NFL MVP tracker odds change all of the time. Josh Allen became the favorite in Week One of the 2022 season after an impressive early display. Meanwhile, the likes of Justin Herbert and Russell Wilson also contended. However, it’s amazing how few people put Mahomes in this conversation.
Rich Eisen said that Mahomes should be a perennial favorite but people don’t respect him enough. He defended the Kansas City quarterback after a season of ludicrous offseason drama. None of it had any basis in reality but Eisen felt obliged to offer his opinion (via Heavy).
Sean Payton became one of the latest figures to compare Patrick Mahomes to Brett Favre. The former Packers QB also won a Super Bowl but he never got his hands on a second ring. Payton said: “He had that – not just gunslinger – but he could torque his body and he could create speed on the ball without the feet having to be set or perfectly set.”
Some people think that the Favre comparison isn’t entirely positive. That’s because Favre was a brilliant if occasionally reckless gunslinger. But over time he offered less ball protection and this put his team in trouble. As Mahomes shakes off his offseason drama he’ll look to stamp his identity on the team (via Sporting News).
Some people think that Andy Reid’s offensive brilliance is responsible for Mahomes’s success. It’s true in the sense that every elite quarterback benefits from a stable coaching presence. Look at Trevor Lawrence and the nightmare he dealt with in Jacksonville after the appointment of Urban Meyer.
However, it’s stupid to say that Reid is the only reason why Mahomes is brilliant. After all, Mahomes was a first-round draft pick and had an excellent record with Texas Tech. Then he came within a breath of playing in a Super Bowl in his first season as a starter (via Clutchpoints).
One of the most disturbing aspects of coaches criticizing Mahomes is that they’re always anonymous. This added to his offseason drama but it’s unfair because they hide their faces away. If they had the guts to stand behind their opinions it would be easier to respect them.
However, these villains stir up controversy while hiding behind the media. It’s ridiculous and we shouldn’t give them any credence because they don’t deserve it. Mahomes and his fellow athletes endure enough pressure without indulging these cowardly critics (via The Spun).
Tyreek Hill made some fiery comments after he left the Chiefs. Many people said that the franchise might struggle without him because none of Mahomes’ weapons stood out. Hill inflamed the situation with his words as he said that Mahomes would miss him a lot (via Essentially Sports).
He said: “I want the head coach to know that on Sundays, that defenses fear Tyreek Hill, that’s what I want the head coach to know. And the head coach does know that, though. “He knows that without the Cheetah on the field, he knows that, ‘Hey Pat you’re gonna have a long day today.”
Mahomes married his childhood sweetheart Brittney Matthews in a lavish Hawaiian ceremony. However, it remained relatively low-key compared to other celebrity nuptials because Mahomes isn’t a wild personality. Another athlete may receive praise for marrying because it would be a sign of a stable lifestyle.
But Mahomes can’t make everybody happy and some critics said that this meant he wasn’t focused on football. It’s so stupid and shouldn’t instigate offseason drama. Unfortunately, this is the type of thing that trolls do all of the time. As a celebrity figure, Mahomes knows he must get on with it (via US Magazine).
The unnamed coordinator received an unexpected defense from a Hall of Fame quarterback. Rams icon Kurt Warner said that critics may have taken the coach’s words out of context. He said that he didn’t mean to instigate offseason drama but was giving an insight into the defensive analysis (via New York Post).
“What I believe that coordinator was saying was we’ve got to figure out how do we stop Patrick Mahomes,” Warner explained. “So how we stop him is we try to take the first or the early reads away, and we try to force him to get away from the context and force him to try to make some of those special plays.”
Mahomes pointed out that black quarterbacks receive ‘weird criticism’ compared to their white counterparts. He believes that critics always talk about their athleticism rather than their mental capacity. His polarizing comments revealed the challenge that he and his fellow black QBs deal with (via Bleacher Report).
“We’ve got guys that can think just as well as they can use their athleticism,” he said. “It’s always weird when you see guys like me, Lamar, Kyler kind of get that on them when other guys don’t. But at the same time, we’re going out there to prove ourselves every day to show we can be some of the best quarterbacks in the league.”
The aforementioned unnamed coach made several comments to The Athletic about Mahomes’ ability. The public didn’t receive them well because they were ridiculous. However, their most scathing comment was the following. They said: “Take his first read away, what does he do? He runs, he scrambles, and he plays streetball.”
Mahomes is statistically one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever played an NFL game. To say that he plays ‘streetball’ is ridiculous because he won a Super Bowl in this style. He could easily have two more rings if things went his way. Sometimes offseason drama emerges from the dumbest statements.
One of the main reasons why offseason drama surrounded Mahomes is because of jealousy. Inwardly, people know that he’s a brilliant player and will break all kinds of records. But there’s no pleasing some of these small-minded folk who hold his success against him.
Mahomes secured financial freedom for future generations of his family. He also continues to achieve amazing things on the field as one of the NFL’s top players. Armchair fans watch him play and get upset because they’re not enjoying the same benefits (via Essentially Sports).