The Chiefs won two games last season. The ineptitude was enough to cost the front office and coaching staff their jobs, and now the rebuilding effort is under way with general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid at the controls.
Whatever happens, it's fair to assume that Kansas City will improve on its 2012 effort. Whether it's enough to catapult the Chiefs into the postseason is another matter, though there's no harm in lofty expectations -- which is exactly what the Chiefs have a few weeks out from training camp.
Last week, running back Jamaal Charles said that he thought Alex Smith was a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. On Wednesday, cornerback Brandon Flowers offered up his expectations for Kansas City's secondary.
"We going out there trying to have the best secondary," Flowers said during an appearance on NFL Network's NFL AM. "Sean Smith is a big corner that can bump and run ... we brought in Dunta Robinson, someone who can come in and cover, [and] also, Eric Berry is always roaming on the back end. If we put it all together, man, I think we have the pieces to be the best secondary in the NFL."
Flowers' claim is certainly more reasonable than Charles' suggestion regarding Smith, although we wouldn't be surprised if the Chiefs finished around .500. (Maybe that sounds a tad optimistic but remember the 2012 Colts? In 2011, they were 2-14. Also: Not a season goes by that a really bad team from the year before doesn't miraculously turns things around and makes the playoffs. It can happen.)
According FootballOutsiders.com, the Chiefs' defense ranked 30th last season, something new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, plans to change.
"That's the M.O. of this system, to pressure the quarterback and make him feel uncomfortable, which is easy to say and hard to do," Sutton told the Kansas City Star in late May. "But we'll continue down that road. You can't give anybody in this league, especially the good quarterbacks, a steady diet of anything because they'll usually figure it out. So you have to have some flexibility in what you do. There's a lot of different ways that you can put pressure on the quarterback, whether it's physical pressure or mental pressure, whatever. That's the direction we'd like to head."
Sutton, who arrives in Kansas City after working for Rex Ryan in New York, knows defense is as much about execution as it is attitude.
"We're trying to develop a certain kind of culture here, not only how we do something but the way we do it," Sutton continued. "To me, that's probably just as critical as learning the Xs and Os, the blitzes, the coverages, etc. That's the one element that will allow you to sustain through all parts of a season. We know every season has its ups and downs and when you have this culture ... it really helps you. That's one of the things the guys have tried to embrace, buy into."
Talk, as they say, is cheap. But we'll know soon enough. Training camp is right around the corner.
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