Is it the experienced quarterback’s job to mentor the new recruit? This question has been looming large over the NFL world for the past few days. As soon as Ryan Titans QB Tannehill claimed that it isn’t his job to mentor young QB Malik Willis, polarizing reactions started pouring in on Twitter.
Many hailed Ryan for being truthful, while many opined that he is afraid of losing his job to the young quarterback. Recently, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid appeared on Herd with Colin Cowherd and reflected upon the time when young Patrick Mahomes received guidance from an experienced Alex Smith.
“Alex led Patrick and Patrick handled it perfectly”: Andy Reid on Alex Smith-Patrick Mahomes relationship
Andy first hailed the boys who are a part of the Chiefs unit and stated that “it is one of the last true teams the Chiefs have going.”
We all know that Patrick Mahomes has now become a force to reckon with in the world of the NFL, however, as is the case with every player, there was a time when Mahomes was a raw talent who needed mentorship and grooming.
At that point, Alex Smith was the main man in the QB department for the Chiefs. Talking about how Smith and Mahomes gelled up, Reid said, “I told Alex man go on and have the greatest year you ever had and you don’t have to teach anything to Mahomes, you are not here to do that.”
“You are out there to win games and do the best you possibly can for your team, so that’s the way we approached with him. Now Alex by nature was the greatest thing that ever happened to Mahomes. Alex did lead Patrick into his world without being forced or anything,” Andy added.
Reid then went on to claim that the two understood each other’s role perfectly and he didn’t have to intervene at any point. “Alex led Patrick and Patrick handled it the right way, he didn’t step in the way of what Alex needed to produce and had respect for him. It worked out perfectly, I didn’t even have to say a whole lot,” Andy stated.