Every team believes that it has the potential to be great, and that hope definitely springs eternal in the NFL preseason.
The Chiefs, in particular though, are an interesting case. Kansas City went 2-14 in 2012, and experienced a facelift this offseason as result. Chiefs Kingdom needed a change, and they got plenty of it heading into the 2013 season.
Those changes are well documented here on Arrowhead Addict, and overall, there’s a completely different vibe surrounding the organization.
Dare I say the Chiefs are confident?
I do dare say so.
So confident, in fact, that new Chief’ cornerback Dunta Robinson threw around “the D word” Wednesday at the end of camp in St. Joseph, Mo., according to a report from Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star:
“This can be a dominant football team. Why not believe that?” said Robinson, who spent six previous training camps with Houston and three with Atlanta. “We believe that we can be one of the best teams in this league, and that’s what we’re shooting for when we line up on Sundays.”
Robinson obviously doesn’t lack in confidence. This is the same guy that had this to say this about the team back in late July, also per Teicher and The Kansas City Star:
“We’re going to be way better,’’ said Robinson, who joined the Chiefs this year as a free agent. “We’re going to be a playoff team. Andy’s brought that winning mentality to this football team, so we plan to win.’’
Perhaps Robinson is just an extremely confident individual, but is there reason to buy into what he’s selling?
After all, Andy Reid did lead Philadelphia to double-digit wins eight times during his tenure with the Eagles (Pro-Football-Reference.com).
Combine Reid’s coaching ability with a new accurate quarterback in Alex Smith, star offensive players like Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles and a defense that features players like Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry; and it’s not unrealistic to predict that Kansas City will be much improved in 2013.
That’s a word that’s usually reserved for the best of the best in the NFL.
This does bring up a good taking point though, so let’s get to discussing it, addicts.
What are your expectations for the Chiefs in 2013? Anybody ready to predict a record and set it in stone?