On this episode of Roughing the Kicker, Joshua Brisco talks with Seth Keysor of Arrowhead Pride and Brandon Kiley of 101 ESPN in St. Louis about why Patrick Mahomes should start in 2017. No, seriously.
Why start Patrick Mahomes in week one? Why not? ...Seriously, why not?
Arguments against starting Patrick Mahomes have become tired and misguided. Would Mahomes benefit from a year behind Alex Smith? Probably. But how much? Eventually, Patrick Mahomes is going to play his first year in the NFL, and there will be growing pains. Why would the Chiefs voluntarily delay the timeline to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender by holding Mahomes out this season?
Sitting behind Alex Smith will not let Mahomes skip his rookie struggles. Playing time will challenge Mahomes, and I don't see the Chiefs as a Super Bowl contender until at least Mahomes' second NFL season. The Chiefs could bring those days sooner.
Concerns with Mahomes' footwork are overblown. Mahomes can read defenses. And there wil