Why TCU is watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs to get ready for Texas Tech

Texas coach Tom Herman might’ve described TCU coach Gary Patterson’s attention to detail best last month.

“He’s going to scout you until his eyeballs come out,” Herman said before the Texas-TCU showdown in Austin.

Yes, Patterson doesn’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to breaking down film and is taking it to another level this week with Texas Tech visiting on Thursday.

Patterson and the TCU coaching staff has watched film of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are off to a fast start behind former Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Patterson has seen similarities between the Chiefs and Red Raiders in terms of how they utilize run/pass options (RPOs) on offense.

“[Texas Tech] has run some plays that the Chiefs have run, so we’ve prepared for about everything we possibly thought we could see,” Patterson said. “The way [Texas Tech] is doing the RPOs and all the different offensive things they’re doing in Kansas City then it’s … I like my job, so you do whatever you have to do.”

Patterson said it’s unusual for him and his staff to watch NFL film to prepare for a college offense. But the Frogs had an extended break by being off last weekend and used that extra time to scout the Red Raiders via the Chiefs.

“The Chiefs have a very high level of skill level at some of those positions, which really causes even more problems,” Patterson said. “Not just Patrick, but also [WR] Tyreek Hill. The tight end [Travis Kelce]. They’ve got some guys at every position that cause one-on-one matchups.”

Patterson hasn’t been surprised by the success of Mahomes, or even former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the Cleveland Browns, early in their NFL careers.

“They play at a high level and they have confidence in themselves,” Patterson said. “In Patrick’s case, he’s really handling it well. He looks very humble playing, but he plays at a high level. How he handles himself and does things? I’ve been very impressed.”

Just like the Chiefs in the NFL, the Red Raiders have playmakers on offense. Receiver Antoine Wesley already has 621 receiving yards and five touchdowns and RB Ta’Zhawn Henry is having an impressive freshman season with 251 yards and seven TDs on the ground.

The question for Tech going into the TCU game is the availability of quarterback Alan Bowman. Bowman, a Grapevine High product, is having a solid freshman season, but sustained a partially collapsed lung in the Red Raiders’ previous game against West Virginia.

Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is hopeful Bowman is available for the TCU game. If Bowman is out, Tech could look to Jett Duffey or McLane Carter.

Either way, it’s hard to ignore the strides Tech has taken offensively this season. The Red Raiders are leading the Big 12 in scoring with 48.4 points a game, a two-TD jump compared to last season (34.3).

“They’re always hard to defend anyways,” Patterson said. “They’re one of the top total offenses in the nation, they always are. Coach Kingsbury does a great job, so for us we try to do as good of a job as we can.

“That’s why we took extra days of game planning differently than we normally would.”

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