The Kansas City Chiefs, like every team in the NFL, are bubbling with optimism right now. To a man, the players are excited about new head coach Andy Reid’s approach and are ready to go after an AFC West title.
Like his players, owner Clark Hunt feels good about the man running things on the field. But after watching one of the final practices of the offseason program Tuesday, Hunt wanted to make it clear he’s not clearing space for a trophy with his father’s name on it yet.
“I always have very high expectations,” Hunt said, “but you try to temper those expectations. We do have a new staff. We have a lot of new players. I don’t know how quickly it will come together once we get to September, but I’m very excited about what I’m seeing this spring.”
Way back in April, LB Derrick Johnson pointed out the Chiefs were reloading, not rebuilding. That’s something Hunt echoed after practice.
“I wouldn’t use the term ‘rebuilding.'”, the owner told the gathered reporters. “We came into 2013 with a lot of talented football players on the team. John Dorsey has done a great job in adding some people who I think will help us both this year and down the road.”
During a time when everyone is in first place and the talk of championships goes beyond just a handful of contenders, it’s a little curious to see Hunt already try to slow down talk of a big year. This is a team built to win now and anything short of making a run in the playoffs needs to be seen as a failure.