The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a bad loss in Super Bowl LV, but that won’t break this team.
Kansas City Chiefs fans aren’t used to seeing their team lose like they did this past Sunday. To lose by double digits and not even score a single touchdown is a really big deal for this team. Unlike most games over the last two to three years, this game seemed to feel out of reach for most of it. This just wasn’t the same Chiefs team that Chiefs Kingdom is used to watching.
Aside from a few games, the 2020 Chiefs didn’t look like a focused and disciplined football team. It seemed as though their coaching and talent were always just good enough to overcome their flaws that showed up from week to week. One week the offense wasn’t on the same page and the next week the defense lacked fire, but for the most part, they were able to get the job done.
It wasn’t until Super Bowl Sunday that these flaws all hit at once.
From the injuries along the offensive line to the penalties to the inconsistent defense, Sunday’s game put it all on display. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can brag all they want, but Kansas City lost this game more than Tampa Bay won it. And odd as it may seem, that should be encouraging to Chiefs fans. There’s a reason that the Chiefs are already favored to win the 2021 Super Bowl.
Despite such a big loss, the Kansas City Chiefs are still a better team than the other 31 across the league.
It’s not uncommon that a Super Bowl winner won’t even make the playoffs the next season. Not only did the Chiefs make the playoffs, but they secured the No. 1 seed and even advanced to the Super Bowl for the second straight year. After going 16-3 total, the Chiefs didn’t quite experience the Super Bowl hangover like a lot of teams do.
That’s why this loss won’t break this team. They are built for long-term success and have the ammunition to back it up. They will return again with one of the league’s most talented rosters in 2021. They’ll have some holes to fill, especially on the offensive line, but they retain all of their biggest names headed into next season. That’s a definite luxury as teams head into an offseason where the salary cap is set to decrease significantly.
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Bringing back a lot of talent isn’t the only reason that they’ll continue to be successful. It’s really about who the talent is on this team and the mentality that they’ll come back with, namely Patrick Mahomes. There’s no question the level of competitiveness that this quarterback brings to the table and he’ll raise the standard for his teammates as they seek to reclaim Super Bowl glory again.
Just imagine a young recording-setting quarterback who has taken the league by storm and his team to two straight Super Bowls and he hasn’t even reached his prime yet. You can bet that this loss on the world’s biggest stage will pour an incredible amount of fuel on his fire and the fire of those around him.
It’s hard to imagine the rest of the league has an answer to an even more focused and fired up Mahomes. Thankfully, he’ll have reinforcements on the field and on the sideline.
Fortunately, for the Chiefs, the key parts of their coaching staff are set to return as well. Led by a future Hall of Fame coach in Andy Reid, this team will find a new focus headed into next season.
While the Super Bowl LV loss was a bad one, it most definitely won’t break this team. They’ll be back and better than ever and the rest of the NFL better get ready.