No NFL team had a more trying 2012 season than the Kansas City Chiefs. A 2-14 record was hard to stomach, especially considering the fact that the team didn’t hold a lead in a game during regulation until week 10. On many occasions the Chiefs were outclassed, and barely passed for a professional football team. By the end of the season, one of the most loyal and passionate fan bases in the NFL was bitter and angry, feeling disillusioned with the failures of the front office. On top of their pitiful performance on the field, the Kansas City community had to deal with the aftermath of the murder-suicide of former player Jovan Belcher, who ultimately killed himself at the team’s facility with former head coach Romeo Crennel and former general manager Scott Pioli watching in horror.
But out of the ashes of the Belcher tragedy and the Chiefs’ disastrous season, a new era will rise in Kansas City in 2013. The Chiefs were the big winners in the NFL’s annual head-coach free-for-all when they landed former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was easily the best head coach available out of the group that was fired following the season. As criticized as Reid was in Philadelphia for never being able to win a Super Bowl, he had just three losing seasons in 14 years, while also participating in five conference championship games. That’s the kind of consistency and success that Chief’s fans are craving right now, and with Reid at the helm, they’ll have a chance to obtain it.
For a team that only won two games last year, the Chiefs are actually in good shape to rebound in 2013. They have one of the NFL’s top running backs in Jamaal Charles, a pair of good young pass rushers in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, as well as a solid looking secondary led by safety Eric Berry. What’s missing is a quarterback, which is a position that Reid has had success at over the years in regards to drafting and developing (see Donovan McNabb). If the Chiefs can find a competent quarterback and take advantage of the fact that they have the top overall pick in the draft, the new era in Kansas City, led by Reid, will get off to a nice start in 2013.