2013: Where the Chiefs dynasty began Part 1

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The 2012 season was a rough one for the Kansas City Chiefs to say the absolute least.  Between rough QB play, a head coach in way over his head, tragedy, and overall incompetence from the front office it seemed like nothing went right.  The lone bright spot that season from an offensive point-of-view was Jamaal Charles who was coming back after tearing his ACL the year prior.  He would have won Comeback Player of the Year had it not been for Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson being in the mix.  Something had to change so on Black Monday, Romeo Crennel was relieved of his duties as Head Coach but Scott Pioli would remain GM for now.  The Chiefs would be on the search for a new Head Coach but they wouldn’t have to wait long.


The day everything changed

Andy Reid was let go as the Head Coach of the Eagles the same day Romeo Crennel was by the Chiefs.  The last couple of years in the City of Brotherly Love had been a mixed bag.  After the “Dream Team” of 2011 failed to live up to expectations, 2012 was a disaster for Reid both personally and professionally.  Much like the Chiefs, Andy would face his tragedy when his oldest son, Garrett, overdosed on August 5th, 2012 just a few months before the Belcher tragedy.  It was an omen of things to come for the man who would go on to become Big Red.

After being fired from the Eagles, nobody would have blamed Andy Reid for taking a year off.  Between the loss of his son and the rough last couple of seasons, the man could have used a break.  It was clear that the man and taking a break would never get to know each other because he had already started getting a new staff for wherever he landed.  Teams were prepared to fly him out from Philly to interview him.  One of those teams was the Kansas City Chiefs.  After the interview with the Chiefs, the Cardinals were next in line but as well all know, Reid never went to Arizona.

On January 4th, 2013 Andy Reid officially signed a 5-year deal with the Chiefs.  On the same day, Scott Pioli was fired as General Manager as Andy had final authority in these matters thanks to his contract.  The next week, the Chiefs new General Manager would be hired in John Dorsey.  He had a long history with Andy going back to their days in Green Bay.  Dorsey would have the final say in personnel matters but both would report to Clark Hunt.

John Dorsey would remain the GM until August of 2017, just a few months after taking Patrick Mahomes.  His inability to manage the cap played a big part in him getting his walking papers.  He had an eye for talent as we will see later but he always seemed to be a year late when it came to the big contracts.


Finding a QB

One of the first matters for Andy Reid and John Dorsey is finding a new QB to lead the team.  The duo of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn led to one of the worst offenses in modern football.  The upcoming draft was a barren wasteland when it came to the position, and the Chiefs held the first overall pick.  Knowing this, John and Andy would have to look elsewhere for their new signal caller.  Thankfully for them, there was one available in a place where the Chiefs historically found a number of their QBs: San Fransisco.

Alex Smith had a roller-coaster of a career in the Bay Area.  After being taken 1st overall in the 2005 draft, a draft that also contained Aaron Rodgers, his first few years were not the greatest.  A dual-threat QB coming out of Utah, the 49ers never really capitalized on his mobility.  Throw in multiple offensive coordinators, a botched shoulder surgery that would sap most of his arm strength, and frequent benchings, and you can see why he seldom had a chance.  That all changed when Jim Harbaugh took over in 2011.

It wasn’t that simple though since Alex’s contract was coming up and to say that he had been a bust would be the understatement of the century.  The 49ers would draft a QB in the second round of that year’s draft by the name of Colin Kaepernick.  Alex would take the young Kaepernick under his wing, all the while taking the 49ers to the NFC Championship against the eventual Super Bowl winners, the New York Giants.  Smith was two muffed kicks from taking the 49ers to the Super Bowl.  Sadly, this would be one of the last games for Alex in a 49ers uniform.

Alex had been off to a fast start in 2012 but got hurt in the week 9 game against the Rams and never started a game for the 49ers again.  He did do his part and mentored the young Kaepernick much like he would do several years later with Patrick Mahomes.  Alex was due for a fresh start and Andy Reid had always liked the former Utah QB, even trying to trade for him while he was in Philly.  Alex had shown promise the last three years in San Fransisco, and so on February 27th, 2013, the 49ers and the Chiefs agreed to a trade that would send Alex to KC for the 34th overall pick and a 2014 third-round pick that would become a second-round pick if the Chiefs won 8 or more games.

Alex would go on to become a solid QB for the Chiefs.  This included a couple of Pro Bowl nods, the Chiefs first playoff win in over 20 years, and a mentor for Patrick Mahomes during his rookie year.  Smith was always an enigma for some in the Chiefs Kingdom but this writer will always look back at his time in KC fondly.  He was a class act and a great human being.


Next time…

In part 2, the rest of free agency, the draft, and the Waiver Wire 7.  Stay tuned for that.


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02/21/2024 6:29 pm

Good job Ranger, keep ’em coming.

Reply to  pompano
02/21/2024 7:59 pm

yeah, and I liked the AS11 stats SF / KC

02/21/2024 4:17 pm

Chiefs just uploaded this video to YOUTUBE

02/21/2024 4:16 pm


02/21/2024 2:51 pm

Something to ponder —
What happens if the 2017 team went to the Super Bowl with Smith at QB? They were good enough to make it if a few breaks went the other way. Does Smith still get traded?

