Reid Tailored Offense To Mahomes' Skillset

We're only one week into the Patrick Mahomes Era, but early results were favorable

Reiter Than You
September 12, 2018 - 8:55 am

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It was only one game, but Patrick Mahomes sure looked solid in his 2018 debut, finishing 15-of-27 for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-28 road win over the Chargers.

While Mahomes was impressive, his head coach had a lot to do with that.

“Look, I think Andy Reid is on of the best quarterback coaches in football,” former NFL GM Mike Lombardi said on Reiter Than You. “The offense he ran with Donovan McNabb doesn’t resemble the offense he ran with Alex Smith in Kansas City, nor does this Patrick Mahomes offense fit the same as Alex Smith. He tailors his offense much like Sean McVay to Jared Goff, tailoring to the quarterback’s skillset and making it easier for him to play effectively.”

Kareem Hunt (16 carries for 49 yards) and Travis Kelce (one catch for 6 yards) had quiet days against the Chargers, but Tyreek Hill erupted for seven catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned a punt 91 yards for a score.

“They had an offense that they were hiding this summer that they weren’t going to let everybody see until opening day – and then we saw it,” Lombardi said. “They’ve got a dynamic weapon in Tyreek Hill. Sammy Watkins to me, they overpaid him because he’s not a No. 1 receiver – but he is going to have to be a No. 1 receiver because they’re going to double Tyreek Hill everywhere he’s on the field. This offense can move the ball.”

While the Chargers are a formidable foe, the Chiefs will face an even stiffer test this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.

“Now when they’re on the road with pressure, Mahomes, can he handle it?” Lombardi said. “(The Chargers) didn’t play nearly well enough to be able to match the intensity of Patrick Mahomes’ offense.”