Leadership can come in many different forms – whether it’s emotional, vocal or by example. The Chiefs seem to have quite a few vocal leaders, and even more players that lead by example.
But who is the heart and soul of the team? Who on the Kansas City Chiefs has the story that brings them all together to fight for a common cause?
Take a look at the Super Bowl, for instance. The Seahawks had so many “causes” that it became hard to keep up. Derrick Coleman is the first deaf player in the NFL. The entire defense seems to be full of late-round prospects and other teams’ castoffs. And then there’s Russell Wilson, who was passed on by every single team at least twice – the Jaguars took a freaking punter – over him.
The same can be said about the Broncos. From Peyton making his return to the big game after so many were convinced he wouldn’t play again, to the defense that was told they simply couldn’t get it done. These teams had something in them that was bigger than football. They had a cause. They had a reason to keep pushing even when it became tougher to do so.
But I’m not sure the Chiefs have that. I’m not sure the Chiefs have a cause that they’re fighting for. To win, in the NFL, simply isn’t enough. Not in a league in which the difference between winning and losing is so slim. To win – and I mean to really win – you have to have a cause that transcends the game. The team has to come together, rally around one another, and fight through adversity.