If you watched the final minutes of the Super Bowl or the aftermath of it all, one thing is very clear: these Chiefs were very, very emotional after the game. It was the chippy play on the field. It was the attitude that kept going even with a game out of reach. It was found in the faces of those who were tasked with post-game press conferences.
If there were any worries that the Chiefs were coasting along, if they seemed entitled in any way, that facade is now long gone.
These Chiefs players, coaches, and executives now clearly realize how difficult it is to repeat—that all of those maxims in NFL circles are real. It’s hard to win year after year in this league. The game really is won and lost in the trenches. Dynasties are so rare because it’s impossible to stay at the top.
After the game, several Chiefs players made it clear that they have found a new motivation moving forward, that they’ve gained a hunger for another championship after coming so close to establishing a true dynasty. Many players want to right the wrongs displayed on Sunday, to make up for mistakes and miscues on the grandest stage of all.
The players are clearly motivated to do the work and get back here next season, as hard as that will be to accomplish. That’s a good takeaway going forward.