It doesn’t seem quite right to call KC a team in transition, even though the franchise is coming off a two-win season. This is a team with six returning Pro Bowlers, so the Chiefs will put talent on the field in all phases. Kansas City also spent top-dollar on its new head coach, Andy Reid, plus the team dealt away a pair of early-round picks for its new quarterback, Alex Smith.
If you’re a Chiefs fan, it’s not unreasonable to demand rapid and significant improvement. It’s crazy that this group went 2-14 last year. KC has the personnel necessary to make a major leap in 2013 — maybe not a worst-to-first leap, but certainly worst-to-.500. This team’s roster will clearly assist the fantasy community this season. Jamaal Charles, by himself, is enough to nudge Kansas City out of the bottom-quarter of the Juggernaut Index.
Here’s a fact that not enough people seem to know: Charles actually has the highest yards-per-carry average of any running back in NFL history. Higher than Jim Brown, higher than Barry Sanders, higher than Gale Sayers, higher than AP, higher than … well, than everyone. Ever.
The Kansas City Chiefs made one of the biggest moves of the offseason by trading a 2013 second-round round pick and a conditional 2014 third-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for quarterback Alex Smith. The third-round pick next year also turns into a second-round pick if the Chiefs win eight or more games in 2013.
It was a steep price for Smith, but the Chiefs were a disaster under center with Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn splitting the duties last season, and the draft wasn’t bursting with talented quarterbacks. Like all the teams without a franchise signal-caller, the Chiefs were on the hunt for one and settled on Smith.
Now, the Chiefs have to find out if Smith can really become their franchise quarterback, or if he simply buys the new regime in Kansas City time to find one. Some would argue that the Chiefs may have to worry about Smith just being as good as he was for the last two years in San Francisco.
#Chiefs have released WR Mardy Gilyard. Previously played for Rams, Eagles, Jets
— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) July 25, 2013
A group of Kansas City Chiefs fans is organizing an effort to break the world record for the loudest roar at a sports stadium sometime in the upcoming NFL season.
The group calls itself “Terrorhead Returns” and says Guinness Book of World Records officials have given final approval for the record attempt, though no date has been set.
Organizers say the effort is an attempt to unify the local fan base and revive Arrowhead Stadium’s reputation as one of the loudest venues in the NFL.
The effort follows a dismal season in which the Chiefs finished 2-14, dealt with the suicide of linebacker Jovan Belcher outside the stadium and saw the firings of head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
“This defense is very special,’’ cornerback Sean Smith said. “Even though we went 2-14, we have a lot of guys who made the top 100 and we had six Pro Bowlers on this team, so we’re loaded with talent. Right now we’re putting it all together and it’s going to be very special in the future.
“It’s been fun, been fun. It’s definitely been a learning experience, and the guys are definitely buying into what Coach Reid has to say and it’s looking good.’’
Expectations should be higher on defense, where the Chiefs have four players who participated in last season’s Pro Bowl. Two of their main free-agent acquisitions were cornerbacks, Smith and Dunta Robinson.
Reviving what has been for the past couple of seasons a sluggish offense could be more difficult. Much depends on the play of Smith, who cost the Chiefs a second-round draft pick this year and another choice next season.
Hunt, along with his son Knobel, was on the field Thursday for the final practice for rookies and free agents and intently watched the drills and practice sessions.
After practice, Hunt, 48, showed his athletic skills by catching footballs fired by the JUGS machine.
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