Comparisons are a vital part of sports. We can't set our eyes on a new talent without immediately pointing to who that player reminds us of, like the Leonardo Di Caprio meme from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I do it too, so I wish I had an answer for why we can't escape the jaws of a player-comp,...
Patrick Mahomes - Is it Sustainable?
Up Next for Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes is off to arguably the greatest start of any quarterback in NFL history. So far in his 5-game career he is 5-0 with 14 touchdowns to the one interception he threw in his debut game at the end of last season. It is remarkable what Mahomes has been able to do so far and just how far can it go?
Mahomes was born to throw, literally, his father was a professional pitcher in the MLB for over a decade. 93 touchdowns to 29 interceptions at Texas Tech, the NCAA single-game yards passing record with 734 in a shootout loss against the Baker Mayfield led Sooners, the 2016 NCAA passing yards leader. Mahomes has been a high-volume passer for years and he has continued that streak in the NFL after sitting out a season backing up a pro bowl quarterback in Alex Smith. There is no limit to what Mahomes can accomplish, surrounded by young weapons in the likes of Travis Kelce 28, Tyreek Hill 24, Sammy Watkins 25, Kareem Hunt 23. He could be the man to take down Peyton Manning's single season passing record of 5,477 yards.
The most obvious comparison analysts have made is comparing Mahomes to Brett Favre. The arm strength, the athleticism, the pocket awareness and the natural swagger, the comparison is there to be had but it is an inaccurate comparison. Mahomes is a much better decision maker than Brett Favre ever proved to be. Brett Favre had 6 seasons where he threw over 20 interceptions, 3 of which he led the league in interceptions emphasized by the 2005 season where he had 29 interceptions to just 20 touchdowns. Favre had the arm talent but he also took risks that Mahomes has so far avoided.
In reality Mahomes is a little bit of Brett Favre in arm strength, Aaron Rodgers in accuracy, Tony Romo in pocket awareness, and Peyton Manning in decision making. Patrick Mahomes is a one in a lifetime kind of talent and could accomplish feats we did not deem possible.
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