Mahomes “Embarrassed” After Deplorable loss to lions in Week 1
Following Thursday night’s loss to the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes weighed in on what the Chiefs can do better going forward. In the press conference with CBS Sports, Mahomes said he feels “Embarrassed” about the performance he and his team put on the field.
Obviously, the absence of star tight end Travis Kelce played a pivotal role in the outcome of this game, with receivers dropping wide-open passes, and Mahomes missing his targets throughout the night. The Lions were able to capitalize the Chiefs’ mistakes just enough to pull off the upset, sending the NFL World into shock.
Chiefs receiver Kadarius Toney was getting hammered by the NFL media since he was a key part in the struggles of the Chiefs’ offense. Toney dropped four out of the five passes to him, which included a wide-open look in the middle of the field that resulted in Toney batting the ball in the air for Lions defender Brian Branch to get the interception and take it all the way back for six points.
Although Toney had a miserable game, his teammate Mahomes had his back despite all the noise from the NFL world. The Chiefs quarterback had this to say about his receiver.
“Stuff’s not always going to go your way, obviously. He would’ve wanted to catch a few of those in the game, but I have trust that he’s gonna be that guy that I go to in those crucial moments, and he’s gonna make the catch and win us some seasons like he did last year. So we’re gonna continue to work him in, get him more and more reps, and I’m sure those drops will kind of disappear.” -Mahomes on Kadarius Toney’s performance.
The problem wasn’t just Toney either; other receivers like Skyy Moore, and running back Jerick McKinnon also had issues with securing Mahomes’ passes. It is very clear that the Chiefs lack talent on the offensive side of the ball, especially in the receiving corps, and that will be something to watch for as the 2023 season progresses.
Head coach Andy Reid also weighed in and made it clear that the drops Toney and the Chiefs had were “unusual’ for them, and that it will be a key issue that the offense will focus on in practice as they prepare for their next game.
Mahomes threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday night and completed 21/39 pass attempts. Even after a mediocre performance, the Chiefs’ quarterback is determined to turn this offense around for the better, which should make for an intriguing season for Kansas City.