KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes’ use of the no-look pass began innocently sufficient. He was playing around with it in faculty at Texas Tech and ultimately labored his approach up to a contest with one of the backup quarterbacks.
Mahomes discovered he was good at wanting a technique and getting the ball to a receiver in one other course. Out of the blue the no-look pass grew to become one thing extra than simply one thing to goof round with.
“I noticed it was truly a software I can use in video games,” he mentioned.
Mahomes used the no-look pass on Sunday for the Kansas City Chiefs. He regarded to the center of the sector however threw to his left to huge receiver Demarcus Robinson for 17 yards late within the second quarter in opposition to the Baltimore Ravens.
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The pass turned out to be a key play. The Chiefs drove for a discipline objective and these factors helped get Kansas City to extra time in a sport they ultimately won 27-24.
Mahomes wasn’t exhibiting off on the play. The no-look element was mandatory. It bought Baltimore security Chuck Clark to pause simply lengthy sufficient for Robinson to come open.
“I used to be wanting and I noticed [Robinson] about to come open, and I wanted to transfer the protection over to the fitting,” Mahomes mentioned. “I simply type of trusted [Robinson] was going to be there, and I put it on the market and he made an awesome play on it.”
Mahomes threw his first no-look pass in a sport final yr for the Chiefs in opposition to the Denver Broncos. He threw at the least one earlier this season.
None have wound up within the palms of a defender.
“I have not thrown an interception but,” Mahomes mentioned. “Hopefully I won’t. I attempted to throw one earlier within the season, and I believe one of the receivers — it might need been Tyreek [Hill] — stopped working as a result of he was pondering I used to be going throw it again to the fitting. You simply have to have that chemistry and know that he is going to hold working his route the identical approach.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid has seen quite a bit of passes throughout his lengthy profession, however even he marveled at Mahomes’ accuracy on the no-look pass.
“It is one factor to do it in observe, and then you definitely begin throwing it in a sport, and a sport in opposition to the No. 1 protection within the Nationwide Soccer League, that is somewhat completely different.”
Andy Reid on Patrick Mahomes
“He is comfy doing it,” Reid mentioned. “That is the NFL, and he is doing it. It is one factor to do it in observe, and then you definitely begin throwing it in a sport, and a sport in opposition to the No. 1 protection within the Nationwide Soccer League, that is somewhat completely different. You may have to have great confidence in what you are doing there.
“He is bought a knack for that. He did a pleasant job with it. He truly froze [Clark] while you actually have a look at it, and what impact it had on the protection. There was a man proper beneath the route. I might have preferred to interview that man proper at that time. That is a tricky bind. How do you go clarify that to your coach when he is wanting over right here however he threw it over right here? They are going to assume you are loopy, proper? However it labored.”
The no-look pass, like some of the opposite unconventional throws Mahomes often makes, is usually a harmful maneuver. Reid mentioned he is not going to cease Mahomes from doing it as a result of the Chiefs would lose quite a bit of large performs if he did
“He is in a position to decipher the protection and type of know the place his guys are,” Reid mentioned. “You’ve got bought to put within the pace of the participant and all these issues. He is in a position to get that every one spit and calculated out in his mind. He is bought a knack for it.
“You heard this about Ted Williams, the baseball participant, that he may learn the stitches on the baseball. Sure guys have imaginative and prescient. They’ll see. [Mahomes] does have actual good imaginative and prescient. … I have not seen quite a bit of guys try this. I used to be round [Brett] Favre, who did some wonderful issues that approach and Donovan [McNabb] and these guys. However not fairly like that.”