Mike Kafka was an NFL quarterback for multiple teams from 2010-2015. In 2016, Kafka served as a graduate assistant at his alma mater at Northwestern. He entered NFL coaching as the Kansas City Chiefs offensive quality control coach in 2017.
In 2018, Kafka was promoted to quarterbacks coach. That season was Patrick Mahomes’ first as a starter and he erupted for over 5,000 yards, 50 touchdowns and sustained a 66 percent completion rate. Mahomes only threw 11 interceptions and had an 8.8 yards/attempt average. Mahomes was sacked 26 times in 16 games.
In 2019, Kafka continued in his role with Mahomes throwing over 4,000 yards, 26 touchdowns, had a 66% completion rate and 8.3 yards/attempt. Mahomes threw single-digit interceptions and was sacked only 17 times in 14 games. In the two games with Mahomes out due to injury, Matt Moore threw four touchdowns and had no interceptions. The Chiefs ranked sixth in passing yards and were tied for fifth in passing touchdowns and they had the fewest interceptions in the NFL.
Kafka has yet to be an offensive coordinator and the promotion could be good for his career especially if Jared Goff returns to his 2018 form. Kafka has learned under a great offensive coach in Andy Reid.