Unless you’ve lived under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the hubbub former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill kicked off earlier this month when he said in his new podcast that Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was a more accurate passer than Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
As expected, social media was ignited with talk of Hill’s outlandish claims. And that wasn’t the only bombshell Hill dropped on her debut podcast.
Hill’s agent Drew Rosenhaus also insinuated that the Chiefs deliberately removed Hill’s stats in 2021 to keep his price low so they could extend him to a lower amount. According to Rosenhaus, that was part of the reason Hill asked for a trade. Hill, for his part, has denied the claims, but the fact remains that they were made by his camp.
Rosenhaus and Hill’s comments were covered by our own Pete Sweeney at the time they were made.
Like our Brandon Kiley quickly mentioned on Twitter, Hill finished the season with 160 targets (seventh in the NFL) and 111 receptions (third in the NFL). He’s also finished with 10 or more targets in four of his last seven games as a Chiefs receiver (including the playoffs). In two of the games without 10 or more targets, he played in 42% of offensive snaps or less.
It has to be said: the idea of head coach Andy Reid or quarterback Patrick Mahomes colluding with surprise hill stats is downright absurd. The Chiefs maintained they wanted to keep Hill until the wide receiver market explodedwhereupon they changed their plans in favor of team flexibility.
So far, Mahomes has remained silent on the matter, but that all changed on Thursday afternoon. He spoke on the subject for the first time on the podium after the obligatory minicamp.
“I’m a little surprised,” Mahomes said. “We love Tyreek here. We always loved him and we still love him.”
Mahomes went on to say Hill never mentioned any of his frustrations to him – including when the two spoke face-to-face last month.
“I spoke to him at Formula 1 in Miami in May and everything seemed fine,” Mahomes said.
Doing his best to keep it classy, Mahomes said Hill is making these statements to generate buzz around his podcast.
“I’m sure it has something to do with trying to get his podcast going,” he said.
When asked if he thought Hill’s stats had been suppressed, Mahomes defended head coach Andy Reid’s offense, saying the way the Chiefs play football isn’t all about a particular player.
“Tyreek is a one-of-a-kind player,” admitted Mahomes. “But as you know, in Coach Reid’s offense it takes the whole team. That offense was rolling before I got here. This offense was rolling when I was a young Dallas Cowboys fan who was watching the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Cowboys. It’s an offense that’s more than one player, and that includes myself.
“What I love about Tyreek is that he wants to win, and I feel like with the covers we were getting. Defenses mattered to him, and so we had to go somewhere else.”
Playmakers are expected to want the ball in their hands, but as noted by Mahomes, team success must come before personal achievements.
“We were winning football games,” Mahomes noted, “especially at the end of the season.”
As for how Hill’s statements affect Mahomes personally, the Chiefs quarterback said Hill was simply trying to endear himself to a new fan base.
“He tries to show that he loves where he is in Miami. He loves his teammates,” he said.
Mahomes doesn’t care who you think is the best or most accurate quarterback — to him, it’s all white noise.
“It doesn’t affect me at all,” Mahomes said. “At the end of the day, it’s just going out and playing football. You let other people talk about who’s the best and all that different kind of stuff.
“As long as we’re in football games and scoring points, I think I’m doing my job the right way. I don’t need to have the best accuracy and completion percentage in the world. Like as long as we score touchdowns and win Super Bowls, I’ll take it.”
Since 2018, Mahomes leads all NFL quarterbacks with 49 wins. The Chiefs have won six consecutive AFC West titles and appeared in four consecutive AFC Championship games.
No one does better when it comes to winning, and that’s all Mahomes cares about.