Kansas City Chiefs first-round pick Patrick Mahomes got out of a sticky situation unscathed.
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The Chiefs quarterback and three others were robbed Friday night in Tyler, Texas, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to NFL Media.
Sgt. Darrell Coslin with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office said Mahomes and three friends returned home after attending a baseball game. Upon pulling into the driveway, another car blocked them in. A robber got out of his vehicle and approached Mahomes and the others, acting as if he had a gun in his cheap jerseys and waistband. The robber demanded the victims’ goods, who complied.
Per police, the robbery was random and Mahomes, who is from Tyler, was not targeted.
After getting a description of the vehicle, police found the car in the area a short time later. The stolen property was found in the car. No gun was seen during the robbery and no gun was recovered, police said.
Police arrested Michael Pinkerton and Billy Ray Johnson. Pinkerton confessed to the robbery during an interview with deputies, according to police. He is charged with felony aggravated robbery and being held on bond. According to police, it’s unclear if Johnson was in the car when the robbery took place. He is charged with felony tampering with evidence (he was found with some items) and possession of narcotics.
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General manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid moved up 17 spots to select Mahomes 10th overall because they saw a rare talent with a skill set that reminded them of Brett Favre. They also gave up two picks (a first-rounder next April and a third-rounder last Friday) because they believe in the environment they are plopping him into for the next couple of years. Dorsey and Reid understand that talent isn’t the only thing that makes quarterbacks succeed in the NFL. The right fit has plenty to do with that happening, as well.
This is why we’ve heard so much about Dorsey being a part of the Green Bay front office when the Packers selected Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 draft, despite having Favre still in his prime. It’s why Reid’s well-documented history of developing quarterbacks is so noteworthy, as is the way current starter Alex Smith goes about his business. Yes, Mahomes has the type of cannon that is best described as a gift from the heavens. More importantly, he has three men around him who understand that arm strength won’t be the biggest reason why he becomes an effective signal-caller at the next level.
In fact, when a reporter asked Reid — who also served as Favre’s position coach with the Packers in 1997 and ’98 — for a reasonable timetable for Mahomes to become a starter, the coach said, “I don’t know. We’ll get in and see how it goes. The one nice thing is, we have a good quarterback here. You look at what Dorsey went through with Aaron Rodgers. It took time. (Rodgers spent three seasons sitting behind Favre.) We’re OK. I’m just glad we got him. It’s kind of a neat deal. It’s a positive thing. It gives an opportunity for Kansas City to have that position in pretty good hands for a long period of time.”
It’s critical for Reid to soften expectations as to when Mahomes will play, because he knows the outcry will come quickly. The first time Smith endures a bad game — or even throws one too many check-downs — the fans in that town will be clamoring for the rookie who was videotaped throwing a football 80 yards in the air. The future can’t come soon enough for those who support the Chiefs. The reality is that Mahomes will require delicate care and ample time to become the player the Chiefs envision.
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For all of Mahomes’ upside, there are plenty of analysts who have criticized his noticeable flaws: the penchant for taking too many chances with the football, the raw footwork, the lack of time under center and the fact that he didn’t have to call plays in the huddle for a college team that won just 13 of the 29 games he started. It’s no secret that quarterbacks who come from spread offenses in college have to learn plenty about playing quarterback in the NFL. It’s also well-known that signal-callers who thrive in the “air raid” system that spawned Mahomes have an even tougher mountain to climb.
“Listen, Alex Smith, his four years here, has the fourth-winningest record in the National Football League since he’s been here. That guy understands — this is his team. And the young guy understands — he’s going to learn and develop these certain traits that it takes to be a quarterback in this league.”
We’re now firmly in tightrope-walking season. If the Chiefs were so amazed by Smith’s sports jerseys for cheap record, why would they be looking to move on in the first place? Is Smith actually thrilled, or is he simply smarter now having gone through this in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick? Also, does Patrick Mahomes really plan on sitting for two seasons?
Kansas City is one of the few markets that might be able to handle a baton-passing scenario, though none of them seem to go according to plan. Chiefs fans are well aware of the team’s veteran-laden roster and possess some high expectations for 2017. Would they hesitate for a moment to boo Smith if he wasn’t maximizing the talent around him?
At least for now, the Chiefs are doing the right thing by trying to keep everyone happy. A true test of their plan will be how long this honeymoon period lasts.