Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes reflects on areas where he can improve

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As seven weeks have come and gone the Kansas City Chiefs have found themselves in dire straits with a 3-4 record.

If the season ended today, it would see them missing the playoffs for the first time in the Patrick Mahomes era. While the results of their schedule thus far have been far from ideal, the former MVP implied in his press conference on Thursday that he knows which facets of his game need improvement, reiterating his commitment to getting his team back to a more stable position.

“It’s kind of the same stuff,” Mahomes told reporters of Andy Reid’s message to him following the tough start. “Just stuff that I’ve always had to work on, and I kind of lose sometimes during the season and have to get better with. That’s like hanging in the pocket, working on my footwork, staying on time, all that stuff like that. That’s stuff that I work on every year. You see it get me in certain games every single year and it’s stuff I have to go back to and learn from and be better at.”

He continued, saying that his deficiencies defenses have exploited this season have made themselves known on film. He knows that the onus is on him to clean up the mistakes that have put the Chiefs in tough situations.

“There [were] times I maybe could’ve stepped, found a soft spot in the pocket where I got out of there and tried to make something happen,” Mahomes explained. “But like I said, it’s stuff I’ve worked on every single year. Whenever we don’t get going as an offense it’s because I’m doing little things like that. We have the guys on the team to make plays happen every single drive, but I have to make sure I’m executing at a high level so they can have those opportunities.”

Execution will certainly be crucial to Kansas City’s playoff hopes as they enter the most challenging part of their schedule. Judging from the words from their signal-caller, the whole roster is up for the challenge. Their defense will need to turn a corner for the Chiefs to be a truly viable team in the playoffs. Yet, in the modern quarterback-centric NFL, Mahomes’ commitment to playing fundamentally-sound football could be the deciding factor to whether Kansas City can climb out of the hole they’ve dug themselves early in 2021.

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