While speaking Wednesday with the media, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was asked how much film preparation he does by himself before a game.
“I got a good mentor in Alex (Smith) on how to get into the film room and learn how to study defenses,” Mahomes said. “I’ve kind of used that and turned into my own different direction of how I can study and get the film done.“
Mahomes has spoken many times in the past about Smith’s mentorship when were teammates in 2017, Mahomes’ rookie season.
Chiefs fans know how important Smith was to Mahomes, and the successful five-year run Smith had as starting quarterback. During that time, the Chiefs had a 50-26 record and made the playoffs four times.
To honor Smith, a number of Chiefs fans hope the team will allow him to be the person who bangs the drum before Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Here is what some of them are saying on Twitter about Smith, who retired from the NFL after the 2020 season.
Oh YES PLEASE!!! The Captain returns to the Kingdom!
— Thunder Dan (@ThunderDan88) January 26, 2022
Can we please find a way to get Alex Smith to bang the drum Sunday for the AFC Championship game. #ChiefsKingdom
— Jeremy Davisson (@JtotheEtotheR) January 26, 2022
I’m on board with letting Alex Smith beat the drum for Sunday#ChiefsKingdom
— Mid_West_T (@Beezy85T) January 26, 2022
I want Alex Smith to bang the drum on Sunday. Lets get Journey for halftime.
— Save Our Chiefs Defense (@1_ChiefsKingdom) January 24, 2022
Alex Smith needs to bang the drum this Sunday #ChiefsKingdom
— Max Gallaway (@ThePowerOfMax) January 25, 2022
— Xela the Brotaku (@XelatheBrotaku) January 26, 2022
Who do you want to bang the drum for the AFC Championship Game?
— Devin Albertson (@DevinAlbertson) January 25, 2022
Other people fans would like to see bang the drum Sunday: former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, actor Eric Stonestreet and owner Clark Hunt.