The Kansas City Chiefs are several months removed from the disappointing Super Bowl 55 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to gear it up for another strong campaign eyeing a third straight Super Bowl berth. With that in mind, Mahomes just voiced what Chiefs fans want to hear.
Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs fall short in Super Bowl 55
The Chiefs entered the 2020 campaign with expectations through the roof after capturing their first Super Bowl title in five decades.
Kansas City looked every bit the part of the defending champion through the regular season, finishing with a league-best 14-2 record to secure the top AFC playoff seed. Mahomes strung together another remarkable campaign, ranking second with 4,740 passing yards, fourth with 38 touchdown passes to six interceptions and held a 108.2 passer rating.
Despite suffering a turf toe injury against the Cleveland Browns in the wildcard round, the star quarterback guided the Chiefs to a second straight Super Bowl appearance. Mahomes dominated the Buffalo Bills in the AFC championship game behind 29-of-38 completed passes for 325 yards, three touchdown passes, and a 127.6 passer rating.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, his performance helped him become the only player to have at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in three different conference championship games. However, Mahomes and the Chiefs fell well short in the lopsided 31-9 Super Bowl 55 loss to the Buccaneers.
Kansas City’s offense struggled to move the ball against Tampa Bay’s stout defense, leading to Mahomes’ first-ever NFL game without a touchdown passes. Beyond that, the loss sent the franchise into the offseason with a determined mindset.
Patrick Mahomes bluntly declares what he wants from the Chiefs
The Chiefs are several months removed from the crushing Super Bowl 55 loss, but it hasn’t changed the sentiment around the franchise.
Kansas City maintains the clear-cut focus geared toward returning to a third straight Super Bowl. That sentiment rang through Mahomes‘ recent appearance on The NFL Network as he voiced he ready to make another push to a second championship in 2021.
“The toe’s feeling great,” Mahomes said. “I’m out here playing golf, being able to walk around the course. I’ve been running, cutting, jumping, throwing, doing it all. So I’m just excited to get back to training camp and have another chance to make a run at it and win the Super Bowl this year.”
Mahomes’ offseason has been slightly different due to his recovery from turf toe surgery. He’s cleared all the medical hurdles as he’s moving smoothly through training camp without any physical limitations. However, the Chiefs will likely take the precautionary approach to avoid any setbacks before the upcoming campaign.
The question becomes whether the Chiefs made enough roster adjustments to lift them toward capturing a second Super Bowl title in the last three years.
Kansas City revamps roster to help Super Bowl push
With Mahomes under center, the Chiefs will always hold the chance to compete for the Super Bowl.
However, the front office made a concerted effort to reconfigure the offensive roster around its star quarterback. Kansas City revamped the offensive line by first parting ways with longtime starters Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. The team quickly transformed the unit by acquiring tackle Orlando Brown, guard Joe Thuney, guard Kyle Long, and center Austin Blythe.
These changes should help provide Mahomes with better protection to keep him upright and avoid injuries. It adds to the promising group of talent that will see the Chiefs compete for another Super Bowl.