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2013 NFL Preview: AFC West

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December 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid before the start of an NFL game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Reasons to be Cautious:

Andy Reid – 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. 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.

Alex Smith – 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.

Jamaal Charles’ Health – Charles is one of the best backs in the league and this offense will revolve and go with Charles. However, he has to stay healthy. 2 years ago he blew out a knee, and now he has another injury. If he stays healthy, I really like this team. If he doesn’t this could be a bad pick.

#2 Receiver – I had high hopes for Baldwin. Apparently he can’t catch (and SF is not worried about that). The Chiefs however should be worried about the #2 WR role. Sure, they got Jenkins back, but there is a reason the 49ers were willing to part with him as well.

Overall:

The Chiefs are the hot pick amongst many to be the big risers in 2013, and I agree. Rarely do you see a team go 2-14 have so much talent and the addition of Smith and Reid alone should add 4-5 wins to this squad. 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.

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