The Kansas City Chiefs are hungry to play some regular season football. After listening to veteran head coach Andy Reid talk about what the team needs to do to be successful in 2013, the players are ready to beat up on the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.
“Coach Reid is a great guy,” tight end Sean McGrath said, according to KCChiefs.com. “He’s here to win and so are we and with that common goal, great things can happen.”
The Chiefs may have a difficult time preparing for the Jaguars because even Jacksonville does not know who their starting quarterback will be. Third-year player Blaine Gabbert will be a game-time decision due to a broken thumb. If he is unable to go then Chad Henne will line up under center on Sunday. The Jaguars have already stated that they want Gabbert to be their men. Not to mention, the quarterback is already in the mindset that he will be the one who will take on the Chiefs.
What Kansas City does know is that they will have to stop running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is primed to fly out of the gate on his way to a career year. The 28-year-old believes he will be the top rusher in the NFL this season, which means he will be determined to get off to a hot start against the Chiefs.
What will be even more important is taking care of what is in Kansas City’s control. That means protecting quarterback Alex Smith so that he can move the offense down the field and lead the team to victory. The good news is Smith feels well prepared for the challenge that lies ahead.
“I feel ready,” Smith told KCChiefs.com. “I do feel ready, but obviously we’ll find out Sunday, as a team. Game week is what we’ve been waiting for and we’re ready to play the game. That’s why we play football, for this challenge and I’m excited about it.”
The first week of the season is always interesting for the coaches, players and fans. Everyone wants to believe they have a great team but no one really knows for sure until the players start executing on the field. Hopefully, the Chiefs will be as good as they believe they are.