A 9-0 start in 2013 after a 2-14 record in 2012. This was a team that defied odds and proved that a change in culture means everything to the success of a franchise.
The Kansas City Chiefs are a team of true grit. Andy Reid and his cast of players were on point, knew what they needed to do and did it, taking the franchise to the playoffs again.
The changes in coaching and the quarterback situation were the only things really holding this team back.
The defense was powerful, the running game was impressive and the quarterback was a game manager that was needed to make receivers and running backs look like they were better than they may have been.
The only damper on the season was Peyton Manning and the Broncos owned them in every way possible. It is conceivable if the Chiefs had beaten Denver just once, all roads to the Super Bowl could have run through Missouri.
If Kansas City is going to get over the hump and take another step forward, changes still need to be made. Here are three resolutions that will help make that happen.
A decision on Dwayne Bowe
Bowe seems to be the wild card with this team. He is a talented receiver, but you never know. It seems like Bowe wants to be the best receiver in the game, but he may not always put out the most effort and may not want to be in Kansas City. I expect him to be somewhere else in 2014.
The brilliance of Andy Reid
The fact Reid worked magic in Philadelphia and then left the Eagles to do the same thing in Kansas City proved how great he is. The fact the Chiefs were talented as a team and molded to what Reid wanted in the roster and then executing to perfection what had been preached. Egos were checked at the door and the team became one. Those types of situations are rare and it speaks to the job Reid did this season.
More defensive credit
There was such a change in this team and it proved a few things about the franchise. The defense was much improved. Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and a secondary which played above and beyond its potential. Sometimes it is just better to allow teams to overachieve and pick up the pieces later. From the first game of the season against Jacksonville, you could tell this was a team that just better all around.