Even though the Chiefs have lost five of their past six games, Kansas City coach Andy Reid isn’t yet ready to hand the reins to rookie Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes starred as Texas Tech’s quarterback, leading the FBS in passing yards in 2016. The Chiefs took Mahomes with the 10th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft as the heir apparent to Alex Smith. But with Smith and Kansas City’s offense struggling, Mahomes is banging on the door.
Reid, though, remains committed to Smith.
“Alex is my guy,” Reid said Monday, per the Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor.
Smith passed for 199 yards and threw a costly interception late in the Chiefs’ 16-10 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. Kansas City leads the AFC West at 6-5, holding a one-game advantage over the Raiders and Chargers.
The game prompted several calls for Mahomes to take over, including from ESPN’s Louis Riddick and Hall of Fame member Cris Carter.
Time to take the car cover off of the Ferrari. #Mahomes
— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) November 26, 2017
Alex Smith has thrown his last pass as a KC Chiefs
— Cris Carter (@criscarter80) November 26, 2017
But Reid said the Chiefs’ offensive struggles fall on the unit as a whole, not only Smith. Kansas City’s running game and offensive line have also not been at top form in recent weeks.
“It is not one guy — that has to be understood, it is not one person,” Reid said, per Paylor. “And we all have to pull together as a football team, in this case, as an offensive football team, right now and get that taken care of. As a team. Not one guy. That is about as clear as I can make it.”
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