Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has admitted that he didn't know how to read defenses until halfway through the 2018 season as he was lacking experience in his first several NFL games. Mahomes, who was selected by the Chiefs at No.
10 in the 2017 NFL draft, became a starter in 2018 after the team parted ways with its long-time quarterback Alex Smith. In his first season as a starter, Mahomes couldn't have been any more impressive as he won the MVP award and led the Chiefs to the AFC championship, in which they narrowly lost to the New England Patriots.
Mahomes fell just short of leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl in his MVP season but it didn't take him long to become a Super Bowl champion as this past season he led his team to winning their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
"I didn’t understand how to read defenses until halfway through last year,” Mahomes admitted in a recent promotional video for “The Shop,” LeBron James’ HBO television. "I understood coverages, but how to be able to pick up little tendencies that defenses do, stuff that (Tom) Brady and them have done that they know it, I was just playing.
“This year I could actually recognize more and more stuff. And I think the more experience and the more I learn then I’ll be able to go out there and call plays and do that different stuff because I’ve seen it.
And I still think there’s a long long way for me to go there. And that’s where mentally I think I can get better. Physically, I feel like I’ve done a lot of stuff. I always work on the fundamentals and doing that stuff, but I think mentally I can take my game to a whole ‘nother level."
Mahomes is as impressive as it gets
After helping the Chiefs to overturn a fourth-quarter deficit and beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, 24-year-old Mahomes became the first player ever to win an NFL MVP award and a Super Bowl before turning 25.
The Chiefs couldn't be more happy with what they see in their starting quarterback, and as a result of that, they extended Mahomes' contract through the 2031 season. The extension is worth up to $503 million and that's the most lucrative deal in the history of US sports.