The 2013 Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in the NFL — in major North American professional sports history, actually — to have an undefeated 8-0 start after having the league’s worst record the previous season. Also, their defense is ranked No. 5 in the league, and is the first to allow 17 or fewer P/PG in the first half of the season since the 1977 Atlanta Falcons.
Perhaps doing what they know has worked for them so far this year has given them cause to pass on the this season’s trade deadline without making any moves.
There were rumors and speculation that the Chiefs had their eye on former Chief and Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez, but nothing ever came of it. The 2-5 Falcons didn’t seem to have any intention of trading Gonzalez away, as their season winds to a seemingly quick close. He may have appreciated the chance to have a go at one more Super Bowl with the Chiefs, but such is the way of things. Gonzalez’s return to Kansas City might have been a magical moment for Chiefs fans, but they don’t seem too fazed at the moment, as their team has gone undefeated with the players it currently has.
The Chiefs are an anomaly. They do not carry themselves with the same bravado that the San Francisco 49ers or the Seattle Seahawks sport. As good a quarterback as Alex Smith is (and we probably haven’t even seen his best yet), they are not a cliche star-quarterback led team like Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, or Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. They are not the stereotypical NFL media-hyped dream team: a cast of high-scoring, aggressive and flamboyant showmen comprised of outspoken star athletes and Prima Donnas.
Head coach Andy Reid and his Kansas City squad have carved out their own unique style, perhaps unpredictable, risky and unreliable to some. But it’s kept them coming back and winning this year, after a dismal 2-14 season last year.
This Sunday, the Chiefs head to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills, and soon after that, they’ll face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos twice, the Indianapolis Colts twice, and the San Diego Chargers in the run for the AFC West championship.
Did the Chiefs make the right decision passing on the trade deadline? We’ll find out soon enough, but for the time being, they don’t seem too worried, and maybe they’re right not to be.