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14 Days to Camp: Why Not Now?
It's been an interesting seven months for Chiefs fans. At seasons end, Chairman Clark Hunt, turned the franchise upside down, shook out the lingering stench of the ‘Patriot Way' and began an overhaul that quite honestly could become his franchise signature for the next decade. Mr. Hunt ousted Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel and ushered in John Dorsey and Andy Reid to save his fledgling franchise. And let's face it; Mr. Hunt was out of lifelines. The 2012 Kansas City Chiefs season was the worst in franchise history. And had he not done anything, we might just be hearing rumblings about the Chiefs being one of two franchises to land in Los Angeles. But 2013 represents a fresh start for this franchise. And to date, they've begun the long road back to respectability by making the moves they've made to date. But I ask the question, has anyone really noticed? For our hometown sports fans, we've been teased the last few months with the play of KC's parking lot neighbors, the Kansas City Royals. As they tinker some six games back, they've spent enough time in our minds to distract us from really diving into our football team. And that might not be a bad thing. With the economy still in a state of flux, our kids out of school for another month or so, our passion for sports tends to dive between what's real and what's not and what we see and what we don't. To some degree, the Royals are real. And even though I've maintained through my fifty years on this earth that Kansas City is a baseball town first and foremost, it's true heartbeat rests inside the red blood of its football team. The Chiefs symbolize Kansas City because of its rich tradition and through the last several decades, its lunch pale mentality. This franchise has had a few superstars in its midst. But unlike other franchises with a trophy case full of Super Bowl trophies, our team hasn't taken the leap beyond its glory days in the late 60's. If the fan base is going to embrace the new regime, the new direction and the roster of new players, this upcoming training camp has to set that tone. This franchise can't afford a long adjustment period or slow August days that turn into brutal Sundays in September and beyond. From the onset of the first whistle, the first crushing hit, the first completed pass and the first interception in practice, Andy Reid, must push his players to have that winning edge the second they walk out onto that practice field in front of the starved fan base that wants a winner right now. There is nothing more difficult to overcome than believing you can't win in the NFL. For most of the last decade, this franchise has excelled in losing. But under this regime, no longer will that be accepted. Reid's toughest job won't be to get his team ready to play on Sunday's but to get them to find the winning mindset again, because it's lost its way in that regard. So if he can do that, this franchise can do almost anything its collective mind can imagine. And should that occur, Kansas City would once again be a football town! And deep down isn't that what we all really want? Follow @ChiefsInsider Tweet WARPAINT ILLUSTRATED MESSAGE BOARDS: Can Andy Reid bring the wins back to the Chiefs? For all the news, notes and quotes on the Chiefs, visit WarpaintIllustrated.com Chiefs Home | Latest News | Facebook | Message Boards | Subscribe Now!
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