The Kansas City Chiefs rebuilding process may just be complete.
“This is the kind of team you don’t want to play. They’re young, they’re fairly talented for a team coming off a 2-14.” NFL analyst Mike Mayock told according to the Kansas City Star.
Mayock spent two days at Chiefs training camp and got the impression that this is a completely revitalized football team.
The mastermind behind this turnaround is long-time Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid.
“Andy looks like he’s got a complete breath of fresh air,” Mayock said. “He’s back to what he used to be years ago in Philly, actively coaching, actively installing. I think he’s having more fun than he’s had in years.”
Reid’s last years in Philadelphia were not exactly successful, but that was by Philly standards. Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. Since losing the Super Bowl to New England in 2005, every season has essentially been Championship or bust for the Eagles.
The Chiefs were 2-14 in 2012, an 8-8 season would not be a failure for Reid in 2013 but instead a great success. That reduced pressure could have a serious impact on the start of Reid’s career in Kansas City.
Reid will have a chance to prove himself to Philly early on when the two teams face off on September 19.
Mayock went on about the team itself.
“The quarterback situation with Alex Smith, all of a sudden, that’s solid. When you go minus-24 in turnover differential, you can’t win games in this league. Alex Smith takes care of that. (Rookie running back) Knile Davis is a really interesting guy. I thought he was before the draft, and you really won’t know if he can hold the ball and stay healthy until the real thing but, boy is he fun to watch.”
Smith is not the best quarterback in the league by far. But he has proven that he can succeed with a solid running game where he is not the focal point of the offense. The Chiefs have that in Jamaal Charles.
“I love Jamaal Charles,” Mayock continued. “The wide receiver position needs to develop. … (Jon) Baldwin’s got to step up and make some plays. Andy is going to take advantage of what (Dexter) McCluster does well. Their offensive line can be solid. The two tackles (Eric Fisher and Branden Albert) could be special.
Fisher was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft.
According to Mayock even the defense is poised to turn itself around.
“Defensively under Bob Sutton, it’s a whole different look for Chiefs fans … a lot of overload blitzes. They believe in pressure. What you see is a defense that is going to try to dictate to an offense as opposed to sitting back complacent in a zone.”
Mayock’s descriptions of the Chiefs sound like a much different team than what was on the field in 2012.
Even if only some of what Mayock says he observed is correct, Chief fans have a lot to look forward to in 2013.
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