The Kansas City Chiefs made an historic turnaround in 2013 going 11-5 in the regular season after a dumpster-fire season in 2012 that saw the team win just two games and not earn their first lead until Week 10. The Chiefs seem like a franchise headed in the right direction, but the fans have seen a very similar situation to the one they’re facing in 2014.
In 2010, the last time the Chiefs made the playoffs, the future looked pretty bright too. In their second year with the team, coach Todd Haley and GM Scott Pioli seemed to have the franchise back on track after three-straight seasons with four wins or fewer. Like Andy Reid and John Dorsey this season, Haley was a Coach of the Year candidate and Pioli won Executive of the Year.
Hopefully history won’t repeat itself for Kansas City. After going 10-6 and hosting a playoff game in 2010, the Chiefs fell apart with an injury-plagued 2011 and a 2012 that was just plagued in general. All of this inspired the overhaul of 2013 that looks to have things going in the right direction again, but can Kansas City keep moving forward is the question.
The answer is yes, and the big difference this time around is Andy Reid and Alex Smith. The last time around the Chiefs took a chance on inexperienced people in two of the most impacting parts of a football team. Haley and quarterback Matt Cassel were upside plays that missed while Reid and Smith are two proven winners.
Smith has now compiled a 30-9-1 record over the past three seasons, and Reid has put together a mark of 141-98-1 as a head coach in his career with just three of his 15 seasons ending with a losing record. Another collapse is possible for the Chiefs, but I definitely wouldn’t bet on it.