When watching Super Bowl LV this past year, plenty of people were quick to point the finger at the Chiefs’ lack of pass protection behind an injury-riddled offensive line as superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes was pressured 29 times (a Super Bowl record) en route to a 31-9 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mahomes has since re-watched this blowout title-game loss. Upon further inspection, the 25-year-old QB believes he’s more to blame than his offensive line.
He noted a lack of faith in his patch-worked protection unit — scrambling away too early instead of trusting his teammates and sticking in the pocket.
“Sometimes when I get hit early, I don’t trust staying in the pocket and going through my reads,” Mahomes said, via Kevin Clark of The Ringer. “I kind of get back to that backyard-style football a little bit too much. And you could definitely see that in the Super Bowl. I mean, there were times that pockets were clean and I was still scrambling.”
After getting sacked three times and hit eight, Mahomes finished the game with a less-than-impressive 270 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
Fortunately for Mahomes, he has a bit more reason to trust his O-line head into this season.
During this offseason, the Kansas City front office has added Pro-Bowl LT Orlando Brown Jr., veteran guard Joe Thuney, centers Creed Humphrey/Austin Blythe, sixth-round pick Trey Smith and third-round pick Lucas Niang.
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