Brady, Pa­tri­ots await ‘fu­ture of the league’ in Chiefs’ Ma­homes

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Mike Shalin

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. » Patrick Ma­homes was barely 5 years old when Tom Brady com­pleted his first NFL pass in 2000.

Now Ma­homes, whose un­de­feated Kan­sas City Chiefs play at New Eng­land on Sun­day night, is the talk of the NFL in just his sec­ond sea­son.

“That’s the fu­ture of the league, so it’s al­ways great to see young play­ers come in and learn from the guys in the past,” the 41-year-old Brady said Fri­day. “Just like I did when I was young. I had a lot of guys that I looked up to, got to play against Brett Favre and some other re­ally great play­ers.”

Ma­homes has thrown 14 touch­down passes and just two in­ter­cep­tions to go with a quar­ter­back rat­ing of 112.7. His team is sec­ond in the league with 35 points a game.

Speak­ing on a con­fer­ence call this week, Ma­homes said he watched Brady a lot in col­lege at Texas Tech.

“My coach in col­lege was Kliff Kings­bury, and he ac­tu­ally was a backup for Brady at one point,” he said. “And so he showed me things that he liked with Tom and his pocket move­ments and stuff he did within the pocket that I’ve tried to put in my game a lit­tle bit.

“He’s some­one that’s had a ton of suc­cess in this league and is some­one that you do take stuff from.”

Brady has seen all this be­fore from other young quar­ter­backs — Ma­homes be­ing the lat­est af­ter Deshaun Wat­son last sea­son.

“I think quar­ter­backs al­ways pay at­ten­tion to other quar­ter­backs,” Brady said. “You’re just watch­ing the way they’re mov­ing the ball. There’s a lot of dif­fer­ent ways to lead your team and move the ball down the field and score points.

“So if you can learn things from other play­ers you’re al­ways try­ing to and if your of­fense is hot, you’re scor­ing a lot of points, I think every­one is try­ing to learn from what they’re do­ing. They’re just ex­e­cut­ing re­ally well and I think that’s what we need to take from them.”

Brady un­der­stands that his de­fense clearly has more rea­son to take greater in­ter­est in Ma­homes than he does.

“I look at it as a team that’s 5-0,” he said. “They’re very tal­ented and they’ve been play­ing very well all sea­son and that’s how I see it.”

He added: “This one’s go­ing to go down to the wire. They’re good in all three phases, they score a lot of points, they rush it well, they’ve got a lot of skill play­ers, they’ve got a lot of play­mak­ers on de­fense. So we’re go­ing to be tested in all ar­eas.”

Brady is hit­ting 69 per­cent of his passes with 12 touch­downs and an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic six in­ter­cep­tions — the last two off the hands of his re­ceivers — for a 96.1 rat­ing. He said he reached out to Drew Brees af­ter the New Or­leans quar­ter­back over­took Pey­ton Man­ning on the all-time pass­ing yardage list.

Brady, who goes for his record 200th reg­u­lar-sea­son win Sun­day night, and Brees are both chas­ing league pass­ing records. Asked if he and Brees are com­pet­i­tive over the num­bers, he said, “Not re­ally . mildly com­pet­i­tive guys.

“We played against each other in col­lege. We beat him — my se­nior year (Brady at Michi­gan, Brees at Pur­due), which was good. He’s had a great ca­reer. I think so highly of him and ev­ery­thing he’s ac­com­plished. He’s a great player, a great leader, played on two dif­fer­ent teams, been so pro­duc­tive,” he said.

“It’s great when you see that hap­pen. It’s a very com­pet­i­tive league, and to be around com­pet­ing is re­ally a priv­i­lege to still be able to do it. I feel that way my­self. I’m sure he does, too.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady, top, and Kan­sas City firstyear starter Patrick Ma­homes face off Sun­day in an en­tic­ing matchup of ar­guably the best QB of all-time against the next big thing.

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