OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Patrick Mahomes signed the most valuable deal in American professional sports in July, when he landed a 10-year, $ 450 million extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, who faces Mahomes on Monday night, sees it as a bargain.
“They could have paid a billion,” Martindale said Friday. “I still think he’s underpaid.”
Martindale has a lot of respect for the reigning Super Bowl MVP because Mahomes is the only quarterback who has consistently got the better of Baltimore. The Ravens have conceded the third-lowest number of passing yards in the league (203.7) since Martindale assumed the role of defensive coordinator at the start of the 201
Baltimore gave up over 350 yards by passing only three times during that time – and two came up against Mahomes, who pitched for five touchdowns and an interception in two wins over the Ravens. Mahomes went for 377 yards in 2018 – mostly against a Martindale defense – and shot for 374 yards last season.
“The mobile quarterbacks, you have to defend the first game, the second game and sometimes the third game,” said Martindale. “With the way he throws the ball, you have to stay on your cover no matter what happens. He can stand on one side of the pitch and throw on the other side.”
While the ravens know they must take Mahomes’ athleticism and time-saving ability into account, they must also find a way to outwit him. Baltimore has fired Mahomes only four times out of 96 dropbacks. Martindale, known for his aggressive blitz packs, praised Mahomes for how he can diagnose before the shot where the pressure is coming from and call the correct protection to undo it.
“He has that football IQ level of [Tom] Brady and [Peyton] Manning, ”Martindale said.