Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes credited head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy for adjusting the team’s offensive philosophy during the 2022 season.
Last season, Mahomes and Kansas City’s offense relied heavily on playmaker Tyreek Hill. The wide receiver’s unique skill and speed allowed the Chiefs to routinely make explosive plays down the field.
Hill sought a massive new contract after a breakout season in 2021, but was unable to reach an agreement with the Chiefs and soon left the team via a blockbuster trade.
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Kansas City received several draft picks, including one first round, one second round, two fourth, and one sixth from the Dolphins in exchange for Hill. Miami then signed the wide receiver to a four-year, $120 million deal.
The deal made Hill one of the highest-paid players in the NFL and the highest-paid receiver in average annual value at the time of signing.
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Hill had 1,239 yards on 111 receptions last season. The loss of production from him led some to believe the Chiefs’ offense would take a step back in 2022.
Instead, the Chiefs are back in the Super Bowl for the third time in the last five years and Mahomes is the leading contender for the league MVP award.
Earlier this week, Mahomes said the coaching staff developed and maintained a solid game plan to keep the offense going all year.
«We accepted the challenge as players, the coaches and Coach Bieniemy accepted the challenge,» Mahomes said.
Mahomes acknowledged Hill’s talent, but credited Reid and Bieniemy for identifying the wide receiver strengths on this year’s roster.
«We lost an all-time great receiver in Tyreek Hill, someone who did a lot of great things for us, but we also have a lot of great receivers, and Coach Bieniemy and Coach Reid, they went in there and learned what their strengths were, and the We maxed out this year. It’s not just the players, it’s the coaches, it’s everyone in that building,» Mahomes added.
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The Chiefs’ front office also made several smart moves during the offseason to bolster the roster, and the team has several draft picks that have become immediate contributors.