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Patrick Mahomes has interesting theory behind Chiefs’ struggles

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL so far in 2021. Patrick Mahomes thinks he knows why.

The Chiefs quarterback told ESPN’s Lisa Salters in a pre-game interview on “Monday Night Football” that he felt some of the team’s issues are related to focus. Mahomes said that he and some of his teammates had been so focused on winning in the playoffs after last year’s Super Bowl loss that they lost sight of the regular season.

“We expected to be in the playoffs. We expected to have another chance at going to the Super Bowl,” Mahomes said. “But it takes the daily process of every single day to make it there, and we’re noticing that now, that we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and put in that work.”

The Chiefs are still getting plenty of yardage, but they came into Monday night leading the league in turnovers. A lot of their issues are down to sloppiness and preventable mistakes. That suggests it can be turned around, and it would serve as evidence to support Mahomes’ thinking.

There are definitely some indications that the Chiefs’ heads have not been in the right place lately. Fortunately, they have plenty of time to refocus and turn the season around.

Patrick Mahomes says he called himself out in front of teammates

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is enduring the worst stretch of his NFL career, and he’s taking full accountability in public and private.

Mahomes admitted Thursday he had said privately to his teammates that he must be better, and laid the blame squarely on himself for the offense’s performance in last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.

“You can just watch the tape and know that I need to play better in order to have success,” Mahomes said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN. “There were plays where guys were open. There were plays where we had matchups down the field that I didn’t hit that I usually would give those guys opportunities to make plays.

“I’ve said something to them that I’ve got to be better. At the same time, they have that mindset that they’re going to try to build me up. It’s a thing where you’re not going to play your best game every single game, and that’s when you have to rely on your other guys to kind of step up and make plays for you.”

Mahomes threw for only 206 yards with an interception and no touchdowns against the Titans, the worst statistical showing of his career. He has already thrown more interceptions in 2021 than he did in all of 2020.

The NFL is all about adapting and outwitting opponents. There’s some evidence that opposing defenses have started to do that to the Chiefs. Now it’s on Mahomes to counter that.

Have defenses solved Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs offense with specific strategy?

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have looked shockingly mediocre this season. Patrick Mahomes already has nine interceptions, which is three more than he had in all of 2020 and four more than the year before. Could that have something to do with the way teams are lining up against them?

Mahomes is averaging 7.6 yards per completion this season, which is the lowest mark of his career. According to Next Gen Stats, no quarterback in the NFL has faced more two-high safety defenses this season than Mahomes.

That is not a coincidence. Opponents have clearly focused on taking the explosive play away from the Chiefs. That has led to Mahomes making poor decisions and forcing the ball into coverage. The result has been a lot more turnovers than we’ve seen in past years, when Andy Reid’s offense was virtually unstoppable.

The Chiefs are still scoring points and moving the ball. They rank eighth in the NFL with 26.9 points per game and are third with 419.3 total yards of offense per game. Their abysmal defense has been their biggest issue, but Mahomes and company have been able to mask those issues in the past. That hasn’t been the case in 2021.

Some of Mahomes’ interceptions have been the result of drops and tipped passes, which is why his mother recently lobbied for a major NFL rule change. Most, however, have happened in situations where he was trying to do too much. Opponents appear to have come up with a successful formula for slowing Mahomes down. It’s up to Reid and the Chiefs to find a way around it.

Patrick Mahomes’ fiancee Brittany has complaint about his injury

Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews

Patrick Mahomes’ fiancee Brittany Matthews had a complaint surrounding the injury the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback suffered on Sunday.

Mahomes was checked for a concussion after being hit in his head while falling forward on a failed 4th down play in the fourth quarter (video here). Fans were concerned upon seeing Mahomes get hurt. Brittany seemed upset about CBS airing all the slow motion replays of the play.

Matthews retweeted the following tweet shared by Travis Kelce’s girlfriend.

The replays are shown so those who are interested can gain an understanding of how damaging the hit/injury might be. Mahomes has millions of fans and people concerned about his health. Matthews should understand that.

Mahomes left the game after that play and did not return as Chad Henne finished the game at quarterback for KC. Mahomes did pass his concussion tests and said after the game that he feels “fine.”

The Chiefs lost 27-3 to Tennessee and are now 3-4 this season. This really has not been the Chiefs’ year, and they don’t seem to have the answers.

Patrick Mahomes suffers injury after taking knee to the head

Patrick Mahomes injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had a brutal day against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and it got even worse when he suffered an injury in the fourth quarter.

Mahomes tried to make something happen on 4th-and-long with the Chiefs trailing 27-3, but he was dragged down by one defender and inadvertently kneed in the head by another. The star quarterback appeared dazed as he was helped off the field by teammates:

Here’s another angle of the play:

Fortunately, Mahomes was later spotted on the sideline chatting with Andy Reid. There was obviously concern about a concussion, but the Chiefs did not make any announcement about Mahomes suffering a head injury.

Mahomes was replaced by Chad Henne, likely for precautionary reasons. He finished the day 20/35 for 206 yards and his ninth interception of the season, which is the most in the NFL.

