Kansas City Chiefs' makeover pays dividends

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Andy

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the sidelines early in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 19, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Rich Schultz)

It isn’t often a 2-14 team makes the playoffs the following season, but it sure looks like the Kansas City Chiefs are headed in that direction.

Thanks to the arrival of new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith, as well as a reinvigorated defense using mostly the same players that were there last year, the Chiefs are 3-0 and the surprise team of the season so far.

Then again, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. We had Kansas City as an AFC wild card team this year, in large part because Reid knows what he’s doing when he has the right roster. After flaming out in Philly last year, Reid inherited a situation where he got a terrific game manager as his quarterback, a franchise running back in Jamaal Charles and a defense that has performed exceptionally well under new coordinator Bob Sutton, the former Jets’ linebackers coach.

It’s a terrific combination, and it gave Reid a memorable trip back to Philadelphia on Thursday night, when he beat his old team in convincing fashion.

Tags: kansas city chiefs , andy reid , alex smith , jamaal charles

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