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Clark Hunt Talks Chiefs' Disastrous 2012 Season

Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt sat down with Forbes recently to talk about a number of issues, including his team’s disastrous 2012 NFL season.

Hunt doesn’t do a ton of interviews but he has been taking a more active and public role with the Chiefs since things began to go awry last season.

“It was a very difficult year,” Hunt told Forbes, “for me, for our family and really for anyone associated with the Kansas City Chiefs, including our fans. We had relatively high expectations going into the season and just right from the get-go the season went sideways on us and we had a very tough time being successful ont he field.”

Hunt is right. For me, the 2012 Chiefs season was enjoyable for exactly two quarters of football. When the Chiefs went into the first game of the season against the Atlanta Falcons, I knew KC was going to have a tough time on defense. Brandon Flowers was out with an injury and Tamba Hali was serving a suspension. Atlanta had an explosive offense but for a while at least, it looked like the Chiefs might be able to hang with the Falcons. KC was answering Atlanta’s offense and went into halftime trailing 20-17.

Then the wheels came off. KC would go on to lose the game 40-24 and from there it was all downhill for the Chiefs. The season that would follow was a folly, ending in a tragic murder/suicide involving starting linebacker Jovan Belcher.

It was clear to Hunt that changes had to be made.

“I did feel that the best thing for the team at that point was for us to head in a new direction from a leadership standpoint,” said Hunt. “We needed to make a change with our head coach and ultimately with our general manager as well.”

You can see Hunt’s entire interview below. He talks about his reasoning for wanting to hired Andy Reid before adding a GM and also touches on the NFL’s possible expansion into Europe.

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  • John

    So a new losing coach winning 2 games with the Eagles is the answer? Why didn’t I see that? Hmm…

    • steve james

      Not a Reid fan? You a Chiefs fan? Reid is respected and every Chiefs fan I have come across feels he was the best coach available & a massive upgrade. Only folks I have seen down on him are Eagles fans.

      • KCPauly

        he’s a faider he been on here spewing all over the place…Go Chiefs!!!!!

        • Altarium

          Yup, raider fan. It’s funny how over half of his posts here have been about Reid winning 2 games last year. 4 games isn’t really much better, but you’d think someone coming here to trash talk would at least try to get facts straight. Plus, I think it could be cool if fans of other teams came here and started commenting on AA posts, if they actually contributed to discussion!

          • KCMikeG

            It’s not that he can’t get his facts straight, although that is often an issue for the faider fan, it is that the math is too hard!!

    • Chris Tarrants

      Where did this notion of Philly only won two games last year? Last time I checked we won 2 and the jags won two? Granted the eagles didn’t tear it up last year but how many winning seasons did Andy have with them! Get off your high horse, this will be the season that the chiefs move forward and finally shut the critics up

    • Jim Harper

      Probably because of your own inflated ego it blocked your sight.

  • John

    Here are the facts: Reid had one of the most talented roster with the Eagles and he managed 2 wins, Chiefs had the worst offensive line in football and now all these new people are suddenly going to block, Alex Smith played horrible when Mike Singletary coached and their O line was bad. Did you see his stats under those conditions? New offense, new defense, new coach staff, 2 wins last year = time to buy some tissues. Those are the facts, not opinions…

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The Eagles won 4 games in 2012.
      That “talented” team Reid had in Philadelphia last year? You mean the one where not one of their offensive skill position players played a full season? Vick (10 games), McCoy (12 games), Jackson (11 games)… The team where a low 3rd Round QB, in his first year, started 6 games?
      Coaches wear out their welcome sometimes. Reid’s in a new environment and has a fresh opportunity to build something in Kansas City.

      Singletary hasn’t coached in San Francisco for three years.
      Can we talk about 2013?

      • steve james

        Thank you. Not to mention Singletary wasn’t cut out to be a head coach.

    • smokindog

      John, you are a moron. Our line was top 10 and now will be top 3. Eagles had inuries all over the line, the DEF couldn’t stop anyone so team just played Martyball with them and ran out clock. Man, you are a dipshit!

    • tm1946

      If we buy into it, what else was Hunt to do? Run with Pioli/Crennel?
      A change had to be made and I suggest Hunt did well with Dorsey/Reid.

  • Joel Wagler

    Good stuff. Go Chiefs!

  • John

    You have a really good punter. There I said something nice.

    • Jim Harper

      Don’t count on that as being enough to get you through the gates of heaven.