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Psst, Bucs, maybe some Super Bowl help from ... the Jets?

New head coach Robert Saleh knows firsthand what Patrick Mahomes can do and warns to watch out for one of his tricks.
In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of Super Bowl 54 in Miami Gardens.
In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of Super Bowl 54 in Miami Gardens. [ PATRICK SEMANSKY | Associated Press (2020) ]
Published Jan. 30, 2021

As Super Bowl 55 week nears, the Bucs will be looking for any advantage they can get against the Chiefs … even if it’s coming from the New York Jets.

Newly hired Jets coach Robert Saleh was the 49ers’ defensive coordinator last year when San Francisco played Kansas City in Super Bowl 54. The 49ers lost 31-20, despite leading by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, and Saleh warns not to fall for a ruse from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“You’ve got to be relentless,” Saleh said Thursday on Pro Football Talk Live. “You have to be relentless. Just when you think you might have him, he might step two steps back and then throw off his back foot. I mean, he has ridiculous arm talent. He’s got tremendous accuracy. He’s got tremendous mobility.

“But any time you’re a pass rusher, just understand that he might do his little old-man jog in between plays where it looks like his feet hurt. Don’t kid yourself. He’s got tremendous mobility, his arm strength is ridiculous. You have to be relentless all the way through. And understand that there could be a play and a second play that happens just because of his ability to extend plays and make the throws that other people can’t.”

Mahomes didn’t throw a flag on Saleh’s comments in his response on Twitter, choosing to go the laughing emojis route.

Just as a reminder, Mahomes threw two touchdown passes in the final 6:13 and was named MVP as the Chiefs scored 21 unanswered points to rally for their first Super Bowl championship since 1970. The then-third-year quarterback finished with 286 yards passing, 141 coming in the fourth quarter.

Prior to his heroics, Mahomes had thrown for just 145 yards and two interceptions through three quarters as the 49ers slowed the Chiefs’ high-powered offense … momentarily.

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