Chiefs coach Andy Reid stepped to the microphone and awaited the questions about Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes, the club’s first-round pick in 2017, had just aced his first career start, completing 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards and leading the Chiefs’ game-winning drive in a 27-24 victory at Denver to close out the regular season.

The kid had aced the test, and Reid knew it. So much so that the Chiefs’ usually unflappable coach had difficulty tamping down his excitement. When asked about Mahomes, Reid raved about the “complete control” the rookie had shown, comments Reid would elaborate on at the Senior Bowl.

“He proved he could function at a high level,” Reid told The Star. “It’s not just calling the plays and lining up and doing it. It’s a matter of the protections against that defense, moving people around.

“He had a center that was a backup at the time (Zach Fulton), and they had to work that together and get everything picked up, and he was able to handle that.”

In retrospect, it’s clear that Mahomes’ impressive performance helped clear the way for general manager Brett Veach’s trade of veteran quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, which became the talk of Super Bowl week in Minneapolis.