There has not been a repeat champion for 17 years, the last being the 2003-2004 Patriots. How fitting that the Kansas City Chiefs face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady, who led the last consecutive title team in New England.
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is building what people could call a “dynasty.” If they were to win a second straight Super Bowl, everyone would be asking, “are the Chiefs the next ‘Patriots’?”
It all starts with the head man, a BYU grad who is considered one of, if not the best offensive mind in the game of football today. Patrick Mahomes owes a lot of his explosive production to the tutelage, guidance and system Reid created in KC.
If Reid can beat Tampa Bay, he will thrust himself into everyone’s debate among the greatest NFL coaches of all-time. For a while, Andy Reid held the title of “best coach in NFL history without a title.” Now that he has checked that box, he is moving into rarified air. He currently sits at sixth all-time in wins as a head coach in the NFL. Four of the five men ahead of him and the one he recently passed (Paul Brown) are all inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The other one is Bill Belichick.
Only 13 head coaches have ever won multiple Super Bowls and just seven have done it back-to-back. Reid has a chance to make some serious history. His bust already is likely headed to Canton for the Hall of Fame but beating the Buccaneers would absolutely seal it.
On the defensive side, Sorensen has been a staple in the secondary, taking the second-most defensive snaps of anyone on the roster this season. He set a new career high with 91 tackles during the regular season and tied his best career mark with three interceptions, including a pick-six. Brady and Tampa Bay’s offense pose big problems for Sorensen and his crew. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski are big threats in the passing game and Sorensen will have to personally deal with all of them. He too, is in search of back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
The last BYU alum to be on a back-to-back Super Bowl run with the same team was Steve Young with the 1988-1989 49ers. It is a rare feat.
They face their biggest test yet in Tom Brady and Tampa Bay. This is a historic matchup. Andy Reid has faced Brady in the Super Bowl once already and lost, in Super Bowl XXXIX, between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. Now, 16 years later, they stand in each other’s way once more.
If you are a BYU fan who does not have allegiances to the Tampa Bay Bucs in Super Bowl LV or if you are not a bitter Raiders, Broncos or Chargers fan, it’s pretty easy to root for the Chiefs in this one.