Patrick Mahomes is gearing up to play the Patriots for the first time without Tom Brady.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was born in 1995, so he’s only been on planet Earth for six years in which Tom Brady wasn’t the New England Patriots starting signal caller. On top of that, Mahomes went head-to-head with Brady three times in his first two seasons as a starter.
Mahomes will face the Patriots again on Sunday for the third straight year, but it’ll be vs Cam Newton now that Brady is in Tampa Bay. Ever since Mahomes could start watching football and actually comprehend what’s going on, he’s known Brady to be synonymous with the Patriots.
… Or has he?
Here’s what Mahomes told KCSP 610 Sports Radio about facing the Pats without TB12:
"“It’s going to be a little different in that sense, but not for me. It’s still going to be that same defense that’s always ranked as one of the top-five defenses in the league, and we understand that’s going to be a great challenge for us. That quarterback over there is a superstar too, so I mean we’re prepared for a great dogfight.”"
Apparently it’s New England’s defense that defines who they are, according to the 2018 MVP and Super Bowl LIV MVP. He’s not wrong, either. Though Brady’s two decades with the Patriots were wildly successful from an offensive standpoint, football fans everywhere can agree that Bill Belichick’s scheming and defensive strategy has reigned supreme. Brady was a paramount figure in the dynasty, but the defense won him many a game.
As for the next NFL dynasty? If KC has anything to say about it, they could be the new one in town … and they don’t really need defense to help out their cause.
"“Yeah, it’s going to take everybody in the organization from the top down to do something like that,” Mahomes said when asked if the Chiefs could be the NFL’s next version of the Patriots. “You look at [the Patriots] with how they run their organization, how they’re coached, how they play — they give 120% every single rep, every single practice. And that’s what we have to try and do and strive for. That’s why it doesn’t happen a lot in the NFL, because you can’t have that culture every single year it seems like. But I think coach Reid has built a great culture here.”"
Not much praise for Brady, and a pretty nonchalant response in terms of becoming the next great NFL franchise. Can someone ask Brady about this down in Tampa, please?