The Kansas City Chiefs just had another Super Bowl celebration, having won it twice in the last four seasons. Not only have they made it to the AFC Championship Game five straight seasons, but they’ve hosted all of them and won three of them.
Success runs through Chiefs Kingdom, and with head coach Andy Reid and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, there’s no intention of it going away anytime soon.
But can we officially call this Chiefs team a dynasty? Mahomes still doesn’t believe it, but he knows what it takes to cement that right to be called one.
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«I think we’re at the beginning of one. I think, in dynasties, I always say you have to win three,» Mahomes told CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones at the Chiefs’ training camp.
«Our job is to do everything we can to win as many as we can and not have any regrets when we come off the field. I think if we keep the mindset we have, we can look back at the end of our career, and then we can decide whether we were a dynasty or not.»
There is no mistaking what Mahomes said in both accounts. For one thing, this story is a hot topic in the NFL because the Chiefs have proven to be one of the best teams in the league, if not the best, year after year.
But at the same time, teams like the New England Patriots since 2001, the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s, and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s would all have something to say about being a dynasty. Those rigs weren’t just the best, they had all the hardware you could think of at the end of the day.
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The Steelers won four titles between 1975 and 1980. The Packers won the NFL title six times between 1960 and 1967 with Vince Lombardi, for whom the championship trophy is named. And of course the Patriots, led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, have won it six times.
Now, there’s no question that Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in the league to have helped push the Chiefs to this position to be considered the next dynasty. In just six NFL seasons, he’s won two league MVPs, two Super Bowl MVPs, two first-team All-Pro honors and made five Pro Bowls while clinching two Super Bowl titles in the process.
So what keeps you motivated each year?
«Just learning not to be satisfied,» he explained. «Even in the last streak we had where we lost in the Super Bowl, I feel like we won a lot of games and in the end, we just didn’t have enough. I think this year we need to know that even if we’re winning games, even if we’re having early success, we’ve got to keep building.»
Mahomes’ grind is real, and his teammates thrive off of it. Every great that has come and gone in the game, especially at quarterback, has said an iteration of what you just mentioned about not being satisfied.
But Mahomes will also tell you that he’s nothing without his coaches and teammates. Even when Tyreek Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins, the Chiefs prevailed as the best offense in the league. Injuries happen every week in the NFL, and the Chiefs still manage to get the job done, whether it’s riding to victory or fighting a tough AFC opponent to win.
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Mahomes says the practices, just like the ones he’ll participate in during training camp, lay the foundation that makes game days feel easier.
«You just have to motivate the guys in practice every day,» he said. «We had a lot of young guys last year win the Super Bowl, and I remember being in that position early in my career. You just think it’s going to happen. But you have to remind those guys that it’s a new year every year.»
With Reid keeping Mahomes on his toes each week with different game calls, and Mahomes being a wizard at quarterback, the Chiefs head into the 2023 season as the team to beat once again.
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That likely won’t change as long as the No. 15 sits below center in red and gold.