Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) talks with offensive coordinator Doug Pederson (left) and head coach Andy Reid (right) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs "One Hit Wonders?"

Every year in the NFL there is at least one team that jumps up from the basement of their division and into playoff contention. We’ve seen it before with the Chiefs as recently as 2010, when a four-win 2009 team bounced back in 2010 to win 10 games and make the playoffs. This kind of thing happens all the time.

The problem a lot of those teams that make one-year turn arounds seem to fall back down to earth very quickly and very violently. None of us have forgotten how hard the Chiefs hit rock bottom after 2010, winning only nine games over the next two seasons. How do we know the 2013 Chiefs are not doomed for a significant fallback in 2014?

A post on National Football Post by Greg Gabriel tried to tackle this question of “One Year Wonder” with a simple breakdown of the roster. Here’s the conclusion he came to:

While the Chiefs lost some key players, I think they are a stronger team than a year ago. Being in the second year of both Andy Reid’s and Bob Sutton’s offensive and defensive schemes will only help. Obviously some younger players need to step up, but I feel that will happen, and the Chiefs will challenge Denver for the AFC West title.

Those are some bold words form Mr. Gabriel. Challenge Denver for the AFC West title? He does remember the Broncos made the Super Bowl last season, correct?

Denver is going to be a very good team in 2014 and will be favored to win the AFC West. But like Gabriel says, I don’t think it is an outlandish idea for the Chiefs to be competitive in the division in 2014 as they were in 2013. This isn’t a “one year wonder” situation for the Chiefs.

Three things the Chiefs have going for them that the 2010 team did not is they have substantially better coaching and quarterback play, a deeper roster that is built with a philosophy suited for the modern game, and stability. In 2011 the Chiefs had Matt Cassell at quarterback, the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley feud, a third offensive coordinator in three years, and a roster built to win the 1989 Super Bowl. We’ve been through enough as fans to come up with reasons why the Chiefs will go 0-16 but this isn’t the same organization as it was three years ago.

Kansas City is going to need some breaks like every other team in the NFL will need if they are going to make it back to the playoffs. However, it is not an outlandish thought in the current AFC landscape for the Chiefs to enter January with a chance to make a run for a Super Bowl.

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  • Bigtexjayhawk

    I dont think they will be a one hit wonder but we all need to realize that last year was an outlier. Weak schedule. Hurt QBs. We had a lot of breaks. With a harder schedule this year I see 9 and 7 as a possibility. I love that they are getting younger and faster. With a ton of picks next year I think we are in for some good years ahead.

    • berttheclock

      The Giants won the Suber Bowl with a regular season record of 9-7.

      • trinity

        The giants had Eli, and didn’t play in the same division as Peyton manning.

        • berttheclock

          Well, geesh, not having to play Peyton, who BTW, was injured in 2011 and the Colts went 2-14. The Giants won because their defense jelled and in January held opposing QBs to lower stats than Elis’ It was the combination of Eli’s offense improving and their defense rising to the top which prevailed, even over Tom Brady.

          • trinity

            I agree with that. Their defense had been subpar that regular season, but they clamped down in the playoffs. Eli, while inconsistent, was money in the clutch. I don’t think the chiefs are one hit wonders, but I think they’re going to have a rougher time of it next season. We’ll see how it goes for everyone in that division, because that’s what I think is the issue for the chiefs. That division. I don’t think they can win it, so they’re going to have to start on the road in the playoffs no matter what. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

          • pestcontrol

            Saints lol saints suck dick head! So does Dallas and new england! Spoke like a true fan of a division that has been irrelevant for years!

        • sidibeke

          Manning is beatable, especially late in the year when his team has asked him to throw a lot. I’m not arguing against his being one of the best QBs in the game and perhaps to have played the game, but he’s beatable.

          • trinity

            Peyton is definitely beatable. So are the other members of the 4 elite, Tom, Aaron, and Drew. Nobody is unbeatable. But when it comes to those elite guys, you have to have a plan. I don’t think anyone in that division can hang with peytons offense.

          • sidibeke

            Fair enough. What I’m saying is that Manning is 38, and he was asked to throw the ball 659 times last season, more than any other QB. Stats generally indicated that keeping att #s down pays dividends later in the season. Unless Den gets a run game going, I don’t think they’ll be quite as unbeatable as everyone thinks, particularly in the last quarter of the season.

