Chiefs Must Stay Relevant

With training camp opening on Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in an unusual situation; they’re currently resting on page two behind the Kansas City Royals. If the Chiefs play this hand properly, they could turn it into a benefit. If not, they could get lost in the shuffle.

On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals dominated the local sports headlines when they acquired Cincinnati Reds Pitcher, Johnny Cueto. On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs open training camp with their rookies and quarterbacks. Sadly not many people are talking about that but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for KC’s football team.

For as long as I can remember, the Chiefs have always played top dog in the media department in Kansas City. In local sports, the Chiefs were either the front page story or at the top of every local sports news cast or sports talk radio show in town.

With the Royals adding Cueto, and running away with the AL Central divisional race, the Chiefs begin training camp with a unique opportunity to increase fan support under the radar of the Royals. Now generally, that’s not a good thing but Head Coach, Andy Reid, isn’t one to offer much information about his football team when facing the media. That might change in the next couple of months.

On the field, the players understand the scrutiny that usually follows each of them during training camp, probably will be overlooked because the media will be focusing on the baseball team and not the football team.

To me, though this bump in fan allegiance, creates a unique opportunity for the Chiefs to become media darlings. Let’s face it most NFL interviews are boring. Coaches and players usually don’t say much that creates and real singularity in their overall thoughts on any question asked.

Sure you get moments when players open up, and some choice quotes become instant classics, that generally find themselves on every social media platform within minutes, but for the most part it’s not all that interesting.

The Chiefs enter this training camp with a legitimate shot to dethrone the Denver Broncos from the top perch in the AFC West. On paper, they have the best team in Kansas City, I’ve seen since the Marty Schottenheimer era.

Sure they have some holes to fill, but overall, I can’t remember a roster that had playmakers on offense, defense and special teams, that could turn a loss into sudden victory.


The Royals have given the fans plenty to cheer about on the field.

In the NFL, the dog days of August are brutal on everyone. Coaches and players don’t like it, and generally speaking the fans in attendance, don’t really get a glimpse of what kind of team Reid will debut when the season opens in September.

Instead it’s a time to teach, develop and prepare the players for a brutal 16-gme schedule that will ultimately determine their playoff fate.

Though I’m sure the Chiefs don’t like playing in the shadows of the Royals they can learn something from their approach on the field and within the media. The reason the baseball team receives so much love from the local press and their enormous fan base, rests solely on the fact they’re all accessible.

As a fan, all you want is to feel that you’re a part of the team in some way. In the case of the Royals, the players sign autographs, banter with the fans, and the biggest ticket item, the team loves playing baseball with one another and the fans that show up at home and on the road.

The Chiefs need to step up their game in that regard in the month of August. To a man, they need to make the training camp experience about the fans. I know they’ve got work to do in preparation for the regular season but they can’t ignore the fact, those patrons that actually make the one hour trip from Kansas City, they must show an enormous amount of appreciation to those in attendance.

In the long term, the Chiefs will regain a foothold and find the balance within the sports media in Kansas City. After all, the game day experience at Arrowhead remains the jewel of the NFL.

Still being cognizant of the Royals success is something the Chiefs can feed off when the baseball season ends. If they do it properly, it would be a simple flip of the switch in October from baseball to football for the sports fans of Kansas City.

Of course, winning cures everything and the Chiefs will have to do plenty of that in order to stay relevant. Then again if the Royals fizzle in the post season, and don’t make a World Series run, as many suspect, the Chiefs will need to carry the torch.

Either way, the Chiefs better be ready on Tuesday when training camp opens, because their sports clock is open for business, and their fan base, will require the same attention the baseball team has poured out on and off the field in the last year.


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Sure you get moments when players open up, and some choice quotes become instant classics, that generally find themselves on every social media platform within minutes, but for the most part it’s not all that interesting. \r\n\r\n

The Chiefs enter this training camp with a legitimate shot to dethrone the Denver Broncos from the top perch in the AFC West. On paper, they have the best team in Kansas City, I’ve seen since the Marty Schottenheimer era.\r\n\r\n

Sure they have some holes to fill, but overall, I can’t remember a roster that had playmakers on offense, defense and special teams, that could turn a loss into sudden victory.\r\n\r\n


\r\nThe Royals have given the fans plenty to cheer about on the field.
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In the NFL, the dog days of August are brutal on everyone. Coaches and players don’t like it, and generally speaking the fans in attendance, don’t really get a glimpse of what kind of team Reid will debut when the season opens in September.\r\n\r\n

Instead it’s a time to teach, develop and prepare the players for a brutal 16-gme schedule that will ultimately determine their playoff fate. \r\n\r\n

Though I’m sure the Chiefs don’t like playing in the shadows of the Royals they can learn something from their approach on the field and within the media. The reason the baseball team receives so much love from the local press and their enormous fan base, rests solely on the fact they’re all accessible.\r\n\r\n

