“He would call some plays and I would be like, ‘I mean I’ll try it, but I don’t know how that’s going to work.’ … But it seems like every single time I had that thought, it was a wide-open touchdown.” – Mahomes on Andy Reid
“Ferrari Right kind of started as a joke…All of a sudden, I was like, ‘Man, I think this can really affect a defense. Let me see if this is legal.’” – Mahomes on designing ‘Ferrari Right’ play, in which he caught the snap while in motion for a touchdown in Week 9
Interview to Air on Football Night in America Beginning Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC
WATCH: Entire Eight-Minute Mahomes-McHugh Conversation on NBCSports.com
Kansas City Chiefs Visit Las Vegas Raiders Sunday on NBC’s Sunday Night Football
STAMFORD, Conn. – Nov. 20, 2020 – Kansas City Chiefs QB and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes speaks with NBC Sports host Liam McHugh on Sunday’s edition of Football Night in America, which begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBC leading into Chiefs-Raiders on Sunday Night Football at 8:20 p.m. ET.
In the interview, Mahomes discusses playing in head coach Andy Reid’s innovative offense, designing plays of his own, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy’s potential as a future NFL head coach, and more.
The entire eight-minute conversation is available now on NBCSports.com.
Mike Tirico will host Football Night in America on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET alongside Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl champion Rodney Harrison, former NFL quarterback Chris Simms, and NFL Insider Mike Florio. McHugh will co-host FNIA on-site from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.
Below are excerpts from McHugh’s interview with Mahomes. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing on Football Night in America.”
WATCH: Full eight-minute Mahomes-McHugh conversation on NBCSports.com.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM MCHUGH’S INTERVIEW WITH MAHOMES
Mahomes on playing in Andy Reid’s offense: “My first and second year here, he would call some plays and I would be like, ‘I mean I’ll try it, but I don’t know how that’s going to work with the defense and how they’re playing.’ But it seems like every single time I had that thought, it was a wide-open touchdown. So nowadays, whatever he draws up, I’m just ready to go and ready to go out there and execute it.”
Mahomes on designing plays of his own: “There’s always been plays here and there that Coach Reid does a good job of letting me kind of help create and help design in a certain sense. He has his white board, he just draws up plays all day and so every once in a while I’ll go in there and say, ‘Can we do this?’ And he usually gives me the green light.”
Mahomes on designing and executing ‘Ferrari Right,’ in which he caught the snap while in motion for a touchdown in Week 9: “Ferrari Right kind of started as a joke. It started as I was taking snaps pre-practice and I would start running in jet motion and catching it. And all of a sudden, I was like, ‘Man, I think this can really affect a defense. Let me see if this is legal.’ So, I took it to some coaches and then took it to Coach Reid and we helped design it and make something happen out of it, and it worked out and I was able to score a touchdown on it.”
Mahomes on Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy: “I would say that he has everything it takes to be a head coach, and I think that’s a big thing being a head coach in the NFL. Being able to lead men, being able to hold people accountable but at the same time holding himself accountable even more than that…He’s obviously a great offensive mind but he’s even a better a leader of men. I think that says a lot.”
Mahomes on what he learned from the Chiefs’ Week 5 loss to the Raiders: “I think the biggest thing we learned going into the following weeks is that we’ve got to be patient within our offense. Obviously, we want to have the big play and we want to have the big play every play, but you have to be able to drive the ball down the field play by play. It really, I think, kind of woke us up and showed us that we can win games different ways. And if you’ve seen how we’ve played since that game, we found ways to do just that.”
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