And when Chiefs head coach Andy Reid went to the podium Sunday night, his words matched their thought process.
“You want one, you wanna go get another one,” he said.
It took Reid 21 seasons as a head coach to accomplish the ultimate goal, but like Bill Belichick and Nick Saban — who have been known to talk about the next title immediately after winning one — he remains hungry.
“I ended up saying it right after [Super Bowl LIV], so I guess it clicked in pretty quick,” he explained on Tuesday. “Once you’ve been there and experience it, you want to go back. I was lucky enough when I was younger to coach at Green Bay that went to a couple of these.”
“There is an urgency that you feel to get back,” he explained. “You got to step back and relax for a minute and then it’s time to go. And you will be everybody’s best game when you win that.”
Back in the 1990s, the players had less freedom from the team in the offseason than they do nowadays, a fact that makes maintaining a team of championship caliber all the more difficult.
Reid, who has seen that shift during his more than two decades as head coach, understands that. He spent Tuesday meeting with an exit interview for every player and coach, providing them with an offseason calendar.
The rest of the effort — at least until the players return for offseason workouts — will fall on Reid.
“I know I’m going to work hard,” said Reid. “I’m in this building a lot, unlike the players that are out there amongst everybody. I think it is a lot easier for me or one of the coaches to stay focused because we spend so much time here. That part won’t change. I’m not going to change — I’ve been doing it a long time, so I’m not going to change that part.”
As it sounds, defending the championship will begin very soon — for Reid, maybe as soon as Thursday. Before then, he will take at least a day to celebrate with this year’s team in the championship parade.
“I can’t wait until [Wednesday],” he said. “I know it’s going to be cold and all that, but your juices are going — everybody in the city. I mean you’re talking over a million people. Schools are closed, businesses are closed. Let’s go man. Let’s enjoy it. It took us 50 years to get here — let’s go. Let’s go, have a good time. Keep the city intact — let’s not ruin what we got — but let’s enjoy the heck out of it.”
The parade concludes at Union Station around 1:30 p.m., where players and Reid will be afforded the opportunity speak to what is expected to be around 1.4 million Chiefs supporters. For all the time Reid has devoted to preparing, there won’t be any process for his speech.
“I normally let it go,” he said. “I talk from the heart when I talk — that’s how I roll.”
No matter what he ends up saying, it will be to resounding cheers. A championship is here, and a non-Patriots dynasty in the NFL has never felt more in the works.