The Chiefs future looks fantastic with Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

I have seen the future of the Kansas City Chiefs and it looks great. I’m not referring to the future in the Chiefs’ postseason this January, but for the 2018 season and 2019 and 2020 and beyond. I’m not ready to put Patrick Mahomes II in Canton, Ohio – but I would not rule it out – after one start and one game-winning drive to end the game with a field goal to beat the Denver Broncos 27-24.

But I do believe the Chiefs have a quarterback that will lead them to numerous victories and postseason play, maybe even the Super Bowl, for the next decade if he can remain healthy.

One game does not make a career, but Patrick Mahomes gave all a glimpse of his gifted talent and strong accurate arm at Denver.

“He’s great,” Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. “He’s the quarterback for the future of the Chiefs … he came out and made some great throws. Hats off to Mahomes. He’s going to be a great quarterback.”

The Chiefs drafted Todd Blackledge in the first round in 1983 after he led Penn State to the national championship.  In five years with Kansas City, he appeared in 40 games and went 13-11 as a starter. He threw 26 touchdowns and had 32 interceptions. His Chiefs’ QB rating was 62 before finishing his career with a couple of nondescript seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, going 2-3 in five starts.

The Chiefs did not tab another quarterback in the first round again until 2017 when they moved up in the draft to select Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech with the 10th overall pick.

Patrick Mahomes sat on the bench until the Denver game, which had no implications on the Chiefs’ postseason.  They had already clinched the AFC West title and had secured a No. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs. He had been tutored by starter Alex Smith and coach Andy Reid.  It was time for Mahomes to make his debut and Smith to sit and not risk injury against the Broncos before the playoffs began.

So a meaningless game turned into a meaningful game as this would be the initial look at Patrick Mahomes against a topflight NFL defense. He made the most of it.

“You always have to be ready,” Mahomes said. “All season long, it’s kind of been the same thing — you have to make sure you’re ready to go at any moment.”

His first completion was 51 yards to Demetrius Harris.  On the final winning drive he threw completions of 13, 14 and 19 yards to Albert Wilson.

“He had complete command out there,” Reid said.

Patrick Mahomes was sacked on the first play of the last drive and often harassed, but still demonstrated the poise to make plays. He wound up the day completing 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards.

“He’s going to be special,” Chiefs running back Anthony Sherman said.

It is not just limited to Patrick Mahomes to be bullish on the Chiefs’ future. Kareem Hunt, another rookie and a third-round pick, won the NFL rushing title with 1,327 yards. Second-round pick Tanoh Kpassagnon, an outside linebacker, and fifth-round pick Ukeme Eligwe, an inside linebacker, contributed to make three sacks against the Broncos in their first starts. They may have been backups as rookies, but in the next few years they could be defensive anchors.

But it all starts with a franchise quarterback and that would be Mahomes.

“He played fantastic,” Kareem Hunt said.

Owner Clark Hunt would in all likelihood say the same thing.

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Article by Alan Eskew

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