Adam TeacherESPN staff writer4 minutes to read
street. Joseph, Mo. Eight NFL franchises have won back-to-back Super Bowl championships but none since The New England Patriots did so after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Patrick Mahomes said the Kansas City Chiefs are focused on ending that streak and winning a second straight title.
“Everyone is driven by that,” Mahomes said Tuesday while reporting for a training camp at Western Missouri State University. The Chiefs begin a three-day camp for their starting quarterbacks and juniors on Wednesday with full team training starting Sunday.
“You have to be excited to do it again. When you have this show, when you go through an unofficial phase that you went through, you want to do it again,” said Mahomes. “You only get those opportunities by winning the Super Bowl. And for us, we want to make sure that we can build and try to win the Super Bowl again because that moment, that feeling is something I just wanted to have every single time you get a chance.” To do that. ”
The Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles in February in Super Bowl LVII. They also won Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers in 2020, but failed to repeat as champions by losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. Mahomes said the Chiefs reached the playoffs in the 2020 season after winning 14 of their first 15 games.
Mahomes said: “I think this time around I’m going to really try to push and motivate the guys to keep trying to improve even though we win football games. Let’s not be satisfied with just winning. [but also] Find ways to get better every week.
“Whenever you get that opportunity, don’t let it squander. You really take advantage of it and it’s hard. I think it’s going to be the hardest it’s ever been. … When you look at the AFC, there’s almost every team you can see a path for them to get to the playoffs. “I know I say it every year, but I think this year is for real. We know it’s going to be a challenge for us week after week, let’s get better and try to win as many football games as possible and put ourselves in that position.”
Mahomes said he was anxious to test the ankle he injured during the divisional playoff game over the Jacksonville Jaguars and it bothered him through the Super Bowl.
He said, “It feels great. I think even going in.” [offseason practice]I’m still a little shy about running, cutting, and doing things like that, but as I get closer to the mini and the OTA phase later, I’ve regained confidence in my ankles.
“I’ll make sure he’s ready to go and I think I’m in good shape with him.”
Coach Andy Reid said team chiefs will soon decide if bringing back Isiah Pacheco will start camp on the injured list or be able to participate. Pacheco, who led the Chiefs in rushing last season as a junior and ran for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl, had surgery during his break for hand and shoulder injuries.
Regarding Pacheco’s availability at the start of the regular season, Reid said, “I think we’ll have enough time, but let’s see how it goes.”
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