New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton is impressed by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, saying the 25-year-old is "changing the game." Mahomes, who was named the NFL MVP in 2018, led the Chiefs to winning the Super Bowl last season after initiating a big fourth quarter comeback against the San Francisco 49ers.
"Man, he's changing the game," Newton said Thursday. "I think he's shining light on the new wave of quarterbacks. It's just fun to watch." Mahomes, who was named the MVP of last season's Super Bowl, has been absolutely brilliant at the beginning of the new season as the Chiefs enjoy a 3-0 record.
"It's not like he's just back there and it's an arcade game," Newton added. "Sometimes it looks like it, but he knows exactly what he's doing and how he's manipulating the defense. That's the same thing that the Dan Marinos used to do.
Obviously the Tom Bradys. The Aaron Rodgers. Those guys really have so much command of the offense that you dictate to the defense. That's what he's doing. He's playing the game at a high level."
Mahomes praises Newton
Newton wasn't the only one dropping praises ahead of Sunday's matchup between the Patriots and Chiefs.
Newton, who was named the NFL MVP in 2015, led the Carolina Panthers to a Super Bowl appearance the same season. In his first season with the Patriots, Newton has enjoyed a solid start as the team owns a 2-1 record. "I wish I could do some of the things he does, as far as how physical he is, and the way he's able to make plays happen.
He's a great football player, someone I watched when he was at Auburn," Mahomes said, also referencing how he has seen Newton's highlights from his time at Blinn College in Texas. "He's in a great spot now and he's playing really good football."
Newton was flattened by the praise he received from Mahomes. "We all have our own platforms and I play this game for multiple reasons," Newton said. "A lot of those reasons kind of come off the backs of somebody empowering me.
It's pretty neat to hear that, but at the end of the day we all have a responsibility to empower others, to motivate others, and to impact others. And through it all we just all have to use our influence in a positive way."