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09-24-2010, 10:31 AM
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Dexter McCluster's 94-yard punt return for a touchdown set off the celebrating in Kansas City.
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Year in and year out, is there any story in the NFL we tend to love and embrace more than that of the turnaround team? We find the journey from worst-to-first an irresistible narrative to either root for or follow, and every offseason much energy is spent by fans and NFL pundits alike trying to identify which team or teams will make the happy trek from pathetic to the playoffs.
I'm not offering a prediction here about who will be this year's version of Cinderella, per se. But as usual, there are a handful of candidates who have quickly identified themselves in the opening weeks of the regular season. I spent some time on the phone Thursday with Chiefs owner Clark Hunt, because of all the surprising 2-0 starts -- and I would number Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Miami among that group -- none intrigue me like the undefeated Chiefs when it comes to their potential to rise from the depths and give us another turnaround team to toast and remember.
It's the snapshot of what it's really like in those early, giddy stages of starting to win again after years of losing that I went looking for in my conversation with Hunt, the son of Chiefs founder and longtime owner, Lamar Hunt. This is, after all, a once-proud franchise that has endured the following:
Just 10 wins over the past three seasons, with last year's 4-12, last-place finish in the AFC West marking the first season of the Scott Pioli-Todd Haley front office-coaching regime.
No playoff trips since 2006. No division title since 2003, and most startling, only four winning seasons in the past 12 years in Kansas City. The Chiefs are working on their fourth head coach since the Marty Schottenheimer era ended after the 1998 season.
The Chiefs haven't won a playoff game since a transplant named Joe Montana led them to the AFC title game in 1993, and they own a grand total of three postseason victories since Hank Stram and Co. upset the Vikings to win Super Bowl IV in January 1970, more than 40 years ago. Their current playoff losing streak stands at six.
Clearly they're ready for the times to get better in Kansas City. And with the Chiefs sitting alone atop their division after two weeks, this is as good as things have gotten in quite a while.
"There's palpable excitement about this team here in Kansas City, because we haven't been 2-0 in a long time,'' Hunt said, without mentioning that Kansas City's last such start came in 2005. "The 2-0 start has put a bounce in every Chiefs fan's step, if you will. No matter where I go, people are excited about the team. They're positive again.''
No one in Kansas City should be clearing weekend schedules in January just yet, and Hunt, Haley and Pioli are all quick to put the brakes on any playoff talk and remind anyone who will listen that the Chiefs are still in the middle, not the end, of their rebuilding process.
It's all very true. Kansas City is still a painfully young team that's in the formative stages of finding its identity and becoming a winner. But that's the funny and often miraculous thing about turnaround teams in the NFL. A little early success can sometimes breed the confidence and momentum that winds up taking a team much further than it ever had the right or expectation to go. So you ride 2-0 and see where it takes you. If you win again, you do the same thing next week at 3-0. You keep getting greedy like that, wanting more and more, and pretty soon, you might just be the 2007 Packers, or 2008 Falcons, or 2009 Bengals. It happens to some lucky (and prepared) team most every year.
Hunt went to a Kansas City civic group's breakfast Thursday morning and started feeling that contagious hope, that sky's-the-limit vibe that attaches itself to a longtime loser turned nouveau winner. The Chiefs host the 0-2 San Francisco 49ers in newly renovated Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, and a 3-0 record heading into Week 4's bye is starting to look pretty tantalizing to the Kansas City faithful.
"It was the first time in public in a one-on-one situation since us going 2-0, and everyone in the room at some point came over to congratulate me,'' Hunt said. "It made me realize, first of all, how huge the win on Monday night [against San Diego in Week 1] was for the organization. Not only in the community, but on a national basis. It's amazing how many people either watched or know what happened on Monday Night Football. Our fans were very big that night, and the stadium reminded me of Arrowhead back in the '90s, when it was a very tough place to play for opposing quarterbacks.
"I understood the Week 1 enthusiasm, but then, to win last week at Cleveland, it gave everyone reason to believe what happened in the opener wasn't a fluke. It's human nature to want more, but I always understand how difficult it is to win a game in the NFL. It's a rollercoaster experience. But momentum is probably as important in football more than any other sport. You get in a positive streak, and you can accomplish much more than might have been imagined.''


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Sweet Daddy Hate
09-24-2010, 10:31 AM
I like Clark's takes here.

Shogun
09-24-2010, 10:34 AM
I like Clark's takes here.

Ditto

Delano
09-24-2010, 10:42 AM
TL;DR

King_Chief_Fan
09-24-2010, 10:46 AM
What did HE have to say about the number of carries for Charles?

KC Tattoo
09-24-2010, 10:46 AM
I think we are on a big turn around, starting with the 2008 draft. 09 draft should come along but the 2010 draft was a huge break through. We have young tallent that are getting the job done. Hopefully we draft a QBotf to make me believe we are trying to build a championship team through the draft. We are a much improved team over last year, exept QB.

Sweet Daddy Hate
09-24-2010, 10:47 AM
TL;DR

:shrug: YYZ:

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Sweet Daddy Hate
09-24-2010, 10:48 AM
I think we are on a big turn around, starting with the 2008 draft. 09 draft should come allong but the 2010 draft was a huge break through. We have young tallent that are getting the job done. Hopefully we draft a QBotf to make me believe we are trying to build a championship team through the draft. We are a much improved team over last year, exept QB.

This.

Mr. Flopnuts
09-24-2010, 10:50 AM
TL;DR

The Chiefs could be a great turnaround story, and it would feel really good, man.

CHENZ A!
09-24-2010, 11:02 AM
Nice to read something positive like this.
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Hydrae
09-24-2010, 11:05 AM
I find it interesting to have Clark talking about the feel around town in KC. Doesn't he live in Dallas like his dad?

BryanBusby
09-24-2010, 11:13 AM
I find it interesting to have Clark talking about the feel around town in KC. Doesn't he live in Dallas like his dad?

I think so, but I've heard unlike Lamar..Clark does spend more time in KC.

Red Brooklyn
09-24-2010, 11:15 AM
I find it interesting to have Clark talking about the feel around town in KC. Doesn't he live in Dallas like his dad?

Well... to be completely fair... his dad doesn't live anywhere, actually.

raybec 4
09-24-2010, 11:18 AM
TL;DR

Too long, Didn't read?

Pants
09-24-2010, 11:35 AM
I find it interesting to have Clark talking about the feel around town in KC. Doesn't he live in Dallas like his dad?

I don't know, but his daughter went to St. Thomas Aquinas, which is a private high school in Overland Park, KS.

Hydrae
09-24-2010, 11:51 AM
Well... to be completely fair... his dad doesn't live anywhere, actually.

OK, fair enough....like his dad did.