The Kansas City Chiefs’ superstar quarterback took a shot to the head in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and was taken off the field for a concussion assessment. Mahomes did clear concussion protocol and is expected to practice this week, and be ready for next Monday night’s game against the New York Giants.
Mahomes’ mom, Randi who has seen her son take his share of tough hits, tweeted what every person who watches football has wondered aloud at least a dozen times.
This is Mahomes’ second head trauma this calendar year that required further examination. Remember, during the playoffs, he entered the NFL’s concussion protocol after the divisional round game against the Cleveland Browns.
Football is a violent and dangerous game and injuries are par for the course. But the Chiefs have Super Bowl expectations and spent the offseason revamping their offensive line after coming up short last season.
The Chiefs are 3-4 on the year and the revamped offensive line had its worst game, allowing four sacks and nine hits on Mahomes. The MVP quarterback failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season, threw his league-leading ninth interception, and failed to lead a touchdown drive for only the second time in his career.
While it may not be time to go into full-blown panic mode, Sunday’s game was another sign in a season of concerning signs for the Chiefs. They’ve fallen behind early in almost every game so far, and Mahomes has been part of the problem.
His passing yards per attempt is at the lowest it’s been in his career and his otherworldly 5-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio has dropped to a mere 2-to-1.
Maybe this is an aberration? Or maybe Mahomes’ video game numbers of the past few years were just not sustainable.
In the NFL, quarterbacks get the lion share of the credit for wins and they have to take it on the chin when the team loses.
While Chiefs fans may be panicking and looking for someone to blame, veteran head coach Andy Reid is taking a more holistic view.
Andy Reid on Patrick Mahomes: "He's trying to make things happen. We're all part of it. I've got to dial better things."
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) October 24, 2021
A record of 3-4 isn’t the end of the world, but it’s getting late early. Mahomes and the Chiefs will have to shore up some things in a hurry and get on a roll. Is it impossible? No. Is it likely? That remains to be seen.
Like Reid, Mahomes is taking the long view. He knows it’s about daily improvements, sustaining those improvements and building upon what you’ve accomplished.
.@PatrickMahomes: "It's been rainbows and flowers and awesome these last few years but when you want to build something substantial and something great you're going to go through parts like this." @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/OqUkKbqr4V
— Dani Welniak (@DaniWelniak) October 25, 2021
For as long as that guy is the starting quarterback for the Chiefs, fans of the Chiefs don’t have to worry.