Kansas City Chiefs: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason

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Kansas City Chiefs: State of Franchise at the Start of the 2014 Offseason
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If you consider the Kansas City Chiefs' 2013 season a disappointment, chances are that you're saved in someone's iPhone as "That Guy." 

Yes, the Wild Card Round collapse ripped your heart out quicker than Kano and stomped it like Kirk Franklin. In postseason context, last year was just a more scenic detour to another dead end. Different movie. Same ending. 

But pause on your cynicism and rewind to opening day. Did you honestly think Arrowhead would house the league's lone undefeated team at midseason? Did you predict that Andy Reid would U-turn the ship and pen a turnaround so drastic that only two teams in NFL history have bested it? 

Truth be told, if someone would've forecast a nine-win differential before Week 1, I would've handed them some sugar for their Kool-Aid. If said person speculated that the Chiefs would start 9-0, I would've advised them to use protection. If they told me that Alex Smith would lead a game-winning drive in the Pro Bowl, I would've made small talk while slowly backing away and scanning the room for sharp objects.

The point is that greatness doesn’t happen overnight. Nobody goes to bed an amateur and wakes up a champion. That being said, while some teams laid a few stepping stones of success last year, Reid built pillars. 

So, let’s take a look in the rear-view before focusing on the road ahead. 

 

Statistics provided by Sports-Reference.com. Salary-cap information and projections provided by Over The Cap.

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