Okay, my apologies, I do lean a touch towards the dramatic side of things, so perhaps “revenge” is too strong a word, but there is absolutely no doubt that Mahomes will be playing every snap of 2021 with a chip on his shoulder.
The last time we saw Mahomes on a football field, he was not jumping and yelling with sheer jubilation with his teammates after a second consecutive Super Bowl victory. He was limping off the field of defeat after only scoring 9 points against a Tom Brady led Buccaneers team that the Chiefs had boat raced and defeated only a few weeks before in that very stadium. You don’t need a degree in sports psychology to know that something like that will put a chip on a guy’s shoulder. Especially one as fiercely competitive as Patrick Mahomes. The last thing the other teams in the league want is a Patrick Mahomes with a chip on his shoulder of any size.
No one has ever questioned Mahomes’s motivation before, but every time we have seen Mahomes delt a hard loss, such as losing to Brady in New England his first year as a starter 43-40, or losing to Brady again in the AFC championship that same year, he has came storming back with a vengeance and not allowed it to happen a second time.
In 2019 he would beat Brady in New England and become AFC champion for 2019 and 2020, proving as if we needed it, that Mahomes will not take defeat lying down.
Now, Mahomes is the constant professional, and has never let anything about the way he conducts himself become petty, but we all remember that rainy game against the Chicago bears, the team that passed up on Mahomes to select Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 overall pick? If your memory is fuzzy, during that game Mahomes ran into the end zone for the TD, flashing ten fingers as he did so, symbolizing that he was the No. 10 pick in the aforementioned draft, showing that while Mahomes is nothing but professional, he doesn’t forget and he will carry it with himThat is the Mahomes that will be taking the snaps in 2021.
Now you have a Mahomes and an entire Chiefs team who suffered a great loss only months ago, and Mahomes and the Chiefs shall not rest until they have put things right and reclaimed that lombardi trophy.