The Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs are playing in Super Bowl 57. Based on each team, what are some lessons that we can learn from each club? To me, it’s pretty clear the lessons that each and every team in the NFL can learn from the Eagles and the Chiefs.
The two clubs were arguably the two best teams in the NFL this season and worked through their competition to get to the Super Bowl. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was pretty for the most part. Two young and dynamic quarterbacks are set to face off as the two first Black starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl.
On a more broad note, what are some lessons we can learn from each team?
What are lessons to learn from the Eagles and the Chiefs?
Your quarterback needs to be special
Whether they are a true dual-threat signal caller or excel at a couple of major qualities of being a QB, your QB needs to be truly special at something.
As a passer, there may not be a better player in the history of the NFL than Patrick Mahomes. He isn’t known for his legs, but he’s also shown a strong ability to use them as well. For Jalen Hurts, he’s a true dual-threat passer who can score with ease with his legs and took massive leaps as a passer in 2022.
Both the Eagles and the Chiefs recognized that they needed a change at quarterback a few years ago, and made the correct decision.
The offensive line needs to be elite
The Chiefs got blown out in the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, and part of it was because Patrick Mahomes did not have a clean pocket. In response, the Chiefs overhauled their offensive line, and it’s one of the five best in the NFL.
The Eagles have had an elite offensive line for years. They are elite at tackle and have a Hall of Famer at center.
It’s abundantly clear that if you’re not strong along the offensive line, you probably won’t make a deep run. Just look at the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. Part of the reason why they both lost in the playoffs was because their offensive line faltered.
Coaching, coaching, coaching!
It’s easy to say that strong coaching is needed to win, but it might be elite coaching instead. There are a ton of good coaches in the NFL, but only a handful of elite ones, and wouldn’t you know it, a couple of them are meeting in the Super Bowl.
It also does deeper than that. Nick Sirianni hired Shane Steichen as the offensive coordinator and Jonathan Gannon as the defensive coordinator. It’s clear that both men will land head coaching jobs one day.
It’s not just about the Eagles and Chiefs having their respective head coaches, but being able to build a strong staff is maybe just as important.