Chiefs HC Andy Reid not worried by Patrick Mahomes’ struggles in practice
The Kansas City Chiefs kickstarted the offseason by trading long-time starting quarterback Alex Smith in favor of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Unfortunately, Mahomes has seemingly gotten off to a rough start at organized team activities.
Despite his struggles, head coach Andy Reid admits the staff has been throwing a lot at the young gunslinger. That said, Reid is not concerned with his performance this early in the offseason, via the team’s official website:
“No, and I’ve mentioned this to you guys before when Alex [Smith] was here and so on, these are camps where you want to test,” Reid said when asked if the interceptions were worrisome. “We throw in a lot of new stuff so you want to test what you can get away with in these camps, so you’re going to have interceptions. That doesn’t bother me. If you repeat it, now that’s a problem but you want to test it and see what you can get away with. That’s all a part of the way this thing works.”
It is encouraging to see that Reid is not getting too worked up about Mahomes’ struggles thus far. Then again, it would be unusual for any coach to start panicking based off a couple of practices. Furthermore, a learning curve was to be expected for the second-year quarterback.
Mahomes got little work in during the 2017 campaign after playing in just one game. He completed 22 of his 25 pass attempts for 284 yards and an interception albeit against a formidable Denver Broncos defense.
Despite the small sample size, it appears Mahomes did enough in practice to justify trading their franchise quarterback this offseason. Regardless of his performance thus far, Kansas City still has high expectations for the team moving forward.