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State of the Franchise
For the third time in as many years, the Chiefs will begin their season with a new head coach, namely Andy Reid, who was fired by the Eagles following the least successful of his 14 years with the Philadelphia organization. His 4-12 record, however, was still better than the Chiefs' cellar-dwelling 2-14 mark. That final grade earned Romeo Crennel his walking papers after one horribly disappointing season and landed Reid a fresh start with the NFL Draft's top pick and a deceptively talented roster.
Prior to making Eric Fisher the team's future left tackle with the No. 1 selection, Reid made a deal that could determine his and the Chiefs' fate within the next few seasons. A draft class fraught with questionable signal callers forced Reid's hand some, but giving up a high second-round pick this year and conditional third in 2014 could be a reasonable price to pay for a proven starting quarterback, especially with the team looking to contend immediately. Alex Smith has the accurate arm and the seasoning to deftly run Reid's West Coast attack. His 104.1 passer rating in 2012 was the third-highest mark among all quarterbacks to start at least 10 games, while his 70.2 percent completion percentage was tops. With the crucial re-signing of talented receiver Dwayne Bowe and the addition of solid targets in WR Donnie Avery and TE Anthony Fasano, the Chiefs and Smith should greatly improve on the NFL's worst passing offense. With 30 touchdowns to