Head coach Andy Reid thanked fans for their support and promised there would be more to celebrate in the future.
”Next year, we’re coming right back here,” Reid said to the crowd gathered outside Kansas City’s Union Station. “One more time baby, one more time.”
The 2015 Royals used the previous year’s near-miss as emotional fuel to power their way to the best record in the AL, going 95-67 to take the AL Central by 12 full games. But the 2019 Chiefs used their near-miss as a stepping stone in a far more tangible way: They tore down and rebuilt the defense that had wasted an MVP performance by Mahomes. Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was fired and replaced by Steve Spagnuolo, the architect of the 2007 Giants defense that had held the 18-0 Patriots to 14 points in one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets of all time. Justin Houston was allowed to leave; Eric Berry wasn’t re-signed; Dee Ford was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. In their place, the Chiefs signed Tyrann Mathieu as a free agent and traded substantial draft capital to acquire Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks.
It was a nightmare San Francisco is still reliving.
”I watched the Super Bowl at least five or six times, and it’s like when you watch a movie like the Titanic and hope the ship doesn’t sink, and the ship sinks over and over,” receiver Emmanuel Sanders said Wednesday, per Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.
This Titanic didn’t hit an iceberg, it was run over by a Mahomes in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback trade-ups are worth it. While we’re there, think about this: In the 2016 and ’17 drafts, four teams dealt away future first-rounders to get quarterbacks in the top 10. Two of those four have won championships (Philly and Kansas City), three of the four have made the Super Bowl (the Rams), and the other team (Houston) has advanced in the playoffs.
4. “Luck” is awesome
I’m a firm believer that you make your own luck, but it’s sure nice when things line up for you as well. Entering Week 17, the Chiefs were looking at the No. 3 seed and potentially having to go through red-hot Tennessee, New England, and Baltimore, the latter two on the road. Then, the Dolphins beat the Patriots, so the Chiefs got a bye. When the Titans took out the Patriots and then the Ravens, that ensured Kansas City hosted the AFC title game.
On Super Bowl Sunday, things again went their way. A questionable OPI call on Kittle took points off the board. Mahomes fumbled twice, which were both recovered by Kansas City. The snap on the trick play was bad, but it didn’t cost them. Garoppolo missed wide receivers. Garoppolo also appeared to get hit a few times in a manner that could, some would argue should, have resulted in an unnecessary roughness.
Even though it felt like the Chiefs’ time, they also finished the job, which is most important.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs will keep their first-round draft pick.
That might not sound bold, but the Chiefs have traded theirs in each of the past two years, and general manager Brett Veach likes to deal. But with a contract extension for quarterback Patrick Mahomes looming this year, the Chiefs, who own the No. 32 pick, need all the good, young and cheap talent they can get their hands on. — Adam Teicher
In an interview with NFL Network, he explained what it’s been like as a lifelong Chiefs fan. “It’s kinda soul-crushing disappointment every year in a new and unique way, and then you also kind of just get the feeling like no one else in the league is really noticing,” Rudd said.
Snubbing the youngest quarterback to ever hoist the Lombardi trophy? That’s messed up, man.
While most Chiefs fans are probably thinking that general manager Brett Veach would never allow such a thing — and that the team would prefer the superstar be covered in Bubble Wrap for the duration of the offseason to ward off injury — Mahomes, 24, wouldn’t be the first active NFL player to partake in the event.
Nope, back in 2008, Hall of Famer Terrell Owens actually won NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP honors just days after playing in the Pro Bowl. Also, it’s worth noting that Mahomes can hoop.
Around the NFL
Sources said the new CBA, as proposed by the owners, would be a 10-year deal and would raise the players’ share of league revenue from 47% to 48.5%, with the possibility to go higher if and when the owners expand the regular season to 17 games. The earliest the league would begin a 17-game schedule would be 2021. The proposed deal would give the owners a three-year window from 2021-23 to execute their option to expand the season.
4) DENVER BRONCOS: Although Courtland Sutton had a breakout campaign in 2019, losing veteran Emmanuel Sanders midway through the season via trade hurt. The Broncos have a good ground attack and defense but need another dynamic playmaker in the pass game for QB Drew Lock. Why not sign Cooper? He would certainly improve this unit and do well in a situation where he doesn’t have to be the No. 1 guy, pairing with another Pro Bowl-caliber player like Sutton to form a nightmare duo. The only thing I don’t like about Cooper being in Denver is he’d be in the AFC West (sorry, Derek).
Why you should support the St. Louis BattleHawks
Um, duh. They have the best name in the XFL. And one of the coolest logos. And if you like cities that have a little something extra to prove because they were abandoned by an NFL team, St. Louis is your team. Also, the BattleHawks are the only XFL team to play in a dome (The Dome, as they call it), so hopefully fan support means loud home games.
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“It’s been a long time coming because what did we do? We had to fight for our right to party!”
The crowd sung along.
“21 years, how about that? 21 years,” Kelce said. “Y’all know what that means? Everybody here’s thinking, ‘Oh that’s when I can legally get a drink. No! 21 years, that’s how long it’s just been turning for my guy Andy Reid.”
Kelce began grunting, almost as if he was in pain.
“It’s just been turning and turning and turning, and what we do?” he asked. “We unleashed a can of whoop ass on everybody! 24 to nothing? I ain’t trying to hear it! Down 10? I ain’t trying to hear it! Fourth quarter, six and whatever left on the clock, down 10? We got Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid baby.”
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