Kansas City Chiefs Could Compete in the AFC in 2013

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You have to hand it to the Kansas City Chiefs. In a matter of a few short months, the team has completely turned itself around. On the heels of a two-win season in 2012, Andy Reid was quickly hired to resurrect the once proud franchise, and now many other pieces have fallen in place as well.

Sometimes a team just has to strike a trade to get better, and that’s exactly what the Chiefs did by acquiring Alex Smith. The second round draft pick they had to give up was well worth it, and now the quarterback position is a strength in Kansas City.

Chiefs’ fans should be very excited about the partnership of Reid and Smith. Reid has a proven track record with quarterbacks, the results shouldn’t be any different this time around. All of this, and don’t forget that Smith now has a huge chip on his shoulder.

Also along the way this offseason, the Chiefs were able to re-sign their No. 1 wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Locking Bowe up was yet another smart decision by the front office, and one that will pay off for years.

So if you take a look at the three key positions on offense – QB, WR, RB, the Chiefs have top-tier talent at all three, with Jamaal Charles rounding out the trifecta.

Are these three players enough to propel Kansas City back into playoff contention? No, not alone, but it’s a great start. The three stars will need some assistance.

KC did make a smart decision when they signed WR Donnie Avery, so it appears that help is already on the way.

It will be interesting to see how the new-look Chiefs stack up in a weak AFC next season. Just by the upgrades they’ve made in the past few months, I don’t see why they couldn’t compete for a wild-card spot.

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