PFFS GRADING SYSTEM WAS MENTIONED IN A POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE, SO IF YOU’RE CONSIDERING WHETHER OR NOT PATRICK MAHOMES IS PETTY, JUST KNOW IT. Most Kansas City Chiefs supporters are likely well aware of a crucial fact about their team’s top quarterback Patrick Mahomes : he can be petty. Even though that doesn’t make for the most appealing character attribute off the field, it’s still astounding that a quarterback with his level of talent and obsession with greatness can find fuel for his game in the mentions of others or perceived slights from the media.
At his post-game press conference after helping the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football on a short week, Mahomes put on his latest frivolous show. The Week 2 game was crucial for taking the lead in the AFC West, a difficult division, and it also featured one of the most well-known quarterback duels of the year. Mahomes had much to focus on and a hundred talking points for the media, but that didn’t stop him from bringing up Pro Football Focus near the end of his time with reporters.
There’s a reason Mahomes brought up PFF; last week, when they ranked Mahomes as the eighth-best quarterback from Week 1 despite his fantastic performance in a victory against the Arizona Cardinals, their rating methodology was a hot topic on social media. Mahomes’ 360 passing yards and 5 touchdowns while playing on the road in the desert were good enough for him to win the first AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season. Unfortunately, PFF gave him a grade that was only above Davis Mills of the Houston Texans and below players like Jameis Winston.
If you missed it, Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel, Jr. caught an Mahomes was asked about the potential interception that was tossed during the game and was overturned after falling on top of it. The Chiefs scored on that drive after the officials ruled the pass incomplete. I was lucky enough that it bounced around and struck the ground and I got another crack at it, Mahomes grinned as he stated after going over the coverage of the play. For that, I’m sure PFF will give me a poor grade, but I’ll keep going.
PFF analysts received a lot of criticism online from Chiefs supporters and others who legitimately questioned their approach, but when Mahomes specifically addresses it, it elevates the situation to a whole other level.