Texas Tech’s QB put up more yards than any player ever has, then said he could have played better

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2016 at 8:22 am

Let me explain.

Patrick Mahomes is probably the best QB in the Big 12. He’s certainly the most electric. Saturday night, his Texas Tech squad, along with its opponent Oklahoma, made a mockery of any modern tenet about defense in a 66-59 game of basketball on grass. Seriously, look at this mockery of defenses everywhere.

Afterward, Mahomes said this to ESPN:

“Definitely could’ve done better. A lot of throws I underthrew, overthrew. … it wasn’t good enough.”

Mahomes threw **88** passes and along with his 12 rushes, accounted for 100 plays. All by himself. For perspective, Houston is No. 2 in the country in total plays ran with 671. They haven’t run 100 plays in a single game all season.

I’d imagine that Mahomes, like any great athlete, is extremely nitpicky about his performances and overly critical about the things that he does or doesn’t do on the football field. His peer, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, gave himself a D grade in a game in which he scored five touchdowns and the Cardinals over 60 points.

But in the interest of being nitpicky, detractors may look at Mahomes’ box score and pick something out.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Mahomes “only” had 52 completions. That gives him a 59.1 percent completion rating for his troubles. His QB rating was only 145.6, making it his second-worst game of the season by that metric. So by his standards, certainly he could have played better. Most sane people would understand that he’s doing all this on a recently surgically repaired right shoulder and cut the guy a break because his defense refused to do him any favors.

I’d also argue there’s a law of diminishing returns situation at play here, but that’s what happens when you nearly throw 100 times, especially when those throws are down the field and not of the dink and dunk screen pass variety all the time. Ease up on yourself, Patrick. You did all you could.

Smart Texas Basketball is out today

Posted by    |    October 24th, 2016 at 8:13 am

The best Longhorns basketball season preview is here

We’ve hammered you about this for weeks, and now it’s time for the payoff. Smart Texas Basketball is available through both Amazon and iTunes for $4.99; Jeff Haley and I invested a significant amount of time, energy, and alcohol into this book and we’re proud of the result. We go far into the weeds on the Texas program, hacking away at the mystery to reveal what we believe is a complete picture of who Texas is and what their capabilities are this season. Don’t believe us? Here’s the chapter list:

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How’s that for detail? If you’re still not convinced, check out the book excerpts we published on James Banks, Kerwin Roach, and the diamond press defense. There’s plenty more where that came from, too. Maybe it’s time to take a break from reading about Charlie Strong’s death march and read up on a program headed in the right direction instead.