Monday, Jan 21, 2019. 6:13 PM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs came as close to their first Super Bowl appearance in 49 years, pushing the greatest dynasty in NFL history to overtime in the American Association Championship, Sunday. However, they will have to wait another 12 months to hope to realize this dream.
With Patrick Mahomes, who seems destined to lead the Chiefs offense for many years to come, and many talented players around him, the Chiefs believe they have the building blocks to be successful for a long period of time. Much like the New England Patriots did with Tom Brady as their leader.
Maybe Sunday’s loss to the Patriots was the start of something special.
“Every team will be different from year to year,” said Mahomes, who capped a phenomenal first season as a starting quarterback by racking up 295 yards through the air and completing three passes touchdown against New England.
“We have a lot of young players in this team. It hurts. It hurts us all, he added. We had opportunities in this match and during the season. We put the effort into it. We know it can be a cornerstone (for the future). It is something that, in the future, could carry us. »
The leaders of the Chiefs will have important decisions to make during the offseason. At the top of the list, they will have to decide whether to grant contract extensions to wideout Tyreek Hill and tackle Chris Jones.
They’ll also have to see if they’ll sign linebacker Dee Ford to a long-term deal or tag him as a franchise player.
The Chiefs will also have to tackle improving a defense that has struggled throughout the season and was unable to stop the Patriots in the second half and in overtime.
Bill Belichick’s squad won the toss before the start of extra period and raced across the field to score the game-winning touchdown without Mahomes and the NFL’s top offense touching the ball.
In the same vein, the Chiefs will have to consider the future of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, brilliant in his early years in Kansas City but who has struggled to assemble an effective unit in recent seasons.
And while head coach Andy Reid is used to being loyal to his coaching staff, it may be time to bring in a new voice to manage that aspect of the team.
“I never talk about that here,” Reid said Monday. I go back (to my office) and look at the whole situation. »
General manager Brett Veach will finally be able to rely on a first-round draft pick after the Chiefs traded last year’s pick for a better pick in 2017, which allowed them to select Mahomes, which no one at the Chiefs No regret.
Veach will also have two second-round selections after trading cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams.