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Patrick Mahomes isn't afraid of the grind


Patrick Mahomes knows what we know, sees what we see -- all those perfectly placed passes slipping through pass-catchers' fingertips. His decision-making, normally impeccable, seems occasionally mortal this year. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback has even been forced to find virtue in the once unthinkable, like checkdowns and punts. All the greats go through moments like this when stuff just doesn't work. The methodologies are sound, the processes rebuild confidence, but on game day, something's missing, both fundamental and psychological. What makes it worse is not just the anger of missed plays -- it's the compounding reality that a Super Bowl window closes fast.