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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid reacts on the sidelines during game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Reasons to be Cautious

The talent is there, however, as we have seen in Philadelphia the past few years (Reid’s teams BTW), talent alone does not equate to winning. Players have to play well together and have to buy into the coaches system. While Smith is miles better than Cassel and Quinn, he still is starting from scratch with his receivers, his coach, and Reid’s system.

And, while Reid is a great coach, he is installing a whole new system. How fast this team learns that system and gels as a unit, will determine if their talent will blossom into a good 2013 or another year of lots of Pro Bowlers and not many wins….Oh, and they still have Peyton Manning in their division.

2013 Projection: 10-6; 2nd Place in the AFC West – Wild Card – While I like this team, Peyton Manning is still in Denver and he has Welker, Thomas, and Decker to throw to – all 3 of which have proven more than any WR on KC’s roster.