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What Makes Patrick Mahomes So Great? Volume 3- His Playmakers

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Patrick Mahomes has got the arm and the intelligence that helped him get a Super Bowl ring last year. Another major factor in making Mahomes so great is his playmakers.

On paper last year, the offensive starters for Kansas City didn’t jump out as a Top 5 squad. Sure, there was Tyreek Hill, one of the most dangerous downfield threats. Sammy Watkins was still trying to break out on the roster. Mecole Hardman was a fresh rookie and Demarcus Robinson was just a depth piece. Damien Williams wasn’t a true number one RB and LeSean McCoy was banged up and is nearing retirement. Travis Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the league but only he could do some much.

[Read also, “What Makes Patrick Mahomes So Great? Volume 1- His Mind” and “What Makes Patrick Mahomes So Great volume 2- His Arm”]

Would you have bet on this team before the season to win the Super Bowl? Likely not unless you were a diehard fan of the Chiefs.

Take a look at that roster today and we all see it from a new perspective:

Tyreek Hill

He’s still the best pure receiver on the team. He was second in receiving yards on the team, behind Travis Kelce and led the team in receiving TDs. Hill’s one of the faster players in the league, but that doesn’t mean much these days since the entire offense has similar speed. His deep-ball threat pairs nicely with Mahomes’ arm.

Travis Kelce

Kelce has established himself as one of the best TEs in the NFL, with George Kittle on the same pedestal. He cracked 1,200 receiving yards in 2019 and had just shy of 100 receptions, leading the Chiefs in both categories. Kelce is likely Mahomes’ best playmaker.

Sammy Watkins

Watkins entered the year ready to prove himself as being a solid all-around receiver. While he wasn’t quite an endzone threat as he was in past seasons, but proved to be consistent and worthy of drawing the coverage off of other receivers.

Demarcus Robinson

In his fourth season with the Chiefs, Robinson had career-highs in every receiving category. He also possesses 4.5 speed and serves as a fantastic rotational player. Robinson won’t be a superstar but he can still be a major contributor and make plays when it counts.

Mecole Hardman

Kansas City has a promising receiver in their rookie. Hardman averaged the most yards per reception last year with a whopping 20.7. He scored six times with just 26 receptions. With 4.33 speed, Hardman could become yet another deep threat for Mahomes. This makes three starting receivers with sub-4.6 speed. No other team in the league has this many playmakers on the outside.

Damien Williams

The six-year vet led a committee of rag tags in the backfield. He played fairly well and will help more with the rushing attack to help relieve Mahomes and the passing game.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

While Willams will have a bigger role as a runner, CEH will become a McCaffrey-type player. Their rookie can run but is also quite dangerous as a receiver and can get huge YAC.

Offensive Line

The offensive line wasn’t stellar as a whole but they were one of the best in pass protection. Their pressure rate was the second-best in the league and they allowed Mahomes to made the stellar plays he did. Mahomes ended up getting sacked a mere 23 times.

Defense

The defense was seemingly average and middle of the pack in 2019. Still, that is an improvement from 2018 and that still counts as a win.

Coaching Staff

Andy Reid is labeled as one of the best offensive minds in the league. Paired with Eric Bieniemy, they have a playbook that makes their offense look unstoppable. Steve Spagnuolo improved the defense greatly and it was a major part of their run in the second half of the season. Say what you want about Matt Kafka, but his football mind is priceless to Mahomes’ success.

You don’t have to jump on the bandwagon or anything of that sort. Mahomes has his own set of flaws and everything but you can’t deny the fact that he is becoming a generational talent. His arm is one of the best in today’s game. He’s one of the best playmakers and is quick on his feet, both intellectually and literally. Mahomes is good and his supporting cast around him makes him even more dangerous. When your coaches, teammates, and scheme all sync around the QB, magic happens.