Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was caught off guard by former wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s recent comments about Mahomes’ accuracy.
It’s been a rough day for Patrick Mahomes, who was recently reflecting on the “worst playoff football” of his career when the Cincinnati Bengals made an 18-point comeback and bested the Chiefs in the 2021 AFC Championship.
During a minicamp presser, Mahomes responded to the comments that former wide receiver Tyreek Hill recently made on Hill’s new podcast, “It Needed To Be Said.”
“As far as accuracy-wise, I’m going with Tua [over Mahomes] all day,” Hill proclaimed on his podcast.
Hill then validated a tweet from Robert Griffin III which argued that Hill wasn’t taking a shot at Mahomes, but he was trying to support his new Dolphins quarterback by arguing where Tua excels.
Mahomes said he was “surprised” by Hill’s comment, reiterating that the Chiefs “loved” Tyreek during his time in Kansas City.
“I’m surprised a little,” Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes admits on Tyreek Hill’s podcast comments.
“We loved Tyreek Hill here,” Mahomes adds.
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Mahomes went on to joke that he believes Hill said those things “to get his podcast rolling.”
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Patrick Mahomes was “surprised” by Tyreek Hill saying Tua is more “accurate”
Hill’s loyalties may have shifted since leaving KC, but Mahomes remains true in his assessment of Hill. Rather than making his own player comparisons, Mahomes had nothing but nice things to say about Hill’s talents, labeling him a “one-of-a-kind player.”
“I still love Tyreek, he’s a one-of-a-kind player,” Mahomes said.
Then, being the team leader he is, Mahomes brought the conversation away from interpersonal strife and back to what every player brings to the team. Mahomes also reminded everyone that none of what Hill and Mahomes accomplished during their time together would have been possible with head coach Andy Reid at the helm.
“But as you know, in Coach Reid’s offsense, it takes the whole team,” Mahomes continued. “This offense was rolling before I got here, this offense was rolling when I was a young Cowboys fan watching the Eagles beat up on the Cowboys. It’s an offense that includes more than one player, and that includes myself.”
Joking around at the podium, Mahomes seemed to take Hill’s comments in stride — but they still caught him a little off-guard.
“I haven’t talked to him since the podcast came out, but I talked to him at Formula 1 in Miami in May and everything seemed fine,” Mahomes laughed.
Perhaps Hill really was just trying to defend his new quarterback, because he did agree with Griffin that Mahomes is “certified greatness.”