Aug 07, 2012; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Terrance Copper (10) catches a pass during the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals practice at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Andy Reid, the winningest coach in the NFC in the 2000 decade with the Eagles, takes over as coach of the Chiefs. John Dorsey, who spent 21 years in the Green Bay organization learning how to scout and draft players, takes over as the new general manager.
“When you have a tough season like we did, a lot of things contribute to it,” Hunt said. “The truth is we failed as an organization. Sometimes the best thing for everybody is a fresh start.
“I’m very optimistic about the future. I believe you have to hire talented people, and let them do their jobs. Make sure you’ve got a group that can work together, give them the resources they need and then let them do their job.”
#1: Brady Quinn (Week 13) 27-21 win against the Carolina Panthers at home
Far and away the best start by any Chiefs QB during 2012, Quinn was almost flawless throwing for 201 yards with 19 completions in 23 attempts. His 2 TS/0 INT performance is extra special considering it was the only time all season that they threw a touchdown without also throwing an interception. QBR: 97.6 / RTG: 132.1
#2: Matt Cassel (Week 1) 24-40 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at home
One of five games with multiple interceptions, it still stands out as the second highest QBR of the year. In addition to 258 yards on 21-33 (63.6%) passing, Cassel also rushed for 20 yards on four attempts with a rushing TD to go with his passing TD. QBR: 87.0 / RTG: 72.5
Now with Gonzalez likely leaving the game, it is a time of reflection for Kansas City fans. Gonzalez was one of the most revered players in team history, and he’s still wildly popular in the city. When the time comes for Gonzalez to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, his time with the Chiefs will be most remembered.
I’ve been often asked if I think Gonzalez will sign a one-day contract with Kansas City so he can retire with the team. It wouldn’t shock me at all if the team approaches him about the idea. The Hunt family knows how important Gonzalez is to the team’s history.
In preparation for Senior Bowl week — and eventually the NFL draft — the Syracuse quarterback has been training with Paul Hackett. That’s the same Paul Hackett who served as a mentor of sorts to the Packers’ head coach at the University of Pittsburgh and then the Kansas City Chiefs. McCarthy was drawn to Hackett’s extreme attention to detail, the unique way he broke down the quarterback position.
At Syracuse, Nassib played underneath Hackett’s son, Nathaniel. And now, still at Syracuse, he’s working with Paul to help differentiate himself amongst a quarterback class very much up for grabs. When Nassib told Nathaniel — his offensive coordinator at Syracuse — that he was training with Paul, son had a puzzled reaction.
“He said, ‘You sure? I don’t know if you know what you’re getting yourself into. He’s got nothing else to do,’” Nassib said.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen