Patrick Mahomes endorses Mike Kafka for Arizona Cardinals coaching gig
The Arizona Cardinals are down to their final candidates in Lou Anarumo and Mike Kafka, and the latter just received a ringing endorsement.
Patrick Mahomes is the Peyton Manning of today’s NFL. In fact, they even have the same initials. But the similarities between the two are endless, including their respective roles as the voice and face of the league.
So when Mahomes speaks, those of us in the NFL universe would do well to listen. And yesterday, Mahomes voiced his support for his old quarterbacks coach, Mike Kafka, stating he believes the 35-year-old is the right man for the Cardinals. Here is what the star quarterback said regarding Kafka.
"“Coach Kafka is a special person and a special coach. When he first got here he was quality control — that was my first year as a rookie so I spent a lot of time with Coach Kafka where he was teaching me the playbook and teaching me how to be a quarterback in the NFL.“That continued for a long time and when he left, I knew he was going to be a head coach soon. I know he’s down (here) in Arizona, so if he gets hired there he’ll get that place turned around. He’s a great coach and a great person as well, so I’m excited for him.” – via Arizona Sports"
Will the Arizona Cardinals heed Patrick Mahomes’ endorsement?
It speaks volumes when an NFL legend, a budding NFL legend really, praises a prospective head coach. When we look at players like Patrick Mahomes who have reached larger-than-life status in the league, we tend to forget that they went through growing pains just like any other NFL player.
What jumped out at me was that Mahomes mentioned Kafka’s influence in showing Mahomes what it meant to be an NFL quarterback. Here, we have this generation’s version of Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, literally telling us that Kafka played a huge role in getting him to where he is today – on a path to the Hall of Fame.
This isn’t to say that Kafka will have the same result with Kyler Murray. But if the Arizona Cardinals bring on Kafka, it’s going to be because they believe he is the best guy to mentor Murray. So far, Mahomes isn’t the only quarterback whose career Kafka influenced; he was a big reason behind Daniel Jones’ success this past season.
While I’m slightly leaning toward Lou Anarumo from an experience standpoint, I also believe Kafka is the better fit for Murray. And thanks to Mahomes’ endorsement, we can already see the volumes of which Kafka’s resume speaks.
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