KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andy Reid has seen along with the rest of the world Pat Mahomes’ strong work on game days and like everyone else, he’s impressed that the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-year starting quarterback has 31 touchdown passes in 10 games.
But it was the quarterback’s work on the other six days of the week that earned the praise of his coach after Mahomes threw two touchdown passes on Sunday to move to 31 and break Len Dawson’s team record of 30 set in 1964.
“He’s had a heck of a year,” Reid said after the Chiefs’ 26-14 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Arrowhead Stadium that raised their record to 9-1. “He’s playing his heart out. I love the back side of that, the preparation and how he goes about his business there day in and day out . . . He comes out every day and he’s bringing energy and he makes sure he has his things in order when he does that. He’s got a lot on his plate as far as responsibility goes to run the offense and he takes care of that.
“He’s in a position where he can make everybody better around him and he’s doing that.”
Mahomes’ two touchdown passes came in the first half, both to Tyreek Hill.
“That’s something I do on Madden, for real,” said Hill when asked to put 31 TD passes in 10 games in perspective. “That’s crazy. For him to come in and do that, that’s amazing. A lot of people doubted him: ‘He wasn’t going to do this, he wasn’t going to do that.’ He’s showing a lot of people up right now and I’m proud of him.
“Pat is a tremendous quarterback, a tremendous leader. So for a guy like him to get that record, it means a lot.”
Dawson set his record during the Chiefs’ old AFL days. None of their quarterbacks since has seriously threatened his mark.
Elvis Grbac had 28 in 2000. Trent Green in 2004 and Matt Cassel in 2010 got to 27.
But the Chiefs, at long last, have a new touchdown pass king and Mahomes’ teammates, including running back Kareem Hunt, celebrated him.
“We needed all 31 of those touchdowns,” Hunt said, “and we got them.’’