As I write this, the Kansas City Chiefs are 11 days away from the start of the 2013 regular season.
On September 8th, 2013, your Chiefs will head down to Jacksonville, Fla., to face the Jaguars, and for all intents and purposes, Addicts everywhere should be expecting a win.
Kansas City football is going in a new direction under the leadership of new head coach Andy Reid. He has a quarterback who will play smart and get the football to the playmakers that surround him, in Alex Smith. Speaking of those playmakers, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Anthony Fasano and Dexter McCluster are just a few of the names who will be stepping up and causing defenses trouble in 2013.
Defensively, Bob Sutton has promised to be aggressive, and we’ve seen throughout this preseason that the Chiefs’ defensive unit can truly be special. DontariPoe will be the anchor in the middle, but surrounding him are stars like Derrick Johnson, Justin Houston, Sean Smith and Eric Berry to name a few.
Speaking of special, Dave Toub has motivated his unit to play inspired football, and this is a group that seems destined to not only change, but win games for Kansas City in 2013.
From top to bottom, this is a changed organization. An organization that is looking to make bold changes and make a bold statement in 2013.
It’s not supposed to be easy to bounce back from 2-14. In fact, it’s supposed to be a process that usually spans a couple of years.
Rebuilding in the NFL is a phase, but frankly, this is a phase that Kansas City may be able to skip all together.
The Chiefs should undoubtedly be competitive and they will win games in 2013. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few upset games this season. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Kansas City could go into Philadelphia and win one for its coach in Week 3. How about against the Cowboys, Giants and Texans? All three of those teams will have to come to Arrowhead, where it will undoubtedly be loud and this new-look Chiefs team will be ready to go.
Is it too bold to say that Kansas City could be better than Oakland and San Diego in 2013? I think not. Dare I say Denver?
I guess we’ll cross that bridge in Week 11 and Week 13.
Either way, the Chiefs are poised to make a bold statement in 2013.
As The Chiefs move forward into the future, so will we here at Arrowhead Addict. It’s been a relatively smooth transition for me as editor here, and I’ve enjoyed reading all of your comments and interacting with you from time to time.
Most of all, I’ve enjoyed managing the great and dedicated staff of writers we have here, and I know how much you truly appreciate their work. More than anything, you, the Addicts, plus those writers is what makes Arrowhead Addict so great.
As we look forward to a bold year from the Chiefs, let me take a moment to address the topic of boldness.
Now and then myself or one of our writers here will have a bold opinion that we will voice to you, the Addicts. We aren’t programmed robots and we aren’t contractually obligated beat writers who can only bring you the good news and sunshine surrounding the Chiefs.
If something is wrong, we’re going to write about it. If something needs to be addressed that may not be popular, we’ll address it.
Furthermore, the opinions we form come from hours and years of watching football and specifically Chiefs football—much like many of your opinions—so it’s not as if we wake up in the morning and conjure them out of a hat.
I firmly believe Chiefs fans are among the most football educated fans the NFL has to offer, and the writers here at Arrowhead Addict are the cream of the crop.
Their passion for the Chiefs is unrivaled, and their knowledge is endless.
I say this to let you know how hard we work for you, and how seriously we take this. Please take the time to appreciate your favorite writers. Make sure you comment and let them know how much you liked a story, and even go ahead and follow them on Twitter, give them a shout out or two.
Conversely though, if someone writes something you don’t agree with, please treat them with respect. They are taking hours out of their day to bring information and entertainment to you, so just remember that.
We can disagree in the comments, on Twitter and in real life if we meet up, but let’s always keep it civil and let’s always keep it respectful. We’re all on the same team here. We’re all in the same Chiefs Kingdom.
My goal here as editor of Arrowhead Addict is to make sure I bring you all the information on your favorite team as possible. If it’s opinion, we’ll make sure you know that. If it’s a rumor, it will be clearly marked as such. We’ll never present a rumor as a cold hard fact, and that’s a promise I can guarantee. If it’s news, we’ll source it, and that’s another guarantee.
If there’s an issue, let’s deal with it respectfully and responsibly. As always if you have a concern, you can email me at [email protected] or tweet me at @AKonSports.
Just like a good football team does, let’s take the punches as they come and stick together through all the twists and turns of the NFL season.
All this to say, I expect much more good than bad this year for the Kansas City Chiefs and Arrowhead Addict.
Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
-Editor, Arrowhead Addict