What a difference a year can make. Last June, as the Kansas City Chiefs were preparing to do battle with offseason workouts, most people were projecting just how bad they’d be. Well it turned out that the Chiefs were indeed awful, as they managed only two victories in 2012. But with several key offseason moves, things have turned around in a hurry in KC.
It all started with the hiring of Andy Reid. While Reid has never made it to the mountain top, he still has a proven track record as a good coach. Reid is of course known for his work with quarterbacks, and lucky for Chiefs’ fans, the team finally got a legitimate QB this offseason as well. Alex Smith will now join forces with Reid, in a situation that I’m sure both are hoping will become the best of their careers.
The kicker in everything the Chiefs have done to better themselves, is the fact that they also held the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. The team played it safe, and went with left tackle Eric Fisher to help protect their QB investment. You can’t ever say a draft pick is a sure thing, but Fisher is about as close as you can get to one.
So with three very solid additions (among others) to the staff and roster, the Chiefs are almost assured of bettering their 2-14 mark from a season ago – but how much better can they get?
I don’t think it’s crazy to say that this will be the most improved team in football. Yes, that’s easy to predict given their two-win total last year, but I think this team could legitimately compete for a wild card spot. The AFC is down right now, and outside of the top three or fours teams, it’s wide open. KC did as much as any team to get better, and it’s not like there wasn’t already a decent amount of talent on the roster (six players made the Pro Bowl in 2012).
Moral victories and pride aside, I’m predicting the Kansas City Chiefs will be the most improved team in the NFL this season. Once the new coaches and players get a few games under their belts, no one is going to want to play the Chiefs.
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