It is quite difficult to defend a championship in any pro sport. In a world full of alpha athletes, you become a victim, one who other great teams and players – all of whom, by nature, are far more competitive than you or I can even dream of – measure up against themselves.
So far this is far more pronounced than in the NFL, which has the most physical team sports in the US. And 16 games of falling prey to getting the best shots of other people is, well, dry. Especially in today’s game, where players have never been bigger, stronger and faster.
This is just one reason why we have not seen an NFL team win back-to-back championships since the 2003-2004 Patriots. This is just as tough in the NFL, where parity is supreme.
Enter the 2020 season, The Kansas City chiefs had the best chances of repeating in any team’s recent memory. He has a Hall of Fame coach (Andy Reid), a generation quarterback with postseason chops like Michael Jordan.Patrick Mahomes) and, oh yes, 18 returning starters from last year’s Super Bowl winning group.
His continuity also played well in the 14–2 regular season, with he saying “that’s why we’re f *** ing champs” Swagger – inspired by the inevitable Kansas City victory spirit whenever the game was close – To an extent we haven’t seen since the ’04 Patriots and ’98 Broncos, back-to-back champs that also went 14-2.
When the chiefs check all the boxes for a back-to-back contender, another element is needed, which was tested on Sunday and is going forward. And that is luck.
No team can win anything of importance without an element of it, especially in a league where game-changing injuries occur around every corner. Neither the ’98 Broncos’ nor the ’04 Patriots would have won anything in the years in which they had starting quarterbacks Tom Brady and John Elway hurt in the playoffs.
On Sunday, the spirit of the chiefs was tested. However, he took care of business in the division round, a 22–17 nail-biting win over an ascending Cleveland team with a bright future, surviving late without the Mahomes, who left the game in the third quarter One was rated for the concussion and eventually ruled for the rest of the game.
Reid later told reporters, “He crashed into the back of the head and was injured by a gust of wind.” “He’s doing very well right now, which is a real positive, all deals need to be passed so that he passes. We’ll see where it goes from here.”
When pressed for more, Reid said: “I talked to him – he’s doing well. We’ll see how he is tomorrow but he feels good right now.”
What does this mean for the Mahomes’ availability next Sunday against the Buffalo in the AFC Championship game? Who knows. He was getting up from the hit before he went back to the locker room. Reid and teammates were not devastated at postman Zoom Calls, for whatever it is worth.
If there is a way Mahomes can play, he will. The term “warrior” has been used to describe him by those who know him – he takes pride in playing with pain – and Mahomes was tweeting a lot after the game, A sign that will hopefully appear as people feel fine to him.
So now, Kansas City is waiting on the state of the Mahomes to breathe for word. If the news is good, and the Mahomes can play against the Bills, that news will be seen as the latest adversity they took on their journey. Along the way the Chiefs found a way to win Sunday without him, thanks to some clever play calls by Reid, some mournful play by backup Chad Henne and a defenseman who stepped into the clutch.
If he plays this way, no one on the Chiefs – or any Chief Fans, for that matter – should accept it. The harder thing than winning only one Super Bowl is winning two straight, and to do it, a team needs talent, great coaching and luck, especially for the injury variety.
Very soon, we will learn that if the chiefs have enough of that last ingredient to feed a couple more bullets in a march towards history.
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