Reply to  ForeverRanger91
02/21/2024 4:04 pm

I cant think of a QB that made the Super Bowl the previous year being traded. They usually get contract extensions

Reply to  WaywerdSon
02/21/2024 5:35 pm

Good question, and the kind of dilemma I would have loved to have
I don’t know. My guess is no, and Mahomes sits a second year.
OR… they lightly suggest to Alex that retiring at the top is a great way to go out.

02/21/2024 2:39 pm

Great write up Ranger. I want more!!!! Don’t stop!

02/21/2024 12:40 pm

Chiefs just uploaded this video to YOUTUBE

02/21/2024 11:22 am

How good is Andy Reid?
Since 2000, the Pats have the most CG appearances with 13. All with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
The #3 and 4 teams are Eagles (7) and Chiefs (6).
So Andy equaled the top number, but did it with two different teams and at least 4 different QBs.
There is no longer a question in my mind that AR is the best ever.


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Reply to  NovaChiefs
02/21/2024 11:48 am

AR is the best ever


Reply to  upamtn
02/21/2024 1:24 pm

One of the best for sure. IMO he needs to do something that hasn’t been done for that title. A “hat trick” would do it for me.

Reply to  probablyamistake
02/21/2024 1:42 pm

You mean hatrick right? (Trademark pending)

Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
02/21/2024 4:15 pm

Whatever works. 😁

Reply to  ForeverRanger91
02/21/2024 4:23 pm

that Tampa team was far from average. They won 7 games the year before with a QB that turned it over a staggering 44 times. They just needed a QB that wasnt totally brain dead

Reply to  WaywerdSon
02/22/2024 8:12 am

Possibly the best recieving corps of alltime on that team.

Reply to  ForeverRanger91
02/21/2024 5:38 pm

I think from what we’ve seen, that paradox isn’t so difficult to decide.
Brady: SB title
Hoodie: 3 horrible seasons
Shula has an argument. Perfect season, two franchises to the SB, two (I think he was gone by the time the Colts beat the Cowboys) rings. And a crap load of wins.

Reply to  ForeverRanger91
02/22/2024 8:10 am

11-5 and missed the playoffs. 2 teams in their division finished with a better record.

02/21/2024 11:17 am

01/04/2013=Day Zero for the Chiefs dynasty
No losing seasons since
Missed the playoffs once since
8 AFCW Championships since
4 AFC Conference titles since (more than any other team, including the Pats)
3 Super Bowl titles since (as many as any AFCW team total since 1967)
3 lead pipe locks for the HoF (Mahomes, Kelce, Jones)

Any other date for the start of this Dynasty is, well, wrong.

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Reply to  NovaChiefs
02/21/2024 1:59 pm

I agree. The Chiefs were really good even before Mahomes arrived.

Reply to  MasterChief
02/21/2024 2:31 pm

but no Super Bowls!

AS11 is “just a game manager”

oh, the horrors …

totally agree: Reid changed the culture of the team from Day One … he got the QB that he wanted (and was available) and made everything work on both sides of the ball, something the Chiefs lacked since the Hank Stram days

Reply to  MasterChief
02/21/2024 3:05 pm

They were okay. Really good is a stretch.

Reply to  NovaChiefs
02/21/2024 3:05 pm

Meh. I say the dynasty started the day they fired Bob Poopy Pants Sutton. While hiring Andy and drafting Mahomes laid the groundwork for the dynasty, you cant call yourself a dynasty if youve never won shit, which they hadnt until the 2019 season. The season after they dumped ol’ bob poopy pants 5 years too late (i think it was 5 years, should have been left in Indy after the debacle)

49ers were 100% correct to recognize and dump their loser DC when they had the chance.

Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
02/21/2024 8:07 pm

49ers were 100% correct to recognize and dump their loser DC when they had the chance

dude, you DO realize (I hope) that one of the major reasons the Niners lost was because their O-Line couldn’t handle or figure out the Chiefs Defense and the 2nd Half blitzes … on top of their Offense *not* getting the desired TD to open the OT (and as tired as their Defense was, they did the right thing: it’s 50/50 any way you do it)

and had it not been for a muffed punt and subsequent recovery by KC (and a very short field) the Chiefs may not have even gone to OT at all (for much of the game, the KC Offense was simply NOT lighting the world on fire)

Reply to  upamtn
02/22/2024 8:08 am

I actually think he did a pretty good job against our not good offense in the super bowl. Their hc did have to call a timeout because he didnt like the formation they were in one time.

However he sucked the previous 2 weeks. Sucked so bad his players werent even trying their hardest.

Lot of top end talent on that defense and they were meh all season.

Sutton should have been fired after the colts debacle. Showed all his horrible flaws that he never fixed in his time in KC.

02/21/2024 10:48 am

most excellent post, Ranger … thank you SO much! (can’t wait for Part 2 so I can find out what happened!)

Team Player
Reply to  upamtn
02/21/2024 11:15 am

The suspense is almost as bad as when I watched the Super Bowl outside Union Station a week ago.

Reply to  Team Player
02/21/2024 11:55 am

gotta love a good mystery

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