Patrick Mahomes drew attention to the “weird” criticism he and other black quarterbacks in the NFL have received recently.
Although he didn’t want to say that black quarterbacks are being judged differently from their white counterparts, Mahomes finds the comments he, Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray have received strange this week.
“Obviously the black quarterback had to fight to get into a position where we should have so many guys in the league,” Mahomes, KSHB’s Aaron Ladd, said Friday. “I think every day we prove that we should have played all the time. We have guys who can think as well as use their athleticism.
“It’s always weird to see guys like me, Lamar. [Jackson]Kyler [Murray] kind of get it on them when the other guys don’t. But at the same time, we’re going to prove every day that we can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.”
Both Mahomes and Jackson were criticized by anonymous NFL coaches. story from The Athletic this week. One seasoned quarterback believed that Mahomes was “playing streetball” when he wrestled.
Chiefs coach Andy Reed thought it was funny.
“A lot of coaches have to teach guys how to turn around and call pranks to do it. He just does it,” Reed said Friday. “No, he’s amazing… Look how many times he hit second receiver.”
In the same article, one defensive coordinator said he didn’t think Jackson, the league’s former MVP, would ever become a true top quarterback. Kyler Murray just had a weird stipulation that he also has to watch a certain amount of live action every week. Murray called the clause “disrespectful and almost a joke” just hours before the Cardinals dropped it.
Though Mahomes’ record should speak for itself at this point – the 26-year-old led the Chiefs to a pair of Super Bowls, one championship where he was named the MVP of the game and led the Chiefs to an AFC Championship game in his four games. season leading the team, he said he still felt he had something to prove.
“You always feel like you have something to prove,” Mahomes said. via ESPN. “I promise Tom Brady feels he has something to prove. It comes with any sport, with any opponent. If you don’t get better, you get worse. kind of know it.
“For me, it’s all about how I can get better, not what other people say. How can I make myself better so that we can go there and play football? At the end of the day, nothing matters as long as you don’t play on a football field where you prove who you are every single day.”