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Is Everybody Expecting Too Much From Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid?

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes have been a winning combination since teaming up in Kansas City. Their journey culminated with a 31-20 victory in Super Bowl LIV over the 49ers. Although the Chiefs didn’t play perfectly — they trailed by multiple scores well into the fourth quarter — they played best when they needed it most.

Now that Mahomes has competed at a high level and Reid got the Super Bowl monkey off his back, some NFL analysts expect them to win more championships. But there may be too much pressure on the duo. Is everybody expecting too much from Mahomes and Reid?

Patrick Mahomes’ NFL career so far

The Chiefs chose Mahomes with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He sat behind Alex Smith for a year but was exceptional almost as soon as he became the KC’s starting quarterback in 2018. In his first season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to the AFC championship. Here are his career stats so far:

  • Win-loss record of 24-7
  • Completed 65.9% of his passes
  • 9,412 passing yards
  • 76 touchdowns 
  • 18 interceptions 

A look back at Andy Reid’s coaching career

A hallmark of Reid’s coaching career involves his ability to work with starting quarterbacks. So far, the Los Angeles native has mentored Donovan McNabb, Alex Smith, Michael Vick, and Mahomes, getting excellent performances out of each quarterback. 

Reid has 21 years of experience as an NFL head coach. He coached 14 years in Philadelphia and has completed seven seasons in Kansas City so far. Reid’s all-time record is 207-128-1, and he’s led his teams to the playoffs in 15 of those years.

The 61-year-old father of five has won one NFC championship amid four NFC title game appearances. Last season, Reid took the Chiefs to the AFC title game but came up just short against the New England Patriots.

Are the expectations too high for Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid? 

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs talks with head coach Andy Reid before a 2019 game
Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs talks with coach Andy Reid before a 2019 game | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

There’s no question that Mahomes has an outstanding resume at a young age. And, of course, Reid is a tremendously accomplished head coach. But the expectations for both men are very high after their recent Super Bowl win.

It’s almost a certainty that fans will want more championships out of the two. But this may be an unfair expectation. Reid’s career is proof positive of how difficult it is to win a championship in the NFL.

The coach took multiple teams to conference championship games and a Super Bowl only to come up short. It took years to get to the top of the mountain, and there’s no guarantee Reid will get back. The AFC is extremely competitive. The Baltimore Ravens will likely be very good again, and no one should count out the New England Patriots.

Meanwhile, Mahomes is a great quarterback at the beginning of a brilliant career. But it’s very difficult for QBs to win multiple Super Bowls. Not many have done it. Here are some of the great quarterbacks who have only won one Super Bowl: 

  • Steve Young
  • Brett Favre
  • Aaron Rodgers
  • Russell Wilson
  • Drew Brees

Mahomes could continue to play this way and still not win a championship. Winning a title is almost as much a matter of circumstance as it is skill. No one will be surprised if Mahomes and Reid team up to win again. But no one should expect another title from the pair.

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