Chiefs-Buccaneers: As team leader, TE Travis Kelce always wants to learn from his mistakes
The Kansas City Chiefs have had all week to reflect on their disappointing loss to the Indianapolis Colts. But veterans on the team — like All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce — know not to let that sentiment linger too long.
Several times in Sunday’s 20-17 loss, the offense failed to score while deep inside Indianapolis territory. Kelce himself had an unusual fall that would have been a touchdown – but instead bounced off his hands. Kelce was among the first to accept responsibility for the loss, taking to social media to express his dismay at his performance immediately after the game.
KC…. You deserve better from me. I should have put the game away when I had the chance. Hats off to the foals, they got us back to work as soon as possible!!!
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) September 25, 2022
“I was disappointed in myself,” the tight end told reporters on Friday. “I’m sure you could smell it from the tweets. I have invested a lot in the importance I place on what I do on the pitch. I think about this thing 24/7, 365. So it’s just [that] I take a lot of pride [in] myself to be able to make these games – and of course, I have confidence that I will make the next one.
After showing leadership to his teammates by being accountable for his mistakes, Kelce then showed how to channel his disappointment into self-improvement and future success.
“That’s in the past now,” Kelce explained. “You learn from it, you know what you need to clean up and you approach this week like we did – with attention to detail, focus, effort, showing the guys around you that it matters to you. – and that we’re gonna get this thing fixed. And of course, that’s what we did.
As the ultimate competitor, Kelce said he always wanted to improve – so that on the court he could be the best version of himself.
“Every movie session I walk into, I think, ‘What did I do wrong?’ — whether we win or lose,” Kelce said of the process. “I have to keep mending — and raising the ceiling for me personally — so I can be accountable to everybody.”
But despite being his own harshest critic, Kelce is still having a productive season, ranking second among tight ends in total yards (230) and total touchdowns (2) through the first three weeks.
Overall, Kelce’s production speaks volumes about how Kansas City uses their tight ends — especially in short-range situations. So far, Kelce, Jody Fortson and Noah Gray have been targeted 33 times and combined for three touchdowns, which is just behind the Baltimore Ravens‘tight ends. Kelce likes what he sees of the other two tight ends on the team – and is excited about their potential.
“We have a really athletic group, a physical group,” Kelce said. “And the two young guys – I can’t really call them ‘young’ because they play like veterans – they understand the game, they understand the offense and they understand the caller’s intentions and what Pat likes. .
“It’s a fun group to be a part of. Jody and Noah have improved so much since they’ve been here. I get excited when I see these guys having success on the pitch. And anytime we can go [with] three tight sets, I think we took the lead.
This is important as the Chiefs will need all the production they can get from their offense as they tackle another tough defensive matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Although both teams are drastically different from what they were when they played in 2020 superbowl LV, the Chiefs are certainly hoping the offense — led by veteran leaders like Kelce — will be important in their revenge game.