Many expect the Chiefs, who had three times as many Pro Bowlers as wins in 2012, to instantly improve with Andy Reid as the coach and Alex Smith as the quarterback.
Reid addressed whether those expectations are fair in a recent interview with NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.
“Well, listen, it’s part of football, and that’s what makes it so great, and people have their opinion on where you’re going to finish, and how those things go, the reality of it is you got to go play and you can’t worry about all of that,” Reid said. “You can’t predict the future. I wish we could, be we can’t. So you take care of business in the now and make sure that you get yourself right so that when you have that opportunity to play whatever team that you’re playing, you do your best. So that’s kind of the approach we’ve taken. We’ll see, but we’re going to go out and give it our best shot and see what happens.”
Expectations inside the building are high, too. Cornerback Dunta Robinson has said at least twice that the Chiefs can make it to the playoffs. And Reid has no problem with that.
“Well, you want expectations inside the building, and you want our team to be confident,” Reid said. “You want them to think that they have that shot. I mean, that’s what we’re all shooting for. Everybody shoots I think for the Super Bowl. It’s a primary goal, and you work your tail off to go try and win that thing, and so I wouldn’t want it any less from the players. I want them to say that, but at the same time most of all I want them to keep working hard to do that, and that’s the approach you got to take.
“It’s one thing to say it, it’s another thing to get out there and bust your tail and pay the fiddler, so you got to make sure that you’re spending the time and the effort and that’s real, that’s what’s real, the talk is not real, it’s what you get done, and so that’s what we’re doing.”
Whether they can do it when it counts is something we’ll start to figure out in three weeks and two days, when the 2013 regular season launches.