Stats not always the story



June 19, 2019 - 11:05 AM

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes answers questions during a news conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Jan. 16. JOHN SLEEZER/KANSAS CITY STAR/TNS

Fifty years ago this summer, the Chiefs entered training camp with what my friend Michael MacCambridge in his book “America’s Game” called “a sense of purpose verging on a crusade” after a 41-6 playoff loss to the Oakland Raiders.

With a coach (Hank Stram) and eight players who would later be installed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, (including six defenders with the upcoming induction of safety Johnny Robinson), they went on to win Super Bowl IV over the Minnesota Vikings.

It remains to be seen what the collective frame of mind will be when the Chiefs report to this training camp in late July in the wake of their first whiff of a Super Bowl since, an overtime loss to New England in the AFC Championship game.

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