Mahomes, Chiefs ready to go again after Super Bowl disappointment
Patrick Mahomes is healthy and ready to put last season's Super Bowl disappointment in the past as the Kansas City Chiefs open training camp
For Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, reminders of their blowout Super Bowl LVloss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been everywhere.
From Tom Brady's trophy toss during the Bucs' boat parade to Thursday's unveiling of Tampa Bay's massive Super Bowl rings, the champs have stayed in the spotlight throughout the off-season.
With training camp finally set to begin next week, though, the Chiefs are ready to clear the slate and move on.
"I think the best thing about getting to training camp is it all starts over," Mahomes said at a news conference Friday as the team's quarterbacks and rookies reported to camp.
"No matter how you ended the year before, you have to go in with the mindset of starting from scratch. We’re excited to do that and try and make another run at it.”
The Chiefs have made it to the final game two years in a row, with Mahomes taking MVP honors in their Super Bowl LIV triumph over the San Francisco 49ers.
To Mahomes, the path back to the Super Bowl starts immediately, not in the September 12 season opener against the Cleveland Browns.
"I think we’ve learned that if we put in the work now, that we’ll be where we want to be at the end of the season," he said.
"It’s about putting in the work right now, day by day, getting better and better so that at the end of the year you have no regrets about what you did in the season.”
Mahomes had surgery to repair a turf toe issue immediately following the Super Bowl but will be ready to go for training camp.
Head coach Andy Reid said his 25-year-old quarterback, already among the best in the league, has spent the off-season working to be even better and he expects more of the same in camp.
"He’s always looking for that next thing that makes him even better than what he is now, and that’s the part you love about him," Reid said. "He has that type of personality. He wants to be the best, and he’s not just talk."
The Chiefs are one of a handful of NFL teams who spend training camp away from their team headquarters, setting up shop at Missouri Western State University about 60 miles north of Kansas City.
Reid said the more secluded location helps eliminate distractions and he looks forward to watching his team bond along the way.
"We come up, it’s a time for camaraderie and bringing things together as a team. It’s hard work. There are no shortcuts obviously," he said.
"We’re going to try to make sure we cover everything we possibly can, but there’s this concentration of football that you take in here.
"You’re sleeping in a dorm, you’re eating over in the dorm and you’re doing all of that. You’re here and it’s football kind of 24/7 right now.”
After months spent rehashing what went wrong in Tampa Bay, that probably is the best thing possible for the Chiefs.