Patrick Mahomes reaction to Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce relationship

San Francisco 49ers legend and Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young expressed empathy this week for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the media circus he has had to navigate this season.

 

Speaking to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, Young divulged the reaction he had when news broke early in the season that Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and pop megastar Taylor Swift were dating, saying: “It’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to football, from the outside. When it happened, I felt bad for Patrick.”

 

The Chiefs have been the talk of the football world for the past several years due to the excellence of Mahomes and Kelce, leading to three Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl wins in four seasons leading up to 2023.

 

If any team was fit to handle the extra attention, it should have been the Chiefs, but 2023 has been something of a struggle for them compared to previous years.

While Kansas City still won its eighth consecutive AFC West title, its 11-6 record was its worst since 2017, and it only managed to secure the No. 3 playoff seed in the AFC.

 

Also, Mahomes had an ordinary season by his standards, as his 4,183 passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns were his fewest since 2019, and his 14 interceptions were a career high.

Kelce wasn’t his usual explosive self either, as he finished with 984 yards and five touchdowns, marking the first time he fell short of 1,000 yards since 2015.

 

While the Chiefs’ issues likely go well beyond anything having to do with Kelce and Swift’s relationship, Young suggested it could at least be a contributing factor, saying:

“It’s this thing. When you have an outside force, it puts this weight on everyone. They don’t feel it necessarily, but if you step back, it’s like, holy hell. You’ve got this thing you’re dragging around. Everyone has to manage it. Anyone who says it’s not part of it is lying to themselves.”

 

From a football perspective, the Chiefs’ biggest problem seems to be a lack of consistent production from Mahomes’ pass-catchers.

Kelce is clearly his top option, but he fell well short of last year’s career season when he had 110 catches for 1,338 yards and 12 touchdowns.

 

Rookie Rashee Rice stepped up 79 receptions for 938 yards and seven scores, however, there was no one else for Mahomes to lean on, as Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and others had highly disappointing campaigns.

All of that can be forgotten if the Chiefs go an another playoff run, but it is unclear if KC has the firepower to do it this season, especially with the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills playing at a high level in the AFC.

 


The Chiefs’ journey toward a potential sixth straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game begins Saturday night when they host the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Wild Card Round.