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Chiefs owner thinks team can contend for Super Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  Clark Hunt, CEO and Chairman of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, visits the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl 50 Radio Row at the Moscone Center on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM) Getty Images

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt believes he has a good team on his hands, and doesn’t think they need a major overhaul in order to compete for a title.

During a radio interview with WHB in Kansas City, Hunt said last week that he thought the Chiefs were capable of contending for a Super Bowl, and injuries leading into their playoff loss to the Patriots underscored the importance of earning a bye.

I do think we have a lot of the ingredients that you need in order to make it to the Super Bowl, namely a great head coach and his coaching staff, a quality quarterback and a tough defense,” Hunt said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “I think we have those ingredients and we have a lot of players who are entering the prime of their careers, and hopefully we’ll be playing in Super Bowl 51 next year.’’

Of course, there’s plenty of work to be done before then, as they have 15 unrestricted free agents, a list topped by Pro Bowler linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry.

“Free agency and the [salary] cap are a challenge each year,’’ Hunt said. “We have a number of free agents this year, important players. We are in pretty good cap shape, maybe the best cap shape we’ve been in for a few years. Certainly getting those players re-signed is going to be a big priority for us here over the next couple of months.’’

Other than the big names, the Chiefs also have several other free agents worth retaining, including cornerback Sean Smith, defensive lineman Jaye Howard and offensive lineman Jeff Allen. And if they’re going to keep the band together, they have a lot of work to do between now and the start of free agency.

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22 Responses to “Chiefs owner thinks team can contend for Super Bowl”
  1. therealtrenches says: Feb 9, 2016 2:32 PM

    Headline should read: Chiefs Owner Thinks Team Can Mismanage Clock Late in Big, Important Games.

  2. kcnative says: Feb 9, 2016 2:37 PM

    At this point in time I think anyone who makes the playoffs can contend for a SB, as quite a few lower seeds have not only been there but won it all the last 20 years or so.

    That being said, I don’t really see how this is news. KC is clearly a playoff team and has beaten the SB winner two years in a row now.

  3. wallabear says: Feb 9, 2016 2:51 PM

    Nah. Andy (Reid) would need to reunite with Marty Mornhinweg for that to happen.

  4. securb2013 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:05 PM

    The season is over I am sure Haslam, Ross and Uncle Jerry would say the same thing if you stuck a mic in their face.

  5. orange and blue owns the NFL says: Feb 9, 2016 3:13 PM

    The Andy and Alex show?

    No.

  6. i thumbs down your comment says: Feb 9, 2016 3:14 PM

    I would love for Alex Smith to have a shot at a ring. Guy has done nothing but be a true pro while being dumped on throughout his career.

  7. jjfootball says: Feb 9, 2016 3:14 PM

    LOL ! THEY WERE LUCKY TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR!

  8. jjfootball says: Feb 9, 2016 3:15 PM

    ALEX SMITH CAN’T WIN A SUPERBOWL!

  9. mototax says: Feb 9, 2016 3:18 PM

    KC is like the Colts. They can beat any team any Sunday but can’t win the big games. Denver can! New England can! That’s the difference.

    So yes, KC will probably go to the playoffs next year. No, they won’t be in the Super Bowl.

  10. beauregard says: Feb 9, 2016 3:26 PM

    KC goes on great runs…during the regular season. This garners them such tags as “The Team Nobody Wants To Play”. Then they get to a playoff game a choke…again.
    The last time they were in a Super Bowl the USA was entrenched in the Viet Nam war.

  11. kcflake says: Feb 9, 2016 3:27 PM

    Clark Hunt is Right. If my Chiefs keep the right defensive free agents, get back a healthy Jamall charles and add a legit #2 wide receiver, we Can contend for a Super Bowl next season. Go Chiefs.

  12. TheWizard says: Feb 9, 2016 3:41 PM

    They did just contend this year. Not sure why this is a story, but it is the offseason now.

    Get ready for a few thousand more like this.

  13. hopethechiefsalwayslose says: Feb 9, 2016 3:43 PM

    LOL!!!!!!

  14. mmack66 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:51 PM

    Now that their arch nemesis Peyton Manning is done, they might have a better shot.

  15. dmitchell624 says: Feb 9, 2016 3:52 PM

    Does Clark know they just played the Super Bowl?

    They might want to try getting out of the first round once before thinking about the Super Bowl……just saying….

  16. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Feb 9, 2016 4:11 PM

    Clock. Management.

  17. widerightyouloseagain says: Feb 9, 2016 4:25 PM

    Not without a QB that can throw an accurate pass over 5 yards downfield.

    Alice just doesn’t cut it.

  18. ctchiefsfan25 says: Feb 9, 2016 5:34 PM

    Go CHIEFS!!!!

  19. fanofpft says: Feb 9, 2016 6:14 PM

    Provided they don’t face the likes of the Pathetics in Fraudborough where the refs steal the game away.

    Chiefs fans let me guess Sean Smith should have at least 5 more INTs every season from balls bouncing off his stone hands. I see he has never had 3 in a season from when he left here. It was SO frustrating watching him play.

  20. charliecharger says: Feb 9, 2016 6:53 PM

    The Chiefs have a super bowl roster except for the most important position. QB.

  21. jjackwagon says: Feb 10, 2016 11:16 AM

    Love the Alex haters. You do realize an over-the-hill Peyton Manning just won a SB.
    All you need is an outstanding D. Denver has it and KC is really close.

  22. headwoundharry says: Feb 17, 2016 7:36 PM

    Wow. KC wins it’s first playoff game (against a suck opponent) in 100 years and now they are talking SB? That is pretty hysterical!

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