The Kansas City Chiefs are heading into the 2013 season looking to rebound from a 2012 season they would rather forget.
But as the Indianapolis Colts showed us last year, finishing at the bottom of the league one year doesn’t mean you can’t bounce back the very next season.
Having finished tied for the worst record in the league last year, the Chiefs had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and took offensive tackle Eric Fisher to bolster the line play.
Fisher’s development will be a big factor for Kansas City this season, but it isn’t the biggest question they face this summer in training camp.
That would be another big addition this spring, the hiring of head coach Andy Reid, who, formally the head man for the Philadelphia Eagles, has to prove that he hasn’t lost touch with the modern day NFL.
Reid came into the league on the offensive side of the ball running the west coast offense in the 90s. He brought the scheme with him to the Eagles and had plenty of success early in the 2000’s, leading the team to five conference championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
But those Philadelphia teams never got over the hump and won it all under Reid, and the last few years they were a talented team that underachieved.
Now Reid takes over in Kansas City and needs to prove to the rest of the league that he can adapt his coaching style, and more importantly, his play-calling style, to be successful in today’s league.
If Reid can modernize his offensive approach, and mesh with his new coaching staff and players quickly, the Chiefs have the talent to drastically improve on their finish from last year.