The matchup for Super Bowl 54 is set with the Kansas City Chiefs set to face off against the San Francisco 49ers. That has put both starting quarterbacks in Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo in the spotlight over the next couple of weeks. It has brought forward many details about each player that didn’t necessarily have the same attention as previously garner. There is one interesting fact has emerged that has put both quarterbacks together with one thing in common between them.
Patrick Mahomes, Jimmy Garoppolo’s path to the Super Bowl
A year after falling short in the AFC title game to the New England Patriots, Mahomes broke through this time around against the Tennessee Titans. He was the driving force that led the franchise to the Super Bowl behind his stellar play.
Mahomes has thrown for 615 yards with eight touchdown passes to zero interceptions over the two games. That saw him help Kansas City overcome double-digit deficits in each contest. Meanwhile, Garoppolo’s path was a bit different as he hasn’t had to shoulder the workload like his Super Bowl counterpart.
The 49ers defense has been the most significant factor on the field, which includes allowing a franchise-best 147 total yards to the Minnesota Vikings. That was followed by Raheem Mostert becoming the first player to have for 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a playoff game. Garoppolo has completed 17-of-27 passes for 208 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Nonetheless, these two quarterbacks find themselves a win away from becoming Super Bowl champions. There is also something else that these two have in common.
1 Thing Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo share
Although these two quarterbacks have entered the NFL at different times, they have one unique connection that brings them together off the field.
Mahomes and Garoppolo have used the same private quarterback coach Jeff Christiansen, who is a former NFL quarterback. Christiansen was drafted with the 137th overall pick in the fifth round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
He didn’t take the field much in his career as he played in four games where he held a 1-1 record with 297 passing yards on a 41.4% completion rate with a touchdown to three interceptions. He made one brief appearance with the Bengals in his rookie year, and the rest of his action came with the Cleveland Browns in the 1987 season, where he made his only two starts. Christiansen played eight years in the league with the Bengals, Browns, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Denver Broncos.
He has put together a coaching camp located in the Chicago area called “Throw it Deep,” which he has helped more than 3000 quarterbacks. Christiansen’s organization helps quarterbacks and wide receivers year-round. Mahomes, Garoppolo, and Ryan Tannehill are the few current quarterbacks that have worked with him.
Sharing coaches is a common thread in the NFL
The connection to Christiansen shouldn’t come as much of a surprise at all. Many of the quarterbacks in the NFL use the same coaches to help them during the offseason. It’s become a norm over the years that has seen several quarterback coaches gain notability over the offseason.
There are coaches such as Tom House, who is a former MLB pitcher that has worked with the likes of Pro Bowl quarterbacks Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, and Jared Goff through his 3DQB training program. It’s something that shows each of these players’ commitment to getting better at their craft during the offseason.
It has certainly helped Mahomes and Garoppolo get to where they are at playing at the highest level with a chance to secure their first Super Bowl win.