The Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in some unfamiliar territory of the Patrick Mahomes era — they exit Week 3 with a losing record and in last place in the AFC West.
Mahomes, in particular, has committed costly turnovers late in the game the last two weeks — but it is an issue former Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil does not believe will persist when it comes to Mahomes.
“[The Chargers] didn’t beat the Chiefs. The Chiefs lost,” he said on the “Upon Further Review” podcast with Zach Brook. “Mahomes, I have predicted all along, his No. 1 fault will be he is so competitive, he is so confident without being cocky that he can win the football game on any given play.
“Two weeks in a row he’s thrown the ball away at the end in a panic situation that’s cost him the football game. No matter how good you are you can’t consistently do that and take a team back to the Super Bowl.”
Mahomes is not one to commit many turnovers, though.
After throwing 12 interceptions in 2018, he combined to throw 11 over the next two seasons. He currently has three — two of which have come in crucial parts of the game.
Yet, Vermeil — who also acknowledged that he AFC West may be the toughest division in the NFL — has faith that Mahomes will have the Chiefs back atop as the team to beat by the end of the year.
“I think he’ll straighten [the turnovers] out,” he added. “And still think the Kansas City Chiefs will be the No. 1 team.”