Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been known to find motivation from things such as NFL player rankings and his draft position. So Mahomes may not take kindly to what one opposing defensive coordinator had to say about him. The Athletic asked 50 people in the NFL to place NFL quarterbacks into tiers, and all but one had Mahomes in the top tier. It was a defensive coordinator who said Mahomes only takes his first read and then improvises.
“We love Mahomes because of his unorthodox throws, not because of his natural pocket presence,” the voter told the Athletic. “And when that disappears, that is when they lose games. I don’t think that is a 1. I think that is a 2. Nothing against the guy. I love the kid. But take his first read away and what does he do? He runs, he scrambles and he plays streetball.” That story, by Mike Sando, was published Monday and it led to conversations Tuesday on sports-talk shows.
Fox Sports’ Skip Bayless said he didn’t think Mahomes should not be practicing behind-the-back throws at training camp. Channel 41 shared video of the throw during Sunday’s practice. It’s something he does every year. Shannon Sharpe said it was ludicrous to not put Mahomes in the top tier and refuted everything Bayless said. Here are Sharpe and Bayless talking about the “streetball” comment and Mahomes in general: