PFT's Mike Florio: Patrick Mahomes' no-look pass could have Jordan-like impact on football


By now, we've all seen the incredible no-look pass Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed in last Sunday's win over the Ravens:

And as Tom E. Curran explained to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio in this latest Quick Slants Podcast, the degree of difficulty -- putting the ball into a tight window for a crossing receiver, with one defender draped all over him and another dropping into coverage nearby -- is what makes the play all the more impressive.

Florio notes this could be a game-changer in a multitude of ways. For one, it adds another element to defensive backs trying to properly read the play based on the quarterback's eyes.

"If he does that once or twice a year, that’s just more reason for defensive players to constantly be on edge and never know what’s going to happen," Florio said. "We talk all the time about looking off the safety, the power of the eyes. I mean, if you were able to throw the ball where your eyes aren’t even focused, what a weapon that is."

For another, it could have ever-lasting effects on all levels of football, from the pro's down to Pop Warner, similar to a certain His Greatness' lasting legacy on basketball.

"It’s almost like the impact Michael Jordan had on basketball, in that he showed people a different way to play the game," Florio said. "It was unlike anything we’d ever seen before — you know that move where he acted like he was going to dribble, and then he’d pop back and fire the shot? The way he moved, other people — to the extent that they had the physical ability to do it — they were inspired by the things he did, and that showed them, ‘I can try this too’. 

"So, we’re going to have a generation of kids practicing no-look passes, to the point where the no-look pass becomes possibly a staple for quarterbacks like it became a staple for point guards."

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