Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs made the playoffs in 2017, going 12-4. They went on to lose in the divisional round, only scoring 16 points.
Kansas City had Alex Smith, who made the playoffs with the Chiefs three out of the last four seasons.
What did the Chiefs do after their impressive 12-4 season? They traded up in the draft for a quarterback, even though their guy has made the playoffs three of the last four years. Why? They knew Smith, like Tagovailoa, does not have a ceiling to be an elite quarterback. You can only go so far with Smith and Tagovailoa.
The Kansas City Chiefs traded a 2017 first-round pick (No. 27), a 2017 third-round pick (No. 91), and a 2018 first-round pick. A team that had won 43 games the last four seasons and made it to the playoffs three out of the last four years decided to give up all that for a quarterback.
To make this even better, Kansas City actually sat Mahomes his rookie season, and the Chiefs won another ten games (10-6) and got knocked out of the first round of the playoffs again, only scoring 21 points.
Year 1 with Mahomes? 12-4 again, but a win in the playoffs, scoring 31 points, and then a loss in the AFC championship, where they still scored 31. Then we know what happened in 2018, the Chiefs won the Super Bowl.
They knew how far Smith could take them, and they knew he wasn’t good enough to win it all. That is why they went all in and got Mahomes instead.