Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes Says ‘People Think I’m Slow,’ Gives It A Chance During Plays

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Patrick Mahomes, star quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, is one of the most prolific passers in the NFL. Although the passing yards dropped significantly this season, Mahomes is still known more for his ability to throw than run.

But when Mahomes does use his legs, it’s usually effective in picking up critical yards at key moments in games.

This season, Mahomes rushed for a career-high 389 yards while throwing for 4,183 yards in 16 games.

In a media session in Las Vegas before the Super Bowl, Mahomes revealed his “secret” to great success. The caller pointed out that his opponents tended to underestimate him because of his running style.

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Patrick Mahomes speaks at a press conference

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes during a pre-Super Bowl press conference at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa in Las Vegas on February 8, 2024. (Kyle Terada/USA Sports Today)

Mahomes suggested that there is a perception that he is a slow runner because of the way he looks when he scrambles from the pocket.

“I think I’ve gotten better, (using) the right form, and faster, since I’ve been in the NFL,” the two-time league MVP told reporters.

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Mahomes admitted that his running style can appear neutral, which he believes gives him an advantage.

“But it doesn’t look that pretty, so I think people think I’m slow. I think it’s fake. , maybe that’s the secret to my speed that I don’t run like everyone else runs.”

Mahomes seems to have a knack for picking and choosing his spots when it comes to running.

Patrick Mahomes running

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) runs in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Eli Apple during the first half of a wild card playoff game on Jan. 13, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Although he will likely never stay in the class of elite dual-threat quarterbacks like Ravens star Lamar Jackson, Mahomes’ ability to use his legs at times helps keep defenses off balance.

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Mahomes and the Chiefs will try to win a second consecutive championship when they play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Niners will try to win their sixth Vince Lombardi trophy in franchise history.

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