January 4th, 2013, Kansas City was introduced to one of the most prominent men in the NFL today in the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, Andy Reid. The feedback of Clark Hunt’s hire was phenomenal and the choice was well liked in many circles, including former coach, Marty Schottenheimer, whom called the hire “spectacular”.
Big Red, as coach Reid is known to be called, had many roster voids to fill and/or replace, starting with an upgrade at quarterback. His uncanny ability to spot talent wasn’t wasted as he brought in seasoned veterans through free agency, sweet talked an old friend into becoming the new General Manager in John Dorsey, and took arguably the best available player(s) on the board throughout the 2013 NFL Draft.
I can’t help but think to myself that these are all small pieces of a puzzle that is coming together at just the right time; like the beginning of an episode of America’s Game, where Super Bowl winning teams talk about how they came together – where their journey started and how it victoriously ended.
The pieces are all falling together for the Chiefs to make a run in the AFC. Alex Smith, the number 1 overall pick in 2005,who under performing most of his career and was benched after an injury late in the season last year, eventually ended his reign in San Francisco. Dwayne Bowe is a top wide out who has had little to no help in Kansas City’s passing attack. Derrick Johnson, a top 10 linebacker in the middle of his prime, hungry for playoff contention, and ready to lead his defense to the promised land. The time has come for the Lamar Hunt (AFC) trophy to come home, and there looks to be no better time than the present.
So, can the Chiefs go from worst to first in 2013? Sure, it’s possible. I truly believe they will be a sleeping giant in the AFC West division and their determination under the guidance of Andy Reid will be very hard to break. He expects perfection on every down played, something most of the young talent on this roster have not experienced under Todd Haley or Romeo Crennell. After all, Big Red didn’t lead his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles, to a 10-8 playoff record during his tenure arguing with wide receivers on the sideline or having his rookies throw punches and break their hands during training camp.
It truly is a new day at Arrowhead and the future is very, very bright for the KC Kingdom.