Patrick Mahomes has firmly established himself as one of the game’s best players through his first few seasons. The Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback’s impressive start to his career has seen much growth along the way. However, there is an area to Mahomes‘ game that he wishes could have conducted differently.
Patrick Mahomes’ quick rise to stardom
Since becoming the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in the 2018 season, Patrick Mahomes has experienced a meteoric rise to stardom.
Mahomes is the driving force to Kansas City’s explosive offense that has seen the franchise achieve tremendous success in the last two campaigns. The Chiefs are coming off back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances and their first Super Bowl win in five decades.
The 25-year-old achieved historic individual success in the process by becoming the youngest player to win both the regular-season MVP award and Super Bowl MVP honors. Mahomes also continues to produce at a historic rate, such as becoming the fastest to reach 10,000 career passing yards and 90 career touchdown passes.
However, looking back to earlier in his brief NFL career, the star quarterback holds a regret about what one aspect he wishes he could have approached differently.
Patrick Mahomes’ regrets from his early NFL career
Throughout his first three-plus seasons, Patrick Mahomes has continued to take strides forward in his development.
One of the areas he continues to see improvement in is his decision-making, resulting in a progressive decrease in the interception ratio. According to Adam Teicher of ESPN, Mahomes recently voiced that he would tell his younger self not to be as aggressive with his throws to avoid unnecessary mistakes.
“Earlier in my career there are some throws I wouldn’t have made [this season] because they were dumb decisions at the time,” Mahomes said. “There were some throws I hope I still do make. It’s kind of playing with that fine line of being as aggressive as you possibly can but not being overly aggressive. I try to look back on every experience and learn from it. I think there’s a lot of positives along with some negatives that I can learn from.”
Mahomes has experienced some marked improvement in that area this season as he has 21 touchdown passes to one interception through the first eight games played. He has continued to decrease in that area with just five interceptions last year compared to 12 in his first full season as a starting quarterback.
The 25-year-old may be on the mountaintop as arguably the game’s best quarterback, but he has found ways to improve at his craft.
Bright future ahead in Kansas City
With Patrick Mahomes showing progressive improvement in his decision-making, it has put an even brighter future ahead with the Chiefs.
Mahomes’s historic $503 million extension has secured his long-term NFL home in Kansas City as the franchise’s centerpiece. He has already established himself as arguably the game’s best player, who is still a few years away from his physical prime.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs continue to stabilize the core group around him with long-term deals. Mahomes has an opportunity ahead to put together a career that not only could make him a first-ballot Hall of Famer but potentially the greatest quarterback in league history.
Kansas City has the structure in place to continue to put forth a highly talented roster around him. The pressure is on Mahomes to make the most of the situation that could see him guide the franchise to many years of sustained success.