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Old 11-14-2018, 11:25 AM   #1
 
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THE RADICAL CONFIDENCE OF PATRICK MAHOMES

I went to the bottom of the internet trying to understand what it's like to have an arm like Patrick Mahomes'. I found a throw so rare that it technically doesn't exist, erased on account of a holding penalty. November 2014. Mahomes is a 19-year-old true freshman at Texas Tech, facing Oklahoma, in only his second start. It's third-and-10 at the Sooners' 39-yard line. He's been coached to look at a pair of receivers in sequence and, if they're both covered, make a play. One, two, go. He takes the snap and is under immediate pressure -- "one, go" -- and he scampers left, not fast but elusive, away from the rush but into a trap. He's within a yard of the sideline and all four Sooners defensive linemen are closing fast ... until, with his weight moving left and a rusher's helmet at his chin, Mahomes snaps his arm -- in that instant, it's his only body part in motion, as if isolated for maximum effect -- and the ball assumes a trajectory that seems impossible without more of a windup, the physical expression of a metaphysical quality, a radical confidence known only by a blessed few. The ball hisses; it spirals fast and tight; it seems to alter the physics and change the possibilities of a football field -- hovering low as it sails across and deep -- until it sticks to a receiver's chest in the end zone as Mahomes hits the ground. I watched that throw 20 times. I saw improvisatory football genius and sheer stones. I saw a man making calculations and assessing risks I couldn't compute. I watched the throw until I was certain of what I was looking at.



And then I sat down with him and raved about passes like it. And he took the compliments with a dull stare, as if none of what I attributed to it ever occurred to him. It was just a throw. A throw he always makes -- and has made since he first held a ball.

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SP recognized his talent and we understand now why he wanted to draft this kid. One can't help but wonder how long he can keep this arm strength up. Brett Favre kept his a while. But his throws did not appear to be as good as Mahomes. In Drew Brees we have seen his arm strength diminish as he's aged, but his accuracy increase. In both cases, the new rules in protecting the QB works to both Brees' and Mahomes' advantages, IMHO.
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Mahomes is definitely the next generation of QB for the NFL.
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Pat is definitely talented.
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Originally Posted by SmashMouth View Post
SP recognized his talent and we understand now why he wanted to draft this kid. One can't help but wonder how long he can keep this arm strength up. Brett Favre kept his a while. But his throws did not appear to be as good as Mahomes. In Drew Brees we have seen his arm strength diminish as he's aged, but his accuracy increase. In both cases, the new rules in protecting the QB works to both Brees' and Mahomes' advantages, IMHO.
Favre in his 40s still had a top 10 NFL arm.
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