As you’ll count on from a participant who has been one of many workforce’s leaders since his arrival two years in the past, Kansas Metropolis Chiefs security Tyrann Mathieu sought to shift the main target from himself when he spoke to reporters because the workforce opened its offseason program on Monday.
Chatting with the press by way of Zoom from his residence, Mathieu mentioned he’s watched the workforce’s Tremendous Bowl loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 or 5 instances — and that doing so hurts somewhat extra every time.
“It was simply the day that we didn’t actually play our greatest,” he acknowledged. “I don’t assume something went our method. We’ve acquired to discover a strategy to type of dig ourselves out of that type of gap — [when] we are able to’t get something going, once we can’t make a play.”
Pressed to call particular points that had led to the loss, Mathieu mentioned it was extra concerning the workforce’s response to the issues it confronted.
“The largest factor I took from that sport was actually composure,” he defined. “When issues aren’t going your method — or you possibly can’t make a play — strive your greatest to stay calm and hold your composure. That’s actually what I see once I look again on that night time.”
Nonetheless, Mathieu believes that his teammates might be up for the problem of bouncing again.
“I feel losses like that may type of derail sure groups,” he mentioned. “I feel for us, if we type of put it behind us and study from it, it may be a kind of video games that may type of construct us going ahead.”
And Mathieu — now coming into the final yr of his contract with the Chiefs — mentioned he’d like to stay round for it.
“I might like to spend the remainder of my time in Kansas Metropolis,” he declared. “Everyone’s embraced me right here — it jogs my memory a lot of a soccer city. For me, that’s the whole lot. Waking up, seeing the household after which going to play soccer. It’s been a blessing to be right here.”
Although there’s been loads of exterior hypothesis about extending the three-time All-Professional’s contract, Mathieu claimed ignorance of any ongoing discussions with the workforce.
“I strive my greatest to not get caught up into it,” he mentioned. “I attempt to let my folks that work for me actually deal with that — however clearly, you wish to be locked in long run. For me, it’s all about every day, simply making an attempt to win my day. I don’t essentially attempt to look 4 and 5 months down the street. I simply attempt to put in sufficient work immediately that issues like which might be going to care for themselves.”
Actually, Mathieu mentioned he actually doesn’t take into consideration the cash he’s making.
“I’m not too involved about cash. I feel I’m type of good on that half,” he chuckled. “However yeah… I don’t fear about that an excessive amount of. The largest factor for me is how can I proceed to be the identical man every day for my teammates. Once I’m capable of be that particular person, I can convey out the most effective in my room. Cash [and] private objectives aren’t actually like primary or two on my checklist these days.”
Mathieu mentioned that as he begins his ninth NFL season, he’s not bringing a private focus to the sport.
“To be trustworthy, I’ve no private objectives. I feel all of my objectives actually come from workforce [and] family-type issues. I feel the most important factor for me this yr is, ‘How can I proceed to carry the fellows round me?’ That’s like the one factor that actually issues to me: can I get individuals to speak, play and examine — to be the most effective of themselves.”
That’s how Mathieu sees his position with the workforce.
“If you happen to’re capable of type of give guys a nugget — to present guys one thing that they’ll type of grasp their hat on going ahead — I feel that’s the type of place I’m in,” he mentioned. “That’s what I wish to do. I had two nice years right here — All-Professional seasons, no matter individuals wish to name it — however till different guys in my room begin making the Professional Bowl or being All-Professional, [that’s when] I’ll most likely be glad.”