This is part three of a three-part weekly film analysis on the performance of Patrick Mahomes.Part one here Womens Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys
, part two here.There is noticeable improvement and reason to be optimistic every time we see Patrick Mahomes take the field. He’s both wowed us and given us hope for his ascension to the franchise quarterback this city has desperately craved. Sometimes, I forget how difficult a transition he is making from his time at Texas Tech to now. He was very raw, very green coming out and it still shows. From last week’s game, we have talking points about the same facet of the game, but on opposite ends of the spectrum. There are areas of improvement and areas that require improvement in Mahomes’ work from the pocket.Something improvedWe need to see this happen more often (more on that in a minute), but Mahomes is becoming more space efficient when he hangs in the pocket.Mahomes is gradually learning to work within tighter spaces. Where we’ve seen him literally run to space in college to work in a uniquely large and wide pocket and still fight that urge in the NFL, the clip above was a very encouraging sign. The potential for Mahomes to be lethal from the pocket is tremendous. He doesn’t need a ton of space to set up because of his arm talent and fearlessness to pull the trigger, so he has the potential to create big plays opportunities other quarterbacks can’t. Tom Brady is phenomenally efficient with his movement in the pocket. Everything is subtle, quick and he finds the best space he has to work with great consistency. In college, Mahomes’ pocket was large, wide and oddly structured, and it led to bad habits. It’s not remotely as big in the NFL, and the players coming to get him are bigger, faster and stronger. Efficiency of space is everything. The old saying, “aim small, miss small,” works here. He’s never needed to aim small. He could literally run up in his pockets in college. He can’t get with the extra half-step here or there now.His movements are starting to tighten up. He’s starting to aim small when he’s working within the pocket to find the best space. It’s just a matter of him getting enough live reps to understand when to leave, when to hang in the pocket, when step up, when to back out. Speaking of which...Something that needs improvementIf only we can get him to stay in the pocket long enough to continue to develop his management of tight spaces. The decision making from play to play has been inconsistent. He hasn’t consistently made the right choice about when to hang in and give the design of the play a chance, when to ad lib or when to run for yards. It’s wildly inconsistent. In the clip above Authentic Patrick Mahomes Jersey
, he leaves a clean pocket too quickly, hangs in too long with an open receiver in front of his face and finally elects to run for a touchdown from a clean pocket.There doesn’t appear to be a consistent logic to it yet. Brady, for instance, on that last clip, would stay in the pocket to see if he can find someone on the back line of the end zone for as long as he can, only using his legs as a last resort. Mahomes saw the routes covered and decided to make a break for it immediately, even though he could’ve given his playmakers time to separate. He’s too early and too late in different instances. These clips appear to be the times that Mahomes is thinking the most on the field.All those clips were from the third quarter. He may have been feeling the pressure he’d faced all day. It could’ve been affecting him. That’ll be something to look for moving forward. There’s both good and bad happening in his navigation of the pocket. It’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together. It’ll take time, but there’s promise amidst the issues he’s dealing with. He can be exceptional from the pocket someday, but he’s got to smooth out the rough edges of his game in that regard.The Dixon Five: Chiefs beat Broncos 27-23 The Kansas City Chiefs stormed back to defeat the Denver Broncos, 27-23, on Monday Night Football. Here are five hot takes from the game: 1. Turns out Patrick Mahomes is human after all.And superhuman.Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesIt’s funny how this works sometimes.Monday night’s victory proved that Patrick Mahomes is indeed human.He’s not going to throw multiple touchdown passes in every game.He’s not going to be completely unfazed by crowd noise.There will be some days that dark clouds will push the sunshine and rainbows from the sky.But the game also proved that Mahomes is a winner.He showed he can battle adversity.He showed he can remain calm when things are going badly; there’s almost literally no other way to explain back-to-back pass completions totaling 58 yards starting from second down and 30 yards to go with 2:53 left in the game!Even under pressure, he found ways to make things happen when it counted most — even it meant throwing a pass with his left hand while in Von Miller’s grasp.The box score won’t show it, but Patrick Mahomes passed a big test on Monday night.Other tests are coming.Some of them will be much harder, and he won’t ace every one of them.But you really have to love the GPA right now.2. Cleanup in Aisle 4!Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesBefore the game, I pointed out that the Chiefs desperately needed to clean up the defensive penalties.There have been way too many, and an unacceptable number of them were leading to opposition points.I said that if the defense could clean up the mess in Aisle 3, the rest of the store would look a lot cleaner.Well... the mess in Aisle 3 is gone — at least for this week.And the store did look cleaner.The Chiefs committed 10 penalties in the game, and only a handful was committed by the defense.Foremost among these was the pass interference call against Orlando Scandrick in the third quarter that gave the Broncos a first down at the five.That one doesn’t bother me so much, though. It’s like the aging pitcher who no longer has the arm strength to overpower hitters.He can’t knock ‘em down with fastballs, so he learns how to throw knuckleballs or find other ways to get an advantage.Scandrick was doing the same thing — realizing that he might not get away with it, but if he didn’t do something http://www.kansascitychiefsteamonline.com/patrick-mahomes-ii-jersey
, the pass was going to go for six.He was thinking that it would be better to chance the flag, and hope that if it was thrown, the defense could at least prevent a touchdown.This time, the gamble didn’t pay off.Still... there are other messes to clean up.Over in Aisle 4, there’s a lot of really bad tackling.Bob Sutton needs to get over there with a mop and a bucket right away,3. Eric Murray comes throughIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsI know... I know. A lot of folks think Eric Murray is a big part of the problem with the Chiefs defense. Certainly, we don’t like seeing plays like this one happening. But it’s a lot easier to take when Murray has six tackles in a game and is credited with a defensed pass, too.And... you know... when he also makes a spectacular interception with his back to the ball.Whatever else is true of Murray, he showed moxie on that play, and he got his first career interception by sheer force of will.We could use more of that on the Chiefs defense, please.4. Rushing to judgmentMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsOffensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy keeps telling us that Kareem Hunt has been playing very well and that the rushing yardage would eventually come his way.On Monday night, Hunt rushed for 121 yards, and added another 54 yards on three receptions.That’s 6.4 yards per attempt on the ground, and eight yards every time he touched the ball.Furthermore, he ran with power and attitude that isn’t shown in the box score.That’ll work. 5. Andy Reid has the AFC West cheat codesPhoto by Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesDivision games are hard. They’re hard to win, and they’re hard to predict.Anything can happen — as we learned (again!) on Monday night.On paper, a team can look like a pushover — but against a division opponent, they can suddenly play like a champion.So it’s probably fitting that the easiest road to the playoffs is to dominate your division — and Andy Reid has that down cold.With Monday night’s win, Reid has just one loss in the last 19 division games — and that one was a one-point loss to Oakland on the road.That’ll work, too.