As a fan, all you want is to feel that you’re a part of the team in some way. In the case of the Royals, the players sign autographs, banter with the fans, and the biggest ticket item, the team loves playing baseball with one another and the fans that show up at home and on the road. \r\n\r\n

The Chiefs need to step up their game in that regard in the month of August. To a man, they need to make the training camp experience about the fans. I know they’ve got work to do in preparation for the regular season but they can’t ignore the fact, those patrons that actually make the one hour trip from Kansas City, they must show an enormous amount of appreciation to those in attendance.\r\n\r\n

In the long term, the Chiefs will regain a foothold and find the balance within the sports media in Kansas City. After all, the game day experience at Arrowhead remains the jewel of the NFL. \r\n\r\n

Still being cognizant of the Royals success is something the Chiefs can feed off when the baseball season ends. If they do it properly, it would be a simple flip of the switch in October from baseball to football for the sports fans of Kansas City.\r\n\r\n

Of course, winning cures everything and the Chiefs will have to do plenty of that in order to stay relevant. Then again if the Royals fizzle in the post season, and don’t make a World Series run, as many suspect, the Chiefs will need to carry the torch.\r\n\r\n

Either way, the Chiefs better be ready on Tuesday when training camp opens, because their sports clock is open for business, and their fan base, will require the same attention the baseball team has poured out on and off the field in the last year.\r\n\r\n

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On Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Royals dominated the local sports headlines when they acquired Cincinnati Reds Pitcher, Johnny Cueto. On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs open training camp with their rookies and quarterbacks. Sadly not many people are talking about that but that’s not necessarily a bad thing for KC’s football team.

For as long as I can remember, the Chiefs have always played top dog in the media department in Kansas City. In local sports, the Chiefs were either the front page story or at the top of every local sports news cast or sports talk radio show in town.

With the Royals adding Cueto, and running away with the AL Central divisional race, the Chiefs begin training camp with a unique opportunity to increase fan support under the radar of the Royals. Now generally, that’s not a good thing but Head Coach, Andy Reid, isn’t one to offer much information about his football team when facing the media. That might change in the next couple of months.

On the field, the players understand the scrutiny that usually follows each of them during training camp, probably will be overlooked because the media will be focusing on the baseball team and not the football team.

To me, though this bump in fan allegiance, creates a unique opportunity for the Chiefs to become media darlings. Let’s face it most NFL interviews are boring. Coaches and players usually don’t say much that creates and real singularity in their overall thoughts on any question asked.

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Sure you get moments when players open up, and some choice quotes become instant classics, that generally find themselves on every social media platform within minutes, but for the most part it’s not all that interesting.

The Chiefs enter this training camp with a legitimate shot to dethrone the Denver Broncos from the top perch in the AFC West. On paper, they have the best team in Kansas City, I’ve seen since the Marty Schottenheimer era.

Sure they have some holes to fill, but overall, I can’t remember a roster that had playmakers on offense, defense and special teams, that could turn a loss into sudden victory.


The Royals have given the fans plenty to cheer about on the field.

In the NFL, the dog days of August are brutal on everyone. Coaches and players don’t like it, and generally speaking the fans in attendance, don’t really get a glimpse of what kind of team Reid will debut when the season opens in September.

Instead it’s a time to teach, develop and prepare the players for a brutal 16-gme schedule that will ultimately determine their playoff fate.

Though I’m sure the Chiefs don’t like playing in the shadows of the Royals they can learn something from their approach on the field and within the media. The reason the baseball team receives so much love from the local press and their enormous fan base, rests solely on the fact they’re all accessible.

As a fan, all you want is to feel that you’re a part of the team in some way. In the case of the Royals, the players sign autographs, banter with the fans, and the biggest ticket item, the team loves playing baseball with one another and the fans that show up at home and on the road.

The Chiefs need to step up their game in that regard in the month of August. To a man, they need to make the training camp experience about the fans. I know they’ve got work to do in preparation for the regular season but they can’t ignore the fact, those patrons that actually make the one hour trip from Kansas City, they must show an enormous amount of appreciation to those in attendance.

In the long term, the Chiefs will regain a foothold and find the balance within the sports media in Kansas City. After all, the game day experience at Arrowhead remains the jewel of the NFL.

Still being cognizant of the Royals success is something the Chiefs can feed off when the baseball season ends. If they do it properly, it would be a simple flip of the switch in October from baseball to football for the sports fans of Kansas City.

Of course, winning cures everything and the Chiefs will have to do plenty of that in order to stay relevant. Then again if the Royals fizzle in the post season, and don’t make a World Series run, as many suspect, the Chiefs will need to carry the torch.

Either way, the Chiefs better be ready on Tuesday when training camp opens, because their sports clock is open for business, and their fan base, will require the same attention the baseball team has poured out on and off the field in the last year.

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