The Kansas City Chiefs’ future HOF QB Patrick Mahomes during his press conference discusses the unfair criticism that’s often distributed amongst himself and his peers. Mahomes found the clause placed in Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s contract disrespectful. He spoke about him reading the clause and then later emphasized how other Black QBs in the NFL are unfairly criticized. While doing so, he did declare he wouldn’t go as far to say Black QBs are evaluated differently, reported Adam Teicher for ESPN. To be specific, Mahomes referred to the criticism as a specific type of criticism that only Black quarterbacks in the NFL seem to suffer from.
“Obviously, the Black quarterback has had to battle to be in this position that we are to have this many guys in the league playing,” Mahomes said Friday after the Kansas City Chiefs concluded a training camp practice. “Every day, we’re proving that we should have been playing the whole time. We’ve got guys that can think just as well as they can use their athleticism. It’s always weird when you see guys like me, Lamar [Jackson], and 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.”
Patrick Mahomes Still Has A Lot to Prove
Mahomes still believes he has so much to prove to the world and the NFL. Many people believe he’s peaked and can’t get much better than he is. However, he’s more fueled than ever it appears. Last season was a disappointing year for Mahomes personally. Compared to his other seasons in the NFL, his numbers dropped significantly. Not to mention, he turned the ball over far more than he’s done in the past.
“You always feel like you have more to prove,” he said. “I promise Tom Brady is feeling like he has more to prove. That comes with any sport, any competitor. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. They build you up to tear you down. You’ve got to kind of know that. For me, it’s all about how I can make myself better, not what other people say.”
In the latest story from The Athletic, an unnamed NFL defensive coordinator commented on Mahomes’ game and spoke very ill. He mentioned Mahomes falls apart and plays backyard football when things get tough. In the same story, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was also criticized. One may recognize the pattern here and understand why Mahomes made the comments he did.