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  • Stephen Brown: Hopefully failure was means to end for Chiefs

  • “When you have a tough season like we did, a lot of things contribute to it,” Clark Hunt told Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. “The truth is we failed as an organization. Sometimes the best thing for everybody is a fresh start.”

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  • “When you have a tough season like we did, a lot of things contribute to it,” Clark Hunt told Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News. “The truth is we failed as an organization. Sometimes the best thing for everybody is a fresh start.”
    I’m optimistic about 2013, I am. I was enthusiastic about 2012 too. Fans went all in; I thought Kansas City could compete with Denver. We were wrong, Scott Pioli went wrong and Clark Hunt learned a lot.
    It happens. Stealing a line from new coach Andy Reid, listen.
    There’s risk, that’s life. You keep throwing until something sticks, that’s what effective people do. Losing isn’t a dead end and hurdles are part of the race.
    Here’s an idea – what if Pioli was a means to an end? An unsteady bridge Kansas City had to cross.
    What if 2012’s sole purpose wasn’t to win, but to move Kansas City toward something greater? Have you ever tripped before to get up to something better? Better than before?
    I can’t say 100 percent that Reid will be the guy fans want, the same Reid who won 130 games. Some might be right, Reid needed a break. There’s that possibility.
    But a fresh start might do everyone – including Reid – good. There’s that side too.
    Last season was zero fun; it stunk. Pioli didn’t stick, but it caused Clark Hunt to step up.
    My grandpa told me once to watch the electric fence. I didn’t appreciate what he said until I accidentally bumped into it. I learned a lesson. Mistakes are teaching moments.
    “I learned that things don’t always go according to plan,” Hunt said. “You have to persevere. You have to have patience, which is very hard to do in a situation like that. Then when you get to the end of the year and have the chance to make the changes you need to make, you must be willing to do it.”
    Successful people are honest first. Clark said the organization failed, that plans don’t always work and he learned you do what it takes.
    Honesty means seeing it the way it really is, not as you or someone else thinks it should be. Truthfully look at the facts and make a decision. Clark stopped trusting Pioli’s opinion as fact.
    Clark learned a big lesson in 2012, one he wouldn’t have without Pioli. Clark backed into a two-win season and left shocked.
    Clark responded, took over and made his moves. He didn’t waste time and fans appreciated it.
    Fans learned a bunch about their owner too; Clark Hunt did well by them. Without Pioli, Clark might not have come to that crossing or taken the reins and became involved like he did.
    Page 2 of 2 - Life throws curves, but it’s also rewarding when you look back on the path it took you on.
    Titles like “NFL Executive of the Year” are cool, but titles – even multiple ones – don’t alleviate an owner from being involved.
    Again, we haven’t a clue yet on how Reid and new Chiefs general manager John Dorsey will do. Neither does Clark Hunt. Clark made the toss so let’s see if it works. I have my fingers crossed. I’m hoping Reid makes it stick and that the Chiefs get back to winning.
    I’m optimistic, but I’m cautious. Still, I appreciate Clark Hunt much more than I did before. It took tragedy and loss to get us here, to seeing what sort of owner Clark Hunt wants to be.
    A means to an end. Pioli might have been worth it after all. Just in a different way.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     
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