Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, was not pleased with how Sunday’s offensive first half came to a close. Mahomes was furious as he made his way to the locker room, even though the Chiefs were up 14-10 at the break. It appears that he was upset with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Cameras captured Mahomes and Bieniemy fighting as the two men were leaving the field. In the video below, Mahomes removed his helmet and exchanged words with Bieniemy at one point. Until Chiefs coach Andy Reid intervened to mediate, the two kept arguing.
At the conclusion of the first half, it appears that Mahomes was dissatisfied with the team’s play-calling. In the last minute of the second quarter, the Chiefs forced the Colts to punt, and with 34 seconds remaining, they took over on their own 46-yard line. The Chiefs immediately moved back to their own 36 after being assessed a holding penalty, but they also lost five crucial seconds.
Although Bieniemy had different ideas, Mahomes clearly wanted to attempt to at least get the Chiefs into field goal range given their potent attack. On third down, the Chiefs offensive coordinator decided to go with a Jerick McKinnon run, which ultimately caused the half to conclude early. After the timer expired, Mahomes went looking for Bieniemy to confront him.
It’s probable that Mahomes’ rage at Bieniemy was simply his displeasure with the entire first half boiling out since the Colts held Mahomes in check for the majority of the first half (he only threw for 84 yards).