Patrick Mahomes wants to make it clear that he respects the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.
In a recent interview, Mahomes clarified that his comments on the NFL offensive rookie of the year at the celebrity golf tournament were all for fun. He was just “speaking nonsense” to some non-Chief AFC West fans attending the event.
“Yes, I think it is taken out of context,” Mahomes told USA Today Sports“I was talking rubbish to the Raiders, Broncos and Chargers fans. As a player, I respect him very much.”
During the American Championship of the Century in Lake Tahoe in 2021, Mahomes’ view of Herbert happened. A fan participating in the celebrity golf tournament called Mahomes before the 2021 NFL season to warn him about Herbert. Fans said: “Be careful of Justin Herbert next year.”
The Chiefs quarterback shot back and said: “I will see it when I believe it.”
Patrick Mahomes’ golf patron: “Pay attention to Justin Herbert next year.” Mahomes: “I will see it when I believe it.” # Chief Kingdom
— Rob Collins (@RCFOX4KC) July 11, 2021
Naturally, Mahomes’ comments exploded because of the shadow he threw at Herbert. But Mahomes made it clear that he admired the Lightning quarterback and believed that Herbert’s rookie year was “a special thing.”
Mahomes said: “It’s a special thing for him to get out of the game in the first year and play that level.” “Not many people can do it. And I know I will have many difficult games with him in the future. . So I think it’s a joke, I think it blows up on Twitter like most things.”
In fact, Herbert’s first season in Los Angeles was impressive. The Oregon product completed 66.6% of passes, 4,336 yards, 31 pass touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He set a rookie pass record (31 times) and a 300-yard pass game (7 times), only 38 yards away from the 4,374 yard pass record for chasing Drew Luck. In the first game against Mahomes and the Chiefs, Herbert led the Chargers into overtime and then lost three points.
In his second season, Herbert will improve and find a way to take his game to a new level under the leadership of the new coaching staff. Either way, Mahomes will not take his challenge lightly. However, when he has a chance, he will shoot him friendly.