Kansas City, Missouri – Quarterback Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes September is spent sizzling heading into Sunday’s game at the Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. EDT, CBS). He has seven touchdown passes, which equals the top of the league. He has not yet objected. His QBR total of 82.4 ranks him third in the NFL.
Andy Reed, the chiefs coach, said the way Mahomes makes football a priority even during a busy holiday period can help explain why the season started off strong. Quarterback Backup Shane Boyshell He said it’s his physical training regimen, which is meant to be ready for the exact moment the boot camp starts. Mahomes takes it back to the way Red pushes him into training camp.
No matter the reason, it’s just another September for Mahomes in his fifth season as a debutant for the Chiefs. His fast has become to be expected, but how does he stack up all the time in the opening month? Is he the greatest september quarterback ever? The numbers are a good case.
Mahomes’ career in September QBR 86.7 is the highest in the league since the stat was first recorded in 2006. Peyton Manning It ranks second on the list with 78.6, trailing by more than eight points. Mahomes’ average pass of 322.6 yards per game is 27.2 more than anyone else in a month since at least 1970 (at least 10 games), according to ESPN statistics and information.
The CV is ongoing. His completion rate (68.8%) is the best among QBs with at least 500 attempts in the first month of the season. Perhaps most convincing for him is the 48-3 touch difference to interception, which gives him a Sept 16 TD per intercept. That’s a lot better than the next midfielder on the list out there, Aaron Rodgers in 4.4-1.
It translates to team success, too. Kansas City had gone from 13 to 2 in September when the Mahomes started winning by 86.7 – also their best for that month. Roger Staubach is second among the quarterbacks with at least Sept 15 starting at 22-4 (84.6%).
All of this making the Mahomes issue the best September quarterback ever, doesn’t mean he was unproductive the rest of the season.
“I think he does a really good job all the time,” Reid said.
In fact, The Chiefs did even better in December, going 17-2 with the Mahomes as a start. This is the best month ever for a quarterback in NFL history. But statistically speaking, he’s at his best in September.
Luck can be a factor in that. In last Thursday night’s game, the Los Angeles Chargers could have intercepted Mahomes four times. defensive back Thank you, Samuel Jr.. Drop two picks. A third was overturned after a video review, and a fourth was disallowed by a penalty kick, leading Mahomes to joke afterward, “I have to live right.”
Otherwise, Mahomes was generally at a springboard in September. For Reid, his early season success begins in the off season, when the Mahomes dedicates a lot of time to football although the schedule is also packed with business sessions, trips to sporting events and family time.
“Football is important [to Mahomes]”I think if you ask him, family and football is top of the list there are among the things he does,” Reid said. “And so he’s always going to do it whether he’s doing a business or something like that. He’ll put that first, and he’s not going to disrupt what he’s doing.”
Mahomes rarely misses off-season practice. This year, he’s staged some spring throwing sessions with the Chiefs’ receivers near his off-season home in Texas, an especially important exercise after the team delivered so much of his pass group.
He’s fine-tuned what Reed and offensive coordinator Eric Beneme have wanted from him since the start of the season.
“There are times in games when I know the name of the game before it gets called,” Mahomes said. “We are very much on the same page. So when [Bieniemy] I started calling the play, I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I was expecting. “
tight end Travis Kelsey He said he was initially apprehensive about how strong the Presidents’ passing game would be after they traded the receiver Trek Hill To the Miami Dolphin in the Office. Hill is one of the most explosive players in the league and has been the best wide receiver for the Chiefs in each of the past six seasons.
Then Kelsey went to Texas in the spring and took part in exercises led by Mahomes.
“When I saw it go down, I knew guys were going to work their tails off, and then we’d be fine,” Kelsey said.
Mahomes’s 8.7 yard attempt in September is also the NFL’s best player since at least 1970 (at least 300 attempts), and while his 2022 average was a little lower at 8.0 without Hill Downfield, he still ranks fifth in the league.
Heads training camp practices under Reid tend to be effective. They don’t train against other teams. Battles between players on the field are rare.
It starts fast as soon as the regular season usually starts, even before the Mahomes got its start in 2018. The Chiefs started 9-0 in 2013, the first season for Reid. Then they were either 4-0 or 5-0 every season between 2017 and 2020.
This is no accident, Mahomes said.
“I think that’s how we run bootcamp,” Mahomes said. “It’s tough. I mean it’s hard for everyone, but I think it sets you up to be ready the first week. Then you go in there and just get carried away. The coach has a great game plan, you have guys flying around and ready to go, ready to play a game and not practice against each other.”
“We have a lot of reps in the training camp. We have a really good defense with a good layout. Then coach Reed put us in a lot of game-like situations where we have to do a two-minute workout or we have to drive on the field in a long-distance workout and all these different situations, so that Don’t be surprised by things when we get to the game.”
Buechele is also from Texas and worked with Mahomes while on vacation. He said he’s seen Mahomes limit his training routine to be in perfect shape when he needs to be the most.
He also said Mahomes’ communication with Reid is very helpful early in the season, when some teams are still trying to determine which plays in their book might work and which don’t.
“They think the same thing,” Buechele said. “Once you’ve been with each other for a long time, you kind of think, ‘Oh, it’s three and seven, that’s what we like here. “They’ve been talking about it all week, situational stuff, and so they’re always on the same page, which is huge to have success on the offensive side.”
The big September of Mahomes this season may have never been more important for the Chiefs, who have watched their West Asian rivals swell in the off-season. Mahomes answered with a 360-yard throw and five touchdown passes in the season-opening win against the Arizona Cardinals. He then had a pair of TD throws in last week’s win over the Chargers, a result that gave the Chiefs an early edge in their division.
Not surprisingly. It’s always what they get from their quarterback, at least this time of the season.