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Andy Reid Giving Chiefs A Championship Mentality


Andy Reid is trying to bring a championship mentality to his version of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Ask any NFL player and they will likely tell you that their goal every season is to win the Super Bowl but despite all the lip service, not every NFL team carries itself like champions. Team executives and coaches are even so brash as to tell fans that the organization is “rebuilding” (see Edwards, Herm and Peterson, Carl), which is somewhat surprising considering the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” kind of league.

Despite the fact that his team had the worst record in the NFL in 2012, Reid isn’t talking about rebuilding in Kansa City. He’s talking about winning championships.

And the head coach’s high expectations are rubbing off on his players.

“High expectations,” said Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson after the team’s first mandatory minicamp practice. “Andy Reid, he put a standard on us when he first walked into the meeting room – it’s winning a championship. If you play for anything else, you’re not doing justice to the game. He’s been winning, Andy Reid’s been winning for awhile in Philadelphia. To get him here and get that winning attitude around this Chiefs organization, it’s going to be great for us. Offensively and defensively, we’re competing. We’re doing a heck of a job out there. I was a little winded today because coming off a weekend, but we’ve done a lot of good things.”

It isn’t just Johnson who is laser-focused on the Lombardi Trophy. The entire team, when they break a huddle at practice, says one word in unison.

“Championship.”

“That’s a good thing,” said Reid.= about his team’s new mantra. “That’s the way you need to think, and then that’s the way you need to prepare yourself as coaches and as players. We’re all in this together. One not less than the other. That’s the way you prepare.”

Talk is one thing but the Chiefs have a lot of work to do before they can take their place among the NFL’s elite. Still, teams like the San Francisco 49ers have taught us that with the right coach, an organization can go from bottom-feeder to contender very quickly. Despite the fact the Chiefs are rebounding from a 2-14 season, Johnson says they aren’t rebuilding, they’re reloading.

“No, you never look at it as a rebuilding year,” said Johnson. “That’s college talk. You always reload. Even though we didn’t win a lot of games last year, this team that we have already had some good core players here – something we could build off of or we could reload off, I should say, by bringing Alex Smith in and bringing a few other guys in to help us win.”

Alex Smith nearly took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2011. In fact, had it not been for some special teams blunders that he had nothing to do with, Smith might very well still be in San Francisco, with a ring on his finger.

Chiefs fans have to hope the team can make its new rallying cry a reality.

Tags: Andy Reid Kansas City Chiefs

  • chiefridgy

    Championship!

  • Jason Seibel

    It’s a great mentality to have. The thought shouldn’t be “we’re playing for 8-8 this year, because it was better than last year.” There are no points for “Most Improved Team.” It’s Superbowl or bust every year. I just hope Reid can get it done! So far, I like what I see.

  • Jarad

    Every AA post has me more and more stoked for the upcoming season. Ready for some points on offense And im really hoping this defense is all its being hyped up to be. The Chiefs MUST create turnovers. Turnovers are the biggest plays in football, and KC has been on the wrong end of those plays too often.

  • tm1946

    We have not played a game yet but there is such a upbeat, positive view of what is happening this year. Goes to show you what excitement can be generated with competent GM and HC.

    After Pioli, it is like a heavy weight being taken off my chest. Can breath again.

    PS, I am predicting the CB position will be dynamite this year. The depth is staggering (barring injuries).

  • steve james
  • Stacy D. Smith

    Great teams have great expectations. I love every minute of this.

  • KCPauly

    It is so refreshing as a long time KCC fan to finally hear the word Championship floating around WITHIN the organization, FINALLY, it’s what us fans have been telling you guys all along, they finally listen to AR, at least somebody finally got a winning mentality to stick at 1 Arrowhead Dr. I frickin’ LOVE it…Go Chiefs!!!!!
    PS. you guys at AA are about to make me pop, keep it coming good job to all of you, been some great writing this year

  • chiefdeorty

    I can feel it, it is for real. The team can feel it, they believe in what is being done and they are all so hungry. People will be talking about this team as being one of the best turn around teams of all time I believe it.

  • [email protected]

    I’m Getting sunday ticket back this year I’m ready!!!GoChiefs!!!

  • BWrangler

    Mr. Reid, just be sure to get these men conditioned to play the full 60 minutes at the level we ALL know they can play to, reduce the possibility of injuries, and take some shots when they need to be taken….I’ll be a happy Chiefs fan, because they’re going to win or go down fighting. Which is all I ask.