3 lessons the Jaguars could learn from the Chiefs' Super Bowl VLIII run

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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) raises the Lamar Hunt Trophy with tight end
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) raises the Lamar Hunt Trophy with tight end / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY
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1. Always emphasize the trenches

An old clichè says you win football games in the trenches, and it remains true despite the fact that the game has evolved so much since its inception more than a century ago. Giving your quarterback the best possible protection ensures he'll be in a position to make plays. Conversely, bringing the heat and disrupting the pocket gives a defense their best chance to win. The Chiefs know this, so they're routinely revamping the offensive and defensive lines.

Kansas City had no qualms about trading for offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. in 2021. When they realized the move didn't work out the way they planned, they moved on from him, but that didn't deter them from continuing to pour resources into the offensive trenches.

Just last offseason, they gave Jawaan Taylor a four-year deal worth $80 million to be their right tackle. When left tackle Donovan Smith became available, they quickly swooped in and signed him. Also, they drafted center Creed Humphrey with one of their two first-round picks in 2022.

Simply, the Chiefs know they must give Patrick Mahomes optimal protection. However, they don't neglect the defensive front to do so. They're routinely adding pieces when given the opportunity. Last year, it was pass rusher Felix Anudike-Uzomah in Round 1 of the draft, and in 2022, they drafted George Karlaftis. If that wasn't enough they have defensive tackle Chris Jones in the fold.

The bottom line is that teams have a limited amount of cap room, which makes it difficult to keep or sign all the players they'd like. The Chiefs, however, have always earmarked space to address both the offensive and defensive line.

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