Resilience… “The ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”
Calamity, the season that was 2012… hardship.
Scott Pioli, banners, angry fans, a baby without parents, and the worst season in Chief football history.
It was the toughest season I’ve experienced as a Chief fan personally. Things happened last year I’d never seen before in the NFL, tragedy I hope doesn’t show itself again.
Players are eager to forget it, move on, and to never speak of it again. Everyone wants to be BETTER, overcome and bounce back quickly. These Chiefs think they can. To be bold, they know they can.
“I think this defense, this team, will definitely be a lot better than a year ago,” said new Chief cornerback Dunta Robinson.
Speaking on Chemistry and being improved Jamaal Charles said Kansas City “is going to” win more than two games.
New guys like Mike DeVito said day-1 that the Chiefs didn’t remind him of a 2-14 team, but a team than can win playoff games.
What doesn’t sink you can make you better. Clark Hunt adjusted swiftly after last year, hired Andy Reid to be his head coach and brought in John Dorsey to replace Pioli.
So far it’s been that easy change, it’s working, players have responded fast to Reid.
I also know players like Derrick Johnson have been ready for a long time to win.
“I still feel young,” said Johnson. “I’m moving as fast as I’ve ever moved before. I’ve been working out, working my butt off this season. Just to get back with the young guys and get this thing going.”
Tamba Hali says he’s taking it a season at a time, like Derrick Johnson he’s an “older” Chief now. Not NFL ancient, but in his prime. Hali wants success.
“We’re getting older, and it’s starting to hit you more,” said Hali. “Eight years ago, it was fun coming out here and proving you could play the game, but at this stage in your career, you want to prove something, you want to win a Super Bowl, you want to accomplish something.”
Having established players like Johnson, Hali, Brandon Flowers, Dwayne Bowe, and Charles helps speed up Reid’s plan, but Reid is the big cog. Alex Smith can be the difference maker.
How fast Kansas City recovers depends on Reid and Smith, it really does. Because guys like Derrick Johnson are rearing to go, they’re beyond ready.
Resilience… A good word. The definition made me think of the Chief fan, what we’ve been through and bouncing back this season.
I think the Chiefs have that ability to mend, the right coach, and the best fans in the NFL to pull it out.
I really do.
Good day, Chiefs fans!