Patrick Mahomes’ brother Jackson apologizes for major faux pas

Jackson Mahomes dances

Patrick Mahomes’ brother Jackson apologized on Sunday for his actions while in attendance for the Kansas City Chiefs’ 31-13 win over Washington.

Jackson, who has a large following on social media, posted some videos of himself dancing at the game. Jackson was dancing in a roped-off area where the Sean Taylor memorial was located.

Taylor, a former Washington safety, played four seasons in the NFL and made two Pro Bowls before he was killed by intruders in a 2007 shooting at his home. Washington retired Taylor’s jersey on Sunday.

After receiving criticism for desecrating Taylor’s memorial, Jackson posted an apology on Twitter.

“I want to sincerely apologize for accidentally being on the Sean Taylor #21 at FedEx Field. We were directed to stand in that area and I meant absolutely no disrespect to him or his family,” Mahomes wrote.

This is the second time this season that Jackson has drawn attention over his behavior at a road game (see the other here). Patrick’s mother also made headlines over what she tweeted during Sunday’s game.

Patrick might want to tell his family members to do him a favor and abandon all social media. They’re just hurting his image left and right and making him unlikable by association.

Patrick Mahomes’ mother lobbies for rule change after QB’s interception

Patrick Mahomes mother Randi

Patrick Mahomes continued his recent struggles in Sunday’s game against Washington, but he threw an interception early on that was not his fault. His mother wants the stat sheet to reflect that.

Mahomes threw an interception deep in Washington territory early in the second quarter. The ball should have been caught, as it was right on-target and bounced off Tyreek Hill’s hands.

Mahomes’ mother, Randi, had no problem throwing Hill under the bus. She immediately took to Twitter and lobbied for the NFL to stop counting passes that bounce off receivers’ hands as interceptions.

That’s not going to happen, mom.

Mahomes threw another pick deep in the red zone near the end of the first half. His mother didn’t have anything to say about that one, which is no surprise considering it may have been the worst pick of the Kansas City Chiefs star’s career.

The Chiefs simply have not been able to find a rhythm this season. Their defense has been horrible, but that wasn’t the issue on Sunday. It seems like Steve Young was spot on with his harsh assessment of the reigning AFC champs last week.

Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend responds to criticism from Chiefs fan

Patrick Mahomes Brittany Matthews

Patrick Mahomes’ fiancee Brittany Matthews has been known to criticize NFL officials when things don’t go her husband’s way, but not all Kansas City Chiefs fans appreciate her enthusiasm.

The Chiefs were blown out by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night, and Matthews had many of her usual Twitter complaints during the 38-20 loss. She tweeted at one point saying the “refs are never in our favor,” which drew a response from a Chiefs fan who feels Matthews complaining is a bad look for the organization. Matthews told the fan to “shut up.”

Matthews, who welcomed a child with Mahomes earlier this year, is always extremely outspoken. We saw a recent example of that when she ripped the officials over a pass interference call earlier this season. If the Chiefs continue to struggle, she’ll probably have a lot more to say.

Patrick Mahomes’ thoughts on Josh Gordon revealed

Josh Gordon

The Kansas City Chiefs have added Josh Gordon to their potent offense, and apparently Patrick Mahomes is pretty excited about that.

Gordon was reinstated by the NFL on Sept. 24 and agreed to a deal with the Chiefs a few days later. He began with the practice squad and could end up being activated in the near future.

Mahomes is stoked for that possibility.

NBC Sports’ Mike Florio spoke during “Football Night in America” on Sunday about Mahomes’ thoughts on Gordon. Florio relayed thoughts that came from a conversation he had with the Chiefs quarterback.

“Mahomes is also very excited about the prospect of next Sunday night adding receiver Josh Gordon,” Florio said. “Mahomes went on and on about how enthused he is about having this guy on the team about how hard he works about how special he is. And he can’t wait to make him a part of the offense.”

It’s unclear when Gordon will be activated by the Chiefs to play, but we know how hyped Mahomes is for the possibility.

Mahomes passed for five touchdowns on Sunday in a win over the Eagles. He completed 11 passes to Tyreek Hill for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He also has great targets in Travis Kelce and Mecole Hardman. Adding Gordon to the mix will really make the offense even better.

Patrick Mahomes has messages for Chiefs fans following consecutive losses

Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

Chiefs fans are in an unfamiliar position these days: the team has a losing record. Kansas City has become spoiled by its football team in recent years, especially since Patrick Mahomes took over at quarterback. The MVP has proven to be among the best quarterbacks in the league, often being able to score nearly at will. But his Chiefs have lost consecutive close games and are now 1-2.

Following Sunday’s Week 3 loss to the Chargers, Mahomes said that the adversity wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Then on Tuesday, Mahomes reiterated his focus. He said that he would keep working.

Those are better messages than the one delivered by Mahomes’ fiancee.

KC visits Philly in Week 4. The Eagles are 1-2 and did not look good on Monday night against Dallas. This should be a game where the Chiefs get things back on track.