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Will the Kansas City Chiefs Win the Super Bowl Again This Year?

by sophiajames

The NFL season opener is wonderful because it gives each of the 32 teams a fresh start. That being said, each brand-new season starts with one franchise standing in for the league’s gold standard, and in 2023, that franchise is the Kansas City Chiefs.

In a nutshell, Kansas City is the current Super Bowl victor. However, the Chiefs have actually accomplished much — MUCH — more than that. This team is currently in the midst of a dynastic run that has seen it host five straight AFC Championship Games and make three Super Bowl trips (winning two Lombardi Trophies in the process).

Even though the Chiefs are used to being the prey, maintaining their position atop the mountain is still difficult. So how does the current superpower handle a fresh campaign?

As the former vice president of player personnel for the New England Patriots, a team that arguably had two separate dynasties (2001 through ’07 and 2011 through ’18) over nearly two full decades with Bill Belichick as head coach and Tom Brady as quarterback, I am quite familiar with that crucible. When the club won three Super Bowls in four years in the early 2000s, I was in New England for the first dynastic run, and let me tell you: It ain’t easy being the team everyone else keeps wanting to copy.

The crown-wearing head is hefty. Three primary strategies for surviving life on the throne that I learned from my experiences in New England are:

Incorporate expectations management throughout the company. The entire organization needs to be aware that this year is unrelated to last year’s. Your opponents will differ even if the roster is the same every year.

Be confident without becoming arrogant or complacent. These latter two characteristics can occasionally be bred by success, and in this case, peer and locker room leadership frequently takes precedence over coaching staff leadership. True leaders in the locker room (other than the quarterback) keep the club going ahead.

Recognize that unknowable factors will be at play. Unfortunately, injuries tend to dominate this. The organization will then fully understand the value of its developmental program and roster depth.

“Some people read novels, I look at plays,” says Andy Reid of his off-season activities.

As an executive, I discovered that adhering to the team-building process was the greatest overall strategy for addressing these concerns. Whether we were attempting to lift our first Lombardi Trophy or our fourth, the internal pressure to succeed was just as intense in New England. The expectation was to win, period.

That required making sure that the systems and procedures put in place to ultimately enable our success did not get in the way of our success. In reality, our scouting manual’s goal statement, which Ernie Adams and I spent time crafting in June 2000, stated that we were constructing a football team that was “big, strong, fast, tough, smart, and disciplined” and that “consistently competes for championships.” We were able to continue to be successful because of an approach that focused more on the process than the outcome. It also assisted our Patriots teams in avoiding the dangers that always arise over each season.

A straightforward but dangerous pitfall is when teams think that matching their performance from the previous year is sufficient. As proven by the fact that the NFL has only ever had a repeat Super Bowl champion eight times in its existence, it’s rarely — if ever — enough. Another very real trap is that while a championship team has a shorter offseason, demands from the organization and other parties increase.

Free football picks published recently that as good as the Chiefs are, the odds are against them winning it all again. Even though they are favorites to win it all, they are 4 or 5/1 odds which alone implies that there is only a 20% chance of them winning it all again.

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