The nucleus of this Chiefs team – players such as Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Jamaal Charles, and Brandon Flowers – have been through a lot together over the last several seasons.
They have experienced both division titles and 2-14 seasons. Derrick Johnson has played for five different head coaches in his nine seasons with the team. They have been through rough times together, such as having to suffer through the tragic suicide of teammate Javon Belcher in 2012. They shocked the world in 2013, going 11-5 when hardly anyone thought they would even make the playoffs. These guys have been through more together the last seven or eight seasons than most players go through in a career.
So, what makes this group of players, and sports in general, so special is the relationship they have formed with Chiefs’ fans during their career. Twenty years from now, we will look back on these prior seven or eight seasons and fondly reminisce on the way that these guys showed out for the team, week in and week out.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article describing how the Chiefs must continue to progress this offseason in order to ensure that 2014 is more successful than the 2013 campaign. What I did not mention though is the growing importance of the next few seasons, as more and more players continue to age, and possibly, regress in ability.