Years from now, when the Chiefs inevitably induct star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid into the team’s Ring of Honor, they might need to make room for one more name, as well: former offensive coordinator and current quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy.
Nagy, best known for being fired as head coach of the Chicago Bears, might seem like a strange fit.
But Mahomes revealed this week that he likely never would have wound up in Kansas City had it not been for Nagy.
During an appearance on the “New Heights” podcast hosted by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and his brother, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce, Mahomes revealed that, when he was going through the NFL draft process in 2017, Nagy rigged his meeting with Reid and the Chiefs.
Nagy, the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs at the time, fell in love with the Texas Tech product, to the point that he gave Mahomes copies of the team’s plays the night before his meeting with Reid — unbeknownst to the head coach.
“Coach Reid is finding out here live on New Heights podcast,” Mahomes said with a laugh. “So of course I crushed the meeting. I stayed up all night studying those plays.”
Not only did Mahomes impress the Chiefs during the pre-draft process, Mahomes fell in love with Nagy, Reid and Kansas City. He said he gave the Chiefs’ staff a tip that if he fell to pick No. 12, where the Houston Texans ultimately selected Deshaun Watson, he believed he would come off the board.
The Chiefs traded up from No. 27 to No. 10 to select him.
“As the process went on, I had a feeling that I was going up in the draft,” Mahomes explained. “I had a couple of teams that said they were going to draft me, and I mean, that’s true. Like, it’s not like these coaches are making that up. I talked to them during the draft process and they’re like, hey, if you’re there, we’re going to take you. I kind of gave a little inside info to the Chiefs. I was like, hey, if you all let me go — at the time, I didn’t know about the Saints — but I was like, hey, if you all let me go 12 or below, I’m going to get drafted by someone else.”
The match between Mahomes and the Chiefs has turned out to be a perfect one. Mahomes has gone 58-15 during his five seasons as the team’s starting quarterback. He’s led them to four AFC Championship games and two Super Bowl appearances, including a Super Bowl LIV win.
Mahomes, who was named the NFL MVP in 2018, is currently the betting favorite to win the award again this season. He leads the league in both passing yards and touchdown passes.
To think that the Chiefs’ current dynastic run might never have happened without the interference of Nagy is wild. Hopefully, Mahomes’ story just earned him a raise.
Mahomes and the Chiefs will look to avenge their AFC Championship Game loss from last season when they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.