The Kansas City Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl Champions and they deserve every accolade they’re getting. After a devastating AFC Championship Game loss at home in 2018, a Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes injury in 2019, a 21-0 comeback in the playoffs against Houston Texans, and of course playing from behind for most of Super Bowl 54, the Chiefs Kingdom have every right to soak in the ultimate accomplishment.
Patrick Mahomes is an absolute stud, and at this point it’s undeniable that Patrick Mahomes is the best current and the future quarterback of the NFL, despite what some desperate Baltimore Ravens fans may think. - Chiefs Kingdom, I want to extend my congratulations to you, I want you to enjoy this offseason, but I need you to stop using the word dynasty, one championship in 50 years does not entitle you to use words like dynasty.
After the Philadelphia Eagles started their self proclaimed dynasty in 2017, three time Super Bowl Champion Teddy Bruschi said “It takes more than dog masks and trick plays to win back to back championships”. The Eagles dynasty never formulated, and though Bruschi’s words don’t necessarily reflect this current Chiefs team, there are lessons in his statement that the Chiefs organization and their fans should pay attention to.
In order for any team, no matter how talented to win a Super Bowl, everything has to work perfectly. When you break down any former champion, there is always a roadmap to break down where things could have gone horribly wrong, the Patriots, Eagles, Broncos, Seahawks, and yes even the Chiefs all had things work in their favor in order for them to be crowned World Champions.
In order for the Chiefs to actually become the next dynasty of the NFL, the roadmap needs to lead them in the right direction, and things are already going wrong.
Let me first say this, if any team had the best chance of winning back to back championships, it’s this year's Kansas City Chiefs team. They were able to retain mostly all of the same team who hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, and teams like the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins aren’t quite ready to start challenging the Chiefs. That leaves only the Texans, Ravens, and possibly the Cam Newton led Patriots in their way, but they have a pretty good chance at a repeat. But, winning back to back championships doesn’t equal dynasty.
Just in case anybody in the Kingdom is confused, the agreed upon definition of a dynasty is: “In the world of sports, a "dynasty" is a team that has exhibited excellence over a considerable period of time. In order to be considered a "dynasty", a team is usually required to win at least three titles over a short period of time.”
The 2020 season should be or could be a great year for Kansas City. 2021 and beyond gets a little more dicey. Brett Veach shocked the football world by extending Patrick Mahomes to a ten year half a billion dollar contract, and extended Chris Jones. I believe that players will take discounts to play for the Chiefs and have a chance to win Super Bowls. But, COVID-19 has affected the economics of the NFL, and there are rumours that the 2021 salary cap could be reduced by $50 - 70 million. That’s an instant dynasty killer. Guys will take discounts, but they’re not going to work for minimum wage, and for the Chiefs, they’ll be in the reds before they even re-sign a single free agent.
Away from economics, can the Chiefs expect to trail in every important game and keep coming back? Did the Chiefs defense take a big step forward towards the end of last season, or did they get hot when it really mattered? Call me a hater (if you’re a Chiefs fan you will), but I don’t see the sustainability of the Chiefs defense. They have great players, just not enough. The Chiefs will be an offensive team that will need to out score their opponents, but at some point the weather will be bad, or the other defense will be too good, and the dynasty ends.
Could the Chiefs be the next dynasty of the NFL? Of course they could, but if I was a Chiefs fan, I wouldn’t be strutting around claiming my dominance just yet, otherwise, you may end up looking just as fooling as the Eagles fan base.
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