Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes trying to rid his game of ‘backyard football’
Some of Patrick Mahomes’ best work for the Kansas City Chiefs has come when he works outside of the pocket after a play breaks down. Many of his “viral” moments and jaw dropping plays come from scenarios where he makes the game look like the backyard version you play as a kid.
This year and during the offseason, the signal caller for the Chiefs says he is working to trust the pocket more, per Kevin Clark of The Ringer.
“I kind of get back to that backyard-style football a little bit too much. And you could definitely see that in the Super Bowl. I mean, there were times that pockets were clean and I was still scrambling.”
“I’ve been going back [working] on that. Making sure that I trust the guys around me and trust the pocket, make the read within the pocket and not try to make the big play happen.”
It’s an intriguing angle for Mahomes to take because he’s so dynamic working outside of the pocket and it’s those situations that has really put opposing defenses on their toes. But finding that balance for the Chiefs offense and trusting his offensive line is just as critical for Mahomes.
The Chiefs have aspirations of avenging their Super Bowl loss from a year ago and they return most of the core that got them to Tampa Bay in 2020. With Mahomes still peeling back layers of his game to improve, Kansas City should be right in the mix again in 2021.