          • trinity

            I agree with you that he’s old, but he’s been old since he got back, and he’s continued to be absolutely ridiculous. Sure it is possible that they could slow down, but the run game has never been as important on a Peyton led team as it is on other teams. Montee ball can’t suck, but I don’t think he has to rush for a thousand either. I think that with Peyton slinging it, even at the end of the season, they will be ok. Not just because of Peyton, but because of that recieving corp. They did a great job of getting Emanuel in free agency, and Cody Latimer in the draft. I think those 2 guys can replace Decker. I really believe that there’s only a handful of teams that can hang with them offensively, and only 2 that can stop them defensively. My team, the saints can score with them. So can Dallas, indy, and a healthy New England. I think oonly Seattle and San Francisco can stop them. We’ll see how it goes

          • pestcontrol

            Denver doesn’t need a running game with peyton manning!? Dude you are a worm and I cant believe the garbage u allow yourself to believe. Monte ball cant
            suck! Im willing to bet that he cant suck as bad as u, but seriously who can?

          • pestcontrol

            Hey guess what no one cares what you think about the chiefs or the donkeys dicks that you love to swing from. Fuck denver broncos, fuck Peyton manning and most of all fuck YOU! Pussy

          • trinity

            Lol is this making your day? I think it is. Is your rant going to change the fact that Denver will win the division? No it won’t. The only thing you’re doing is embarrassing yourself and making me laugh.

        • pestcontrol

          Spoke like a true pussy!

          • trinity

            *spoken like. Not spoke like. Spoken like.

  • freshmeat62

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Chiefs don’t make the playoffs this year. I’m thinking 8-8 maybe 7-9. For one thing they have a much harder schedule than last year. But saying that, I also think they are a better team than last year. Unlike that Northeastern, yuppie, neat suit and tie, Pioli, D&R are building a down in the trenches, knock em down drag em out solid core. Heck listening to Dorsey talk, his voice even sounds like he’s probably taken a couple judo chops to the throat sometime during his life.

    D&R are building a solid base from which they can add the glitz and glitter sparkly things (WR’s) too in the future.

    As for Denver, they are taking a chance of signing a lot of big names this year, mainly because it’s now or never w/ Manning. The problem w/ a lot of those big names is that they are towards the end of their careers and most have recent injury concerns. Same w/ Manning. Does he have 1 more good year in him? He looked pretty damn old in that SB. Mentally yeah, he still has it, but physically, I don’t know.

    • KCMikeG

      Keep in mind our difficult schedule is the same schedule the rest of the AFCW will play.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, and the other 3 have to play us twice apiece.

  • berttheclock

    In 1955, Carl Perkins wrote and sang “Blue Suede Shoes”. It was his only Number One hit in a very long career, so, he has been referred to as a “One Hit Wonder”.

    I have been wondering what the theme of the Chiefs will be this year. “Staying Alive” or “Moving On Up”? With the solid additions of the new talent and the fact the same coaching staff will be able to work with the players for a second season, I really believe it will be far closer to “Moving on Up” and this will not be remembered as a “Blue Suede Shoes” moment.

  • Josh Rose

    Let’s not forget that last year some of those teams were suppose to be a lot better i.e Dallas, NY, and Houston. Which we won all of those games last year but like Chris Berman says, “that’s why they play the games”. I believe we will go 10-6 and be a wild card. Unless Manning gets hurt #fingerscrossed

    • Deadmeat

      I don’t want Manning to get hurt. We need to beat him or Denver will hold that over us. If only Manning wasn’t hurt BS. I want to beat the best, not just limp in. We keep hearing about the soft schedule last year, still. But yet, Denver had a soft schedule too. Bah!

  • berttheclock

    The Chiefs have had 13-3 records with little result in the playoffs. Winning the SB is more of an ability to peak in January that it is to build a great first half of wins. Dorsey’s adding quality depth will pay off. So, just be able to make it into the playoffs and then show your very best on the race to the top.

  • berttheclock

    Now, should McKenzie really want to trade Denarius Moore, what would Dorsey give up for him. He has had great moments against the Chiefs, but, due to QB problems in Oakland has fallen out of favor. They just picked up Mr Dropsy in Greg Little and might want to trade Moore.

  • sidibeke

    Biggest break is for KC to stay healthy.

  • htmn74

    Five games have been decided by ONE score the last 4 seasons between Den and Kan Cty.

  • Keane Santos

    I think to some degree there is always that element on luck and of course staying healthy. Overall I’d say the team has a ton of talent but we’re obviously thin in some areas. Offensive line is still a concern and despite how great our offense flashed in the second half of the season, I still have my concerns there as well.

    The Chiefs have a tough opening schedule but all signs point to a winning culture being established here, excited for kickoff.

  • Stan Colbert

    I think Dorsey has done a fantastic job of adding “depth” to the roster! The skill positions seem to be pretty sound for second year. If the lines stay injury free and hold up KC should be in good shape.