Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will work on some of the mental aspects of football in the offseason.
James Palmer of NFL Network reports Mahomes plans to watch a lot of film. Palmer specifically mentioned the 2018 MVP would be watching Super Bowl film to see how Todd Bowles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shut Kansas City down.
Mahomes feels he has to be prepared for more of those schemes in a “copycat” league like the NFL:
What will Patrick Mahomes’ offseason include? I heard something about him being a new dad. But what about improvements? Mentally improving his game. My report on NFL NOW on @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/UBNtgAjRSr
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 11, 2021
Granted, Mahomes was without his two starting offensive tackles in the Super Bowl. Additionally, very few teams have as much talent in the front seven as the Bucs.
Still, Mahomes seems aware of teams possibly coming at him with a four-man rush and a two-deep safety look, which is what Tampa Bay employed for the majority of the contest.
The final point of note from Palmer is Mahomes’ assertion he needs to “continuously battle” himself in terms of always looking for downfield throws versus settling for underneath routes. Mahomes knows he missed some throws where guys were underneath in space because opposing secondaries cover deep.
There is no question the 25-year-old is asking all the right questions both of himself and the Chiefs. That awareness and mental acuity only serves to make Mahomes a better passer and football player.
Patrick Mahomes just underwent surgery to fix his turf toe issue and will eventually celebrate the birth of his first child. But soon enough, it will be time to get back to work.