Andy Reid: Pat Mahomes will start finale for Chiefs

Kristopher Nichols
December 28, 2017

Having already clinched the AFC West division title, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start the final game of the regular season against the Denver Broncos.

"It gives us flexibility, yes", Reid said. That means we'll get to see Patrick Mahomes. When speaking to reporters, Reid said he has no expectations for Mahomes and just wants him to get some reps leading the offense. He hasn't played a single National Football League snap since going to Kansas City, but has excellent teachers around him in Smith and Reid. Despite the fact that Alex Smith has led Kansas City to the playoffs for three straight seasons, they are planning to trade him in the offseason in order to let Mahomes, who the traded up to select with the No. 10 pick, take over the offseason.

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Despite a lack of playing time this season, Mahomes says that he's become a better player while serving in a backup role. "Whatever it takes to get a win is the biggest thing". But it was a move Reid was willing to make with an eye on the future, when the 33-year-old Smith will either be too expensive - his contract is astronomical next season - or too old to effectively play the position. But fans continued to grumble about his conservative style, particularly during a four-game losing stretch that included poor passing performances against the Giants and Bills. "But, I've said this all along, he's a pretty natural player".

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