Okay, it’s all the buzz now that I foreshadowed this Super Bowl matchup in this post.
I wrote about taking calculated risks and how by bringing Tom Brady on, the Buccaneers were able to mitigate the risks of their high powered offense to transform their team from perennial losers to one going to the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
This was before the Buccaneers went on an improbable run to the Super Bowl by beating three division winners and Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers on the road to put them on a collision course with my Kansas City Chiefs.
Love him or hate him, there aren’t many teams who wouldn’t want Brady for their quarterback. All he does is win. One of the exceptions would be the Chiefs who have their GOAT in the making, Patrick Mahomes.
Before Patrick Mahomes arrived on the scene, the Chiefs hadn’t won the Super Bowl since Super Bowl IV back in 1970. The last time the Chiefs even came close to sniffing the Super Bowl was in 1993 when Joe Montana was the quarterback. They lost to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship that year.
Since 1993, the Chiefs were the epitome of mediocrity and showcased a nonstop carousel of head coaches and quarterbacks – that is until 2013. That’s when Andy Reid was hired and the wheels were set in motion for a new era of excellence.
In 2017, Andy Reid made a draft pick that would change the course of the franchise. Patrick Mahomes went #10 in the draft – amazingly, 8 spots after Mitchell Trubisky of the Bears. Last year, Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
The Chiefs and Buccaneers each found out what a difference a playmaker like Brady or Mahomes can make on a team. The Chiefs already had a strong foundation with a good defense and playmakers on offense before 2017, but it took someone special like Mahomes to lead the team, a true playmaker. He can make plays when most QBs would throw the ball away.
The same was true of the Buccaneers before Brady came on the scene in Tampa. They had a good defense but they didn’t have a playmaker at the most critical position in football.
Last year, with almost the same team but with Jameis Winston as QB, the Bucs ended the season with a record of 7-9. This year with Brady, they’re going to the Super Bowl.
Before Patrick Mahomes, Andy Reid had gotten to the Super Bowl only once – losing to Brady and the Pats in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. With Patrick Mahomes, he’s going to his third Super Bowl.
The year before Tom Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe, the Patriots were 5-11. They started the season 0-2 before Brady took over in the 2001 season. The Patriots were 7-9 this past year without Brady. Just like Brady made Bellichick look like a genius, Mahomes is doing the same for Reid, who is now considered a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
Is it the coach or the playmaker that wins the game?
When investing, it’s no different than football. You want a playmaker at the helm – a proven winner. A playmaker can make all the difference between winning and losing.
Don’t be lured by the big-time markets or fancy properties, it’s the person executing the game plan that will make the difference.
Brady and Mahomes have proven that you don’t need to be in a big market like Boston or Dallas playing in shiny, fancy stadiums excel. You need the right people period. The wrong people cannot lead the team and they cannot make the plays when it counts. Put Brady or Mahomes on any team and they will be successful.
When weighing your investment options, you have THREE choices:
- You can be a spectator.
- You can just go along and play the game.
- You can play with a playmaker.
Not only does the playmaker have the experience and knowledge to be successful, but they put in the hard work and have the confidence to see their vision through. They’re relentless in their pursuit of success and that’s who you want on your investing team.
With playmakers, you can profit in any market but not with any property. Playmakers know how to choose the right investments and then they know how to maximize the returns. Playmakers can put the right team together and lead them through the tough times and maintain their high level of performance.
You know I love KC, but I have to give props where props are due and Tom Brady is a once in a lifetime playmaker. Mahomes has the best shot of any young quarterback to surpass Brady’s level one day.
Both are playmakers any coach in the NFL would want on their team and most of all, the other players want someone like Mahomes and Brady leading them by making the plays, giving them confidence, and coming through when no one else can.
Like football, when investing, seek out the investment partners with a reputation for winning – those who make everybody and everything around them better.
Who would you entrust with your money? The Patrick Mahomes of investing or the Jameis Winston of investing?