Matt Nagy deserves a statue in Kansas City after this.
While a special guest on the “New Heights” podcast that’s hosted by his teammate Travis Kielce and Kelce’s brother Jason Kelce, who’s also a star offensive lineman for the Eagles, Patrick Mahomes told a story about how Matt Nagy helped him get drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I was at the facility,” Mahomes said. “We had the meetings, like the top 30 visits, so I was in there for like five hours … Matt Nagy, who was the offensive coordinator then, he really liked me, so he gave me the plays they were going to go over the night before.”
Nagy eventually left the Chiefs to become the head coach of the Chicago Bears in 2018. He spent four season before returning to Kansas City as an offensive assistant on Andy Reid’s staff this year.
Mahomes said this podcast appearance would be the first Reid has heard of this story.
“So, Coach Reid’s finding out now, on ‘New Heights.’ So, of course I crushed that meeting. I stayed up all night studying those plays,” the quarterback said.
Mahomes also revealed that he gave the Chiefs some information as well. He said he had assurances from various coaches around the NFL that they’d select him if available and warned his the Chiefs that this would happen. Reid clearly listened because the Chiefs traded up with the Buffalo Bills to pick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
“As the process went on, I got a feeling that I was kind of going up in the draft,” Mahomes said on the podcast. “I had a couple of teams that said they were going to draft me, and that’s true, it’s not like these coaches were making that up. I talked to them in the draft process and they were like, ‘If you’re there, we’re gonna take you.’
“I kind of gave a little inside info to the Chiefs, and I was like, ‘If y’all let me go 12 or below, I’m gonna get drafted by someone else.’”
Mahomes has been everything the Chiefs could ask for and then some, he’s already led to them to a Super Bowl victory and another appearance as well as bringing him an MVP award.
Mahomes is far-and-away the best quarterback in the NFL and has the Kansas City Chiefs sitting at 9-2 and in first place in the AFC.