To be fair General Manager, John Dorsey, deserves some of the credit as well. He was a roster-revolving machine a year ago. He never gave up in the singular pursuit to find the right 53 players that would fit Reid's signature coaching style.
For Reid, who gave up full player personnel control to Dorsey the day he was hired, decided being the boss of everything just didn't fit his tastes anymore. Knowing he wasn't saddled with player acquisition, contracts and a wide variety of other items that took him away from coaching, he was able to turn his Chiefs into winners virtually over night having just one job on his plate.
In 2014, the task to avoid taking a step back rather than going forward once again, won't be an easy road for Reid. That's because he has some obstacles in his path that weren't present last season.
First, the Chiefs have playoff teams galore on their schedule. It's also certain more roster turnover is expected before the first game of the season so what Reid has in July might not be at his disposal in September.
Lastly, Reid will have to battle expectations that weren't present a year ago from the Chiefs nation but more so from ownership, who swung some mighty big checks to get Reid everything he wanted to come to Kansas City.
The good news ahead for Chiefs fans is the fact Andy Reid never makes excuses no matter the difficulty of the tasks in his path. He knows, more than anyone else, what the make-up of his roster can and can't do. Entering year two, he knows their strengths and their specific weaknesses.
To grind that out, Reid has the coaching chops to handle both sides of that complex equation. Reid is a master at teaching, developing strategies and motivating his troops. He also knows much of the NFL game today isn't just X's and O's, its probably more psychology than anything else.
The NFL players of today have changed so much since he began his coaching career in the 90's. In fact, dealing with multitude of different personalities might be the most complex of task for any head coach. Thankfully Reid has been around the block a few times in his coaching tenure.
I'm not one to say all is gloom and doom for the 2014 Chiefs because I suspect a step back is quite possible this season and that might not be a bad thing for the long term success of this franchise.
However should Reid get his players to learn from their mistakes a year ago and teach them how to rise to the occasion in a big game, perhaps the playoffs aren't a dream for Kansas City this year.
And just maybe, that was Reid's plan all along.
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