Patrick Mahomes: Matt Nagy helped me wow Chiefs before draft

Mahomes said Nagy made sure he would impress coach Andy Reid during a five-hour meeting before the draft.

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and assistant coach Matt Nagy look on before their preseason game at Soldier Field in August.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and assistant coach Matt Nagy look on before their preseason game at Soldier Field in August.

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Before he was the coach of the Bears, Matt Nagy might have been responsible for star quarterback Patrick Mahomes landing with the Chiefs.

Speaking on the “New Heights” podcast — hosted by Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and his brother, Jason, the Eagles center — Mahomes said Nagy made sure he would impress coach Andy Reid during a five-hour meeting before the 2017 draft.

Typically, quarterbacks are quizzed about plays without advance notice during pre-draft meetings. The night before the meeting, Mahomes said Nagy, who was then the Chiefs’

offensive coordinator, slipped the Texas Tech quarterback a list of plays that were part of Reid’s upcoming test.

“He really liked me, so he gave me the plays they were gonna go over the night before,” he said on the podcast, which was released Wednesday. “Of course, I crushed the meeting.”

Mahomes has won NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP honors. He’s considered perhaps the best quarterback of his generation.

The Bears took Mitch Trubisky second overall in 2017, while the Chiefs traded up to draft Mahomes No. 10. He started one game as a rookie, after which the Bears hired Nagy as coach.

When Mahomes scored a touchdown against the Bears in 2019, he counted to 10 on his fingers, reminding everyone that the Bears could’ve had him instead. It’s clear, though, that his shot was meant for the franchise — and not for Nagy.

Nagy was fired after four seasons with the Bears and returned to Kansas City as an assistant coach this season.

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