises.
Chiefs’ Challenge ahead in Super Bowl 54
In his third year, Mahomes has the fortunate opportunity to play in the Super Bowl, but it comes with a significant challenge against the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers possess arguably the best defense in the league that is fueled by the play of the stout defensive line. That places an even greater importance on Mahomes to head the charge offensively as it could come down to his play on the field. Next to playing the New England Patriots defense, it could be the toughest challenge he faced all season long.
It’s also a chance for Mahomes to add to his legacy by leading his team past a highly formidable opponent. There is a lot on the line in Super Bowl 54, but he has proven to have the ability to lead his team with his arm and playmaking. It all sets up for what should be a highly entertaining matchup on Sunday night between two of the best teams in the league.