The Kansas City Chiefs were able to reminisce about their Super Bowl triumph for months, and last week they got their hands on the final crowning event in the form of the championship rings. By this Thursday at the latest, the serious day-to-day business will start again and with it the big title defense project!
The Houston Texans will then make a guest appearance at Arrowhead Stadium and, together with the champions, open the new NFL season. It is undoubtedly a very special one, as it is overshadowed by the global Covid 19 pandemic and brings with it a number of new challenges. The Chiefs do not want to be distracted from their sporting goals.
No Super Bowl champion has been able to defend his title since the New England Patriots in 2004, only two champions made it into the NFL final the following year. History may be a powerful adversary at times, but as it stands, Kansas City’s chances of breaking the recent historical trend are not bad.
Chiefs rely on continuity in the offseason
In the summer, apart from the restrictions due to the pandemic, pretty much everything that could run smoothly went smoothly. With quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce, defensive tackle Chris Jones, head coach Andy Reid and general manager Brett Veach, all the pillars of the team received new contracts, so that the franchise can look to the immediate future with confidence.
Otherwise there were few personnel changes, which was a big plus in an offseason with modified preparation. “If you can choose a year in which you can keep as many players as possible, then it is certainly this season,” said Brett Veach happily about the continuity. “The team chemistry that the guys have will be a huge advantage for us.”
Pat Mahomes is the new face of the NFL
With a certain Patrick Mahomes as quarterback, the Chiefs would have handled a complete roster turnaround. The first player to win the MVP titles of the league and the Super Bowl before his 25th birthday has been the face of the entire NFL since 2020 at the latest and with him behind the center the Chiefs can count on chances for the title every year.
The new role of the hunted should not be a problem for him either. “Pat lives for these pressures,” says Right Tackle Mitchell Schwartz of his quarterback. “I’ve never seen him nervous or excited. He’s always ready to show himself off and lead us. A really special guy.” The rest of the NFL should agree.
The Chiefs-Defense also sets an example
The dreaded Chiefs offense could even take him one step further this season. Rookie runner Clyde Edwards-Helaire will cause a number of linebackers nightmares, the young receiver Mecole Hardman has a lot of potential and Andy Reid will, as usual, set at a rapid pace. The latter already took the breath away from one or the other newcomer in the training camp.
Many see a weak point once again in the defense, but on closer inspection the “chiefs” are now sitting relatively firmly in the saddle. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s unit kept the opponents at only 19.3 points per game last year and, despite supposedly unspectacular cornerbacks, allowed a completion percentage of just 60.4 percent (top five in the NFL). And that despite the fact that Spagnuolo joined the team last season.
A real Achilles heel sounds somehow different, especially when you look at it in combination with the strong offense. So it’s no wonder that the Kansas City Chiefs have justified hopes for another offseason full of fond memories. This time minus the pandemic, of course …