(Editor’s Note: Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Arrowhead Pride. To help celebrate the holiday, our senior contributor, Matt Stagner, has four Kansas City Chiefs declarations for the 2021 season.)
- The Chiefs have declared independence from subpar offensive line play. In the course of a season that ended badly, it becomes necessary to dissolve the contractual bands that connect a team with the bulk of their linemen and assume the powers of a new starting five. It started with adding a Patriot (Joe Thuney), then building a more perfect union up front to take this team in a new direction — a direction that includes more power and the ability to impose their own will on defenses.
- We hold this truth to be self-evident that not all quarterbacks are created equal. Patrick Mahomes was endowed by his Creator with certain God-given talents that could make him the greatest of all time. To secure his rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of Lombardi trophies, the Chiefs have continued to build around Mahomes, providing new Guards for his future security. The Chiefs know their championship window is open with Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, Clyde and others, and they appear determined not to waste it.
- The Chiefs have declared confidence in their young secondary. By letting Bashaud Breeland leave and not adding to the cornerback room in any significant way, the declaration is clear— the Chiefs believe in L’Jarius Sneed. Whether he plays inside, outside, or (more likely) a combination of both to allow him to continue to be a playmaker all over the defensive backfield, Sneed appears ready to officially be the president of the cornerback group. But the team also seems confident in Rashad Fenton to take on a more significant role this season. While those two plus Charvarius Ward are relatively known quantities, what isn’t known yet is just how much the Chiefs can get out of DeAndre Baker and Mike Hughes. But, the plan is clearly to bestow upon these young corners the powers to cover, intercept, and tackle — and to mutually pledge the defense’s fortunes and honor to the concept of going young and cheap at cornerback.
- There will be fireworks. The 2013 Denver Broncos still hold the record for most points in a season (606), but the Chiefs will have 17 games with a new offensive line and a chip on their shoulder to challenge it. Whether they topple that record, or go 20-0, or exceed the success of the 2018 Chiefs offense, they’ll have every opportunity and motivation to light up the league this season, and it’s going to be fun to watch.
So, sit back, enjoy your Fouth of July weekend, and imagine the fireworks at Arrowhead stadium this fall. It won’t be long now.