Patrick Mahomes hasn’t surpassed Tom Brady as the GOAT — but he might someday

Henry McKenna

AFC East Reporter

The short and simple take on Patrick Mahomes’ greatness is that he hasn’t won enough Super Bowls. That’s why he’s not the GOAT.

It’s simplistic, I know. But sometimes, it really is that simple.

Let’s look at the scoreboard.

Tom Brady: 7 Super Bowl wins
Mahomes: 2 Super Bowl wins

Looks pretty definitive, even if Mahomes’ number changes to three on Sunday when he takes on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

That gets the simple part of this argument out of the way, doesn’t it? I get that some folks out there want to go with what they’re seeing from the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and crown him. 

But it’s too early. Way too early. There’s really no debate yet. Let’s circle back to the conversation after he has seven rings — which feels very far away.

“Do I ever see it happening? Probably not,” former Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne told FOX Sports on Monday. “I’m not saying that it couldn’t be done. But let’s really think realistically [about] an accomplishment that’s just absurd. And do I think Patrick is the type of guy that could get there? Yes. … But it’s almost a statute that’s just unrealistic.”

Mahomes won’t be the GOAT at the end of Super Bowl LVIII. He won’t even be a legitimate contender for the GOAT for the next few years. Fair?

Now we can move on to what makes the conversation fun and complicated. 

We’ve seen greatness in him unlike in anyone I’ve seen since Brady.

Colin Cowherd: Why Mahomes is “the greatest player that’s ever played”

It feels a bit like the draft comparisons. It’s all about the concept of potential.

Draft analysts compare prospects to project what a quarterback can be. Caleb Williams, the projected No. 1 overall pick this year, will draw Patrick Mahomes comparisons. Drake Maye will appear to draftniks as the next Aaron Rodgers. Jayden Daniels is without an easy comparison, though references include Kirk Cousins, Dak…


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