Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu was not surprised to see backup quarterback Chad Henne stepping up and leading the Chiefs to a win over the Cleveland Browns. In the third quarter of the divisonal round game against the Browns, Chiefs starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes took a hit and got knocked to the ground.
Mahomes was then briefly examined on the sideline, before he left for the locker room and entered the concussion protocol. Backup quarterback Henne replaced Mahomes and got the job done as he went 6-of-8 for 66 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception.
But most importantly, Henne made several key plays late in the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Chiefs, "There's nothing for us to do but sit around and kind of shoot it," Mathieu said of his early mornings with Henne.
"He's a great guy. One of the things I've really noticed about him is that he's a true professional. He's one of those guys that's a true veteran that's always ready. If you're able to watch this guy every single day Monday through Saturday, he does the same routine as if he's going to play that week.
"If you were able to kind of watch him in the last game of the regular season against the Chargers, you saw a guy that understood the offense. You saw a guy that knew where the ball was supposed to go, and he got it there."
Henne did a great job of replacing Mahomes
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid indicated that Mahomes would might have returned to the game had the hit came before the league introduced the concussion protocol. "There was a chance back in the day that Patrick comes back in [the game],'' Reid said.
"You saw him run up the tunnel. By the time he got to that point he was feeling pretty good. But there's a certain protocol you have to follow and that takes it out of the trainer's hand and the player's hand and the doctor's hand.'
' Now the question is will Mahomes clear the concussion protocol in time to play this week's AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills. "Because of the protocol, it's a no-brainer from a coaching standpoint,'' Reid said.
"You don't have to think about it. You just have to go forward and make sure you have an answer if he's there and an answer if he's not there. I can't tell you from a medical standpoint. I don't know that. That's their decision and I just follow it.' '