It may not be possible to fully appreciate what turned out to be the greatest single-season turnaround in Kansas City Chiefs history, going from 2-14 in 2012, to 11-5 in 2013, without starting from the very beginning.
Kansas City's 2012 season ended with a loss on Dec. 30; eight days later, after meticulous research, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt hired Andy Reid, who was introduced as the club's 13th head coach in franchise history on Jan. 7.
Shortly after his introductory press conference, the team's new head coach began building his new team, starting with his second-to-none coaching staff, when Clark Hunt made his next big hire, signing John Dorsey as the team's sixth general manager in club history on Jan. 12. During Dorsey's first Chiefs presser, he was immediately asked for his thoughts on who the team would select with its No. 1-overall pick in the NFL Draft and how he felt about the Chiefs QB situation.
"A lot of it is these two guys right here (John Dorsey and Andy Reid)," Smith said. "The opportunity to work with coach Reid is something that from all the quarterbacks that I ever talked to and gotten to know that have ever played for him have only had good things to say. His pedigree, I think speaks, for itself. You look at this team; you look at what's here, the pieces that are in place, and from the outside looking in, you see the talent that is here, you see the potential. It's just a matter of getting things going, getting that chemistry right, that culture right. This was a place that I looked at that had the makings and I wanted to be a part of."
The Chiefs roster also was upgraded with key signings, including P
The team made the most of its stay in St. Joseph, Missouri, where, after morning practices, it continued learning more about the new offensive, defensive and special teams strategies in afternoon meetings, which continued to help solidify the foundation the team would stand on throughout 2013.
Kansas City went 1-3 in its four preseason games and one week before the team kicked off its regular season in Jacksonville, John Dorsey and his personnel staff helped "advance us forward," by adding seven players, six of whom are still with the team (CB
The Chiefs were now set to open the season, on the road, Sept. 8, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. We'll break down that matchup, as well as the rest of the team's first month of the regular season, during tomorrow's part two of the 2013 review.