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Belichick Impressed by Kansas City’s Mahomes

October 9, 2018

The arm and poise of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, right, have impressed Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. AP PHOTO Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Kevin Duffy

Boston Herald

After two dismal trips to Detroit and Jacksonville, the Patriots defense appears to be finding its groove.

They’ve dominated the first half of the past two games, allowing a combined three points before the break to the Dolphins and Colts.

Up next: A team with a little more firepower than the Dolphins and Colts.

The undefeated Chiefs, who have hit 30 points in all but one game, roll into Foxboro for a Week 6 Sunday night showdown.

Kansas City hung 42 points on New England in the 2017 opener, and the team has only upgraded its offense since then. Second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes took the place of veteran Alex Smith, allowing Andy Reid to deploy a downfield, vertical passing attack.

″(Mahomes) gets the ball to all of his receivers quick, quick release, sees things quickly, can extend plays,” said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. ”(He’s) got a great arm, got a fabulous arm, can throw the ball out of the stadium. He makes good decisions, accurate, gets the ball out on time.”

Mahomes’ special traits were apparent this preseason, when he uncorked a ball 70 yards in the air to Tyreek Hill past the entire Falcons secondary.

“The further the quarterback can throw it then the more you’ve got to defend,” Belichick said. “If the ball is on their 20-yard line you’ve still got to defend to the goal line against him. He can rip it.”

Belichick didn’t do much work on Mahomes when he came out of Texas Tech for the 2017 NFL Draft. The Pats dealt their first-round pick to New Orleans for Brandin Cooks that year, so they figured they wouldn’t have a shot at landing Mahomes.

“When you’re picking 61st, I mean, there’s a lot of guys you can eliminate,” Belichick said. “I wouldn’t say we spent an inordinate amount of time on players that at 61 we had no chance of getting.”

The 23-year-old Mahomes has thrown 14 touchdowns and two interceptions while guiding the Chiefs to a 5-0 start.

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