Read what Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes said after the Packers loss.
QUARTERBACK PATRICK MAHOMES:
(on what went wrong in the game) “We made too many mistakes. They had a good game plan and played a good game. Jordan (Love) played great. At the end of the day, you make too many mistakes against a good football team, you lose.”
(on where he feels the Chiefs are right now as a team) ”Obviously, we’re not where we want to be at, but I
think we’re close. We’re playing a lot of good football teams really well. Winning some of those games and losing some of those games and so we’re kind of in the go zone now where we have to try to get it going through the stretch. All we can do is learn from this game and be focused on another challenge this next week coming to Arrowhead.”
(on why he didn’t target TE Travis Kelce late in the game) ”I think, when I look back at the tape, there’s a
couple of them I wish I would have given him a chance. Just kind of in the flow of the game, I went to other spots. I didn’t hit the guys on the throws that I tried to make. When you get to those big moments, you want to give your best guys chances to make plays and I don’t know for sure yet, but I’m sure there were a couple of them that I could have gone to him.”
(on the interception late in the game) “You can’t make that mistake. I saw they were in man coverage, tried to get to one of our man checks. The guy went over the top. I probably should have tried to back shoulder Skyy (Moore). That’s a mistake on my part that you can’t make in that situation.”
(on the ball that was thrown to WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling) ”It wasn’t necessarily a seem post, just kind of more of an over the top post. I saw the safety. He obviously was trying to bend it away from the corner and I was trying to kind of just straighten him up a little bit to try to get the throw to him. That’s one of those, throughout the game your kind of taken what was there and moving the ball down the field and I think I would have maybe got through the rest of the progression and maybe got to another spot. It’s just stuff that you have to continue to work on throughout the season.”
(on the no call late in the game for pass interference) “It is what it is man. Obviously, the guy was probably a little early, but at the end of the game they’re letting guys play. I’m kind of about that. I’d rather you let the guys play and let the guys win it on the field. It’s a hard job man. When we’re in that situation, I can’t be wanting a flag. I have to go out there and win the game myself and with the rest of my teammates.”
(on advice he would give RB Isiah Pacheco after getting ejected) “Man, I love the fire from Pop man. That gets us going as an offense. Obviously, it got a flag in the situation, but I mean we were already in a bad situation. I never want to take the passion away from a guy. He’ll learn from it. I’m sure he won’t make that mistake again.
That’s the stuff that we need on this team in order to have the success that we want to have.”
(on why they aren’t winning on last minute drives) “I have to hit the guys whenever they are there. Even the one with the pass interference, I know I was kind of falling back, but if I can get the ball out there. Not pass interference. If I can get the ball out there, then he scores a touchdown in that situation. That’s what I’m saying, if you don’t want flags, I have to make the throw. If I make the throw, I wouldn’t be wanting the flag. It’s my job.
If the defense gives me an opportunity to win the game, I have to go down there and win it with my teammates.
Obviously, I haven’t done it enough this season, so I have to try to get better. I’m sure we’ll have more
opportunities as the season goes on.”
(on what he learned from OL Wanya Morris playing after T Donovan Smith was injured) ”He stepped up man.
That’s a good defensive line and he did a great job. Donovan is battling out there, trying to do his best to be out there for his teammates. I think the coaches just kind of said, ‘hey, let’s let it heal up and let’s let someone else go in there and try to take over and play while you can get healthy.’ I’m proud of him man. That’s a big spot in a big game in a great stadium, and he stepped up man in the run game, pass game.”
(on what they need to take from this game) “All you can take when you lose football games is you go watch the tape. You try to learn from it. Learn from your mistakes and get better. That’s all you can do. That’s win or lose.
Obviously, we haven’t dealt with a ton of losing here. Everything’s out in front of you. We still can win the
division, but it’s going to take us getting better and better each and every week. We’re going to have a great challenge coming up in Buffalo. It’s get back to football practice and see if we can get better next week.”
(on the recent slow starts) “We had slow starts, but we had some penalties and negative plays in the redzone. I mean we drove right down the field and got down to the 5 yard line the first two drives and we didn’t score.
That was the two drives that we had in the first half. I think offensively, we just have to continue to get better and better. Defense I thought did a great job in the second half kind of shutting the door, giving me a chance to win the game. Giving us a chance to win the game. We’ve got to capitalize on those when you play these great games. It always comes down to the end and who can make the best plays that end the football games.”
HEAD COACH ANDY REID:
(on the game) “Alright listen, the Packers, I thought, did a great job tonight. They got after us. That is a good football team. We need to be able to start faster on both sides of the ball. We’ve got to make sure to take care of that. So whether it was the penalties on offense or we weren’t getting off the field on the defensive side, those are things that cost us. We have to learn from that and get better as we go forward. As far as injuries go (Drue) Tranquill had a concussion. (Bryan) Cook, we are looking at his ankle now. Donovan Smith had the stingers in his shoulder.”
(on if he got an explanation on the possible pass interference on the last drive) “No, I didn’t.”
(on what Isiah Pacheco told him about the penalty where Pacheco was ejected) “He didn’t tell me. I didn’t talk to him. Yeah, you can’t do that. You need to be more composed in that even though the guy shoved his head into the dirt. You have to stay composed on it.”
(on the Chiefs’ defense tonight) “Listen, I mean they (Green Bay) made plays. They used the clock, let it run down to like five seconds and below, and they were getting first downs. You have to get off the field on defense and you have to stay on the field on offense and not shoot ourselves. Listen, that is my responsibility for that.
We have to be better prepared to take care of that stuff right there. You do that and then you can win a game.
In this league there is too much parity. They are well coached. They have good players. You come out and
self-destruct in certain areas and then you have a problem.”
(on the Mahomes fourth quarter interception) “I think they probably both weren’t on the same page, it didn’t look like. We will get that worked out.”