Tyreek Hill’s cut up from the Chiefs was in regards to the cash, and in the event you listened to Hill’s latest podcast, it was additionally about his position in Kansas Metropolis.
This information caught his most vital former teammate, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, off guard.
“I am shocked somewhat simply because I really feel like we love Tyreek right here, we have at all times beloved him,” Mahomes defined Thursday. “We nonetheless love him. I noticed him out at Method 1 in Miami and the whole lot like that, however I am positive it type of needed to do with attempting to get his podcast some stuff and get it rolling, however undoubtedly, I nonetheless love Tyreek.
“He is a one-of-a-kind participant, however as you already know in coach (Andy) Reid’s offense, it takes the entire staff. I imply, the offense was rolling earlier than I received right here. His offense was rolling after I was a younger Cowboys fan watching the Eagles beat up on the Cowboys, so it is an offense that is a couple of participant and that features myself.”
Mahomes included some appreciated humility in his response, however he is not unsuitable — he is simply not giving himself fairly sufficient credit score for being an uber-talented quarterback able to elevating Reid’s offense to new heights. An vital a part of that elevation was Hill, although, and with the speedy receiver now gone for Miami, it is honest to wonder if the Chiefs can replicate their explosiveness in 2022.
Hill alluded to that on his “It Wanted To Be Stated” podcast. However Hill misplaced a lot of his listeners when he went a step additional, claiming Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is a extra correct passer than Mahomes.
The 2 personal almost an identical completion percentages for his or her careers, however Subsequent Gen Stats’ chief metric for evaluating passers — Passing Rating — exhibits simply how broad the hole is between the 2 quarterbacks. Mahomes posted a rating of 95 in 2020 and 89 in 2021, whereas Tagovailoa completed with an 82 in 2021 and a 78 in 2020.
For reference, a passing rating between 80 and 90 signifies a quarterback a staff can win with or win despite, whereas one other over 90 can roughly be thought-about elite. A rating of 80 is basically a quarterback’s Mendoza Line, and people falling under it are usually younger gamers acclimating to the league (like Tagovailoa was in 2020) or a replacement-level expertise groups will look to improve from within the offseason.
We did not want these metrics to clarify the plain: Nobody of their proper thoughts is critically evaluating Mahomes and Tagovailoa, making Hill’s declare slightly outlandish. Mahomes did not chunk, and as he properly stated above, it is doubtless Hill made such a declare to get some traction for his new podcast — and enhance his new quarterback’s confidence.
“I have not talked to him because the podcast got here out, however I talked to him at Method 1 in Miami in Might and the whole lot appeared nice,” Mahomes stated. “It is one thing the place I am positive he is attempting to point out that he loves the place he is at in Miami. He loves his teammates. However on the finish of the day, it is simply going on the market and taking part in soccer. You type of let different folks discuss who’s the very best and all that completely different kind of stuff. You simply go on the market and win soccer video games on the finish of the day.”
Hill performed a major position in Kansas Metropolis’s blossoming into an elite offense, and he will not be straightforward to exchange. The Chiefs will try to take action with a group of recent receivers that features JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and rookie Skyy Moore.
Regardless of Hill’s feedback, the Chiefs nonetheless admire Hill and what he did for the franchise. They’re additionally not losing a lot time stewing over his feedback.
“I really like Tyreek,” Reid stated. “He is a superb child. We expect the world of him.”