Queue the doubters and start the hype train. A year has passed since the selection of Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, and a lot of questions still remain today.
Can an “air raid” style QB make it in pro football?
Since the creation of the air raid offense, quarterbacks have put up video-game numbers in the passing game, but why haven’t any of these quarterbacks been able to translate their game to the pros? The list of failures is long: Johnny Manziel, Graham Harrell, Kliff Kingsbury, Brandon Weeden. But with the recent success of some QB’s, I think you can make the case that this stigma is dying and that the NFL is moving to a more air raid friendly mold. Nick Foles, Case Keenum, and Jared Goff are all coming off playoff runs (one winning a Super Bowl) and all came out of college systems that primarily ran the air raid. So I think it’s about time we kill the stigma that air raid QB’s can’t play in the NFL.
Arm Talent. What does it mean?
You’ve heard 1000 analysts talk about it. Pat has what everyone likes to call arm talent. How does one teach their arm to be talented? I do not know, but Pat has done it.
Take a look at this play:
“Pattycakes” is a nickname given to Pat by his teammates, but he does anything but “pattycake” this ball downfield. Mahomes throws a fifty-yard dart, rolling out of the pocket, while on his back foot. Now, some will argue, “Why did he roll out? Wasn’t that a risky throw?” The simple answer is yes. However, the fact that he can still pull off plays like this in the NFL is pretty incredible.
Can Andy Reid control Mahomes’ gunsligner mentality?
The short answer? Yes. Reid has a very impressive track record of coaching QB’s. In 1997, Andy Reid was named the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, and consequently Brett Favre won an MVP. Favre pretty much invented the stigma of the “gunslinger.” Next up was Donovan McNabb, and then Alex Smith. Smith was labelled a “game manager” in San Francisco. Under Reid, Alex Smith put up MVP caliber numbers. Next up? Patrick Mahomes.
While all I’ve done so far is address some concerns that seem to follow Mahomes as he prepares to be the starting quarterback for the Chiefs, let’s not forget the praise he is receiving from people around the league.
Current LA Rams CB Aquib Talib:
“The guy got an AK-47 for an arm. He can throw it wherever he wants. It doesn’t matter if he’s running left or right. He’s got a gun for an arm and it shows on the field.”
Dan Orlovsky of God Morning Football:
The sample size may be small but there are big reasons for @Chiefs fans to get excited for @PatrickMahomes5 in 2018.@danorlovsky7 breaks down some tape on the Chiefs QB in #TuesdayMorningQB. pic.twitter.com/ZLEyLb5zrI— GMFB (@gmfb) May 22, 2018
Just look at how his teammates talk about him:
If I were a betting man, I would not be afraid to bet the house on “Pattycakes.” Mahomes has all of the weapons at his disposal to put up some impressive numbers in his sophomore season.
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