MIAMI – The fastest team in the NFL doesn't run out of expectations.
No sooner had the Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years than the players had hyped up a possible replay.
"This is the beginning of something," said Chris Jones. "It is a dynasty."
The Chiefs are the favorites to win Super Bowl 2021. How realistic is that?
The Patriots have visited nine Super Bowls and won six in the past 19 years – a circuit that is unique in the history of the NFL.
There were four consecutive champions in the first 14 Super Bowls – before there was a free agency – and six in the first 28, but only the Broncos (1997-98) and Patriots (2003-04) have made 25 years in the past , Four of the last five non-patriot Super Bowl winners failed to make it to the playoffs next season.
Here are the factors that contribute to the formation of a dynasty:
SALARY CAP SPACE
The Chiefs number 25 in 2020 in the area of salary caps ($ 18.9 million). You only have a few urgent free agent situations: signing (or franchising) Jones, the Super Bowl's unofficial defensive MVP, and likely restructuring the contract from Sammy Watkins.
Most of the core is signed until 2022.
It's time to break the bank for Patrick Mahomes. He is the No. 1 reason to think dynasty.
"Win another one," Mahomes said of the next one.
One of the main ingredients in the patriot dynasty is Tom Brady's willingness to be underpaid by market value due to other sources of income.
Mahomes earned less than $ 2 million in 2019. The low price results from the rookie wage scale. This is the reason why teams with young quarterbacks feel the urgency to win rather than build slowly.
The Chiefs used the savings to create a star-studded list, as their quarterback's cap was about 15 percent of what Matt Stafford cost the Lions. That will change as Mahomes expands and is likely to become the first NFL player with $ 40 million a year, leaving less money to spare.
The Seahawks remain competitive and pay Russell Wilson the highest dollar. So this is possible if Mahomes continues to improve his teammates and others need less money to play with the 24-year-old phenomenon.
With apologies to the child prodigies Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay, the Old Guard still rules.
Reid (221) no longer has the record for most regular season wins without a Super Bowl win. The next active head coach is Ron Rivera with only 79 career successes.
"I still like doing what I do," said Reid, 61,. "I have this young quarterback who makes life easier."
Attacking coordinator Eric Bienemy eventually becomes head coach, but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has already failed as head coach, so he could be there in the long run. GM Brett Veach is only 40.
The quarterback landscape is overdue for change. Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers may all be in the uniform they have been wearing since 2006 and have won six Super Bowls during this time.
No matter where Brady lands, he'll be a threat until he retires. Lamar Jackson and / or Deshaun Watson could be the foil that Peyton Manning was for Brady in its heyday. Aaron Rodgers and Wilson could be waiting in a Super Bowl.
The chiefs made their own choices in each of the first five rounds of the 2020 NFL draft and touched no capital on the 2021 draft. The selection at the end of each round is an inherent disadvantage, but the patriots have made a game of it (and won) by consistently declining to accumulate the amount and cushion of risk. The chiefs like to play with the characters' red flags to get talent.
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