The Kansas City Chiefs are a team that fell woefully short of expectations in 2011.
A division crown the previous year meant that hopes were high, but when three marquee players went down with season-ending injuries, a downward spiral began.
The Chiefs were anemic on offense, and generous on defense.
In 2012, there is a new coach in Romeo Crennel, and fans are hoping that his calming influence will help lead the team to the playoffs once again.
The roster is young and in excellent shape. There is a set of highly talented skill players on offense that include Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe. Defensively, All-Pro stars like Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson are leading a vastly improving unit.
The only lingering question mark that remains is at quarterback. Matt Cassel has not played to the level of his contract, and fans are anxious for a winning player at the position.
Pieces are in place for this team to win now, but it remains to be seen if they can make a deep playoff run.