Chefs explain how the QB-motion game “Ferrari Right” was born


Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns on Sunday in the team’s victory, including a one-meter touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson towards the end of the second quarter. This one, uh… didn’t look like the others.

Mahomes got into motion – and as he did, center Austin Reiter broke the ball. Mahomes caught the snap, turned and looked up to find a Robinson wide open for six points.

“The last three weeks Pat played with that,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said after the game. “So I told him, I said, ‘We’re going to put it on,’ and he looked at me like I was crazy. But he did and it looked good, so if I said, “If this looks good, let’s try it,” then we tried it. He goes there during special teams and he played with a few things, so we put him in place – and it worked.

As you might expect, Mahomes had more details to share about the game than his ever-humble head coach.

“You see me at training camp and before training taking pictures with the crosses, and so obviously I do training and stuff like that and I started moving,” he says. “After that I had to go see Tom Melvin – our tight ends coach – and ask him if it was legal for me to be on the move and he said as long as everyone was ready. Then after I got that I took it to special teams and started working with Trav (Travis Kelce) and Tyreek (Hill) on these different pieces that we could perform. I had to start giving Coach (Andy) Reid little hints that we needed to try it out and finally get it in – and it worked out well.

Mahomes said the Chiefs called the piece a “Ferrari Right,” likely a nod to ESPN Louis Riddick, commentator of “Monday Night Football”, who designates the quarterback as “Ferrari” Mahomes on the network.

Mahomes showed Reid his completed creation in a defense walkthrough.

“I did it and I think [Reid] liked how he looked there, ”said Mahomes. “You have to show him, he has to see proof that it works in real life before you put it in there.

Robinson, who played his role as a pass blocker long before running away, was not available after the game – but fellow receiver Hill couldn’t believe it.

“The crazy thing is, I really didn’t think the game was going to be played, but it’s Patrick Mahomes,” Hill said. “It was a day in training, he was like,” 10, 10, 10, come over here, I have a room for you! … I was like, ‘Bro, what are you doing? Why don’t you line up and break the ball? But it turned out to be a great play.

“His creativity – just him being with Coach Reid. Coach Reid is fading away with Pat – just the creativity and ideas the two have working together. EB too – EB right there in the mix, so it’s just crazy.

“I know we’re going to have fun after the week off. I just can’t wait to be there.

Ferrari Left, anyone?


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