Patrick Mahomes Explains Why It's a 'Golden Era for the Quarterback Position'
"I think that comes with development, coaching, and evolution of the quarterback position," the QB told Complex.
Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes added a second Super Bowl title and MVP award to his resume last season, putting him head and shoulders above a positional group he believes to be in the midst of a golden era.
"I would say maybe top to bottom. You look back and you got like Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, freaking Troy Aikman, [John] Elway. There’s been some Hall of Famers that have all played in the same era, but I think top to bottom, it’s hard to find a spot on any team, but the quarterback’s not a guy that you can see win playoff games. And I think that’s made it so special," Mahomes told Complex's Ben Felderstein in an interview.
"I think that comes with development, coaching, and evolution of the quarterback position. So I think it’s definitely a golden era for the quarterback position," he continued. "Maybe we don’t have those Hall of Fame guys yet at the top, but one through 32, I mean there’s quarterbacks that don’t even get a chance to start that are great players."
Aside from their own division, which features the likes of Russell Wilson, Jimmy Garoppolo, and up-and-comer Justin Herbert, the Chiefs will face a difficult challenge in their pursuit of back-to-back titles, considering how stacked the quarterback position is in the AFC conference alone.
Josh Allen and Joe Burrow have already developed something of a rivalry with Mahomes and the Chiefs. The New York Jets are suddenly a force to be reckoned with after landing four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers. Speaking of MVPs, you can't forget about Lamar Jackson, who inked a five-year extension with the Baltimore Ravens to become the highest-paid player in the NFL.
If the Chiefs do make it to Super Bowl LVIII next year, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys—or a rematch against Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles—may be what awaits them.