It’s easy to look at the KC Chiefs and point to them as being the defending Super Bowl champs as to why fans should be optimistic in 2020.
While yes, typically the reigning Super Bowl champion is favored to win it all again the very next year, sometimes it’s not that easy for some reigning Super Bowl champions.
Take the 2015 Denver Broncos for instance.
After going to their second Super Bowl in three years and finally winning it in the 2015 season, the Broncos lost their quarterback to retirement. Several key members of that smothering defense left for greener pastures and the Broncos suddenly weren’t the same team anymore.
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Fortunately, that’s nowhere close to being the case for the KC Chiefs.
First and foremost, they have Patrick Mahomes locked up for the next decade, so that’s going to keep them at the top of the contention list year in and year out.
Secondly, the Chiefs are very lucky that they had just two members of their starting roster from a season ago depart this offseason. Only two. Those two were Kendall Fuller and Reggie Ragland, as Fuller went to Washington and Ragland headed north to Detroit. Fuller is a big loss, but the Chiefs should be able to manage just fine without Ragland.
Maurice Moton of Bleacher Report summed it up best in his article about the biggest reason for optimism for each NFL team when he said this,
"At times, success can break up Super Bowl teams. Some players want more money while others seek bigger roles or both. Kansas City will run it back with much of the same roster that won all the glory."
The financial aspect is obviously a big component too.
The Chiefs were incredibly fortunate that Mahomes and Chris Jones were patient with them and wanted to stay with the team who drafted them. It’d have been easy for Jones to have requested a trade or thrown a hissy fit when the Chiefs didn’t immediately give him the kind of deal he wanted, but he was patient and it paid off – literally.
Not only did both of these players get paid, but Brett Veach did it in a way where it doesn’t cripple this franchise moving forward. Kole Berrey discussed Veach’s brilliance as the general manager in an article published this past weekend.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be Super Bowl favorites for the next decade because of their quarterback, but the reason they’re the odds on favorites again for the 2020 season is because virtually their entire 2019 roster stayed together.
The rest of the league has a lot of catching up to do.