The Kansas City Chiefs have a realistic shot at going from worst to first in 2013. Perhaps they won’t make quite the leap the Indianapolis Colts did a year ago, but after a dreadful season in which they finished 2-14 and “earned” the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chiefs actually have a chance at turning right around and aiming for the playoffs in 2013.
With new head coach Andy Reid in place and new quarterback Alex Smith giving the Chiefs a competent signal caller, playoffs are once again a true reality, and those 50/1 Super Bowl odds suddenly look a little more tempting.
KC isn’t a lock for the playoffs, to be clear, but it’s also obvious that they have the best quarterback/head coach tandem that they’ve had since Dick Vermeil was at the helm. While it’s only looking that way on paper, if Smith can fit into Reid’s offense as Reid feels he will, KC could quickly turn into a very solid team.
The nice thing is that Smith and Reid aren’t alone. The Chiefs also have stud running back Jamaal Charles to add to the mix, as well as stellar wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe. Add in new rookie right tackle Eric Fisher to an already solid offensive line, and the Chiefs look to be completely better in every way on offense going into 2013.
But what about that defense? Safety Eric Berry anchors what is being regarded as a very talented and potentially elite secondary, while the Chiefs carry major upside in the pass-rushing department with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. If the run defense can improve and the pass defense can be as good as many think it can be, the Chiefs could suddenly have a very balanced and competitive roster.
It’s a lot of “ifs”, but the writing is on the wall: these aren’t your 2012-2013 Chiefs. They’re surely no lock to take a major leap in 2013, but they’re definitely not the worst Super Bowl sleeper (especially considering those odds) out there, either.
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