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  • Stephen Brown: NFL.com slights Chiefs in rankings

  • What do the NFL.com’s newest power rankings say? Chiefs fans won’t like it.

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  • What do the NFL.com’s newest power rankings say? Chiefs fans won’t like it.
    Better than the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars? Yes!
    Better than the Buffalo Bills? I’d say the Chiefs are more improved than the Bills, who are ranked 29 on NFL.com’s list.
    While I’m at it, Kansas City is at least as good as the New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.
    That's what I think, but not what NFL.com says.
    “Can the Kansas City Chiefs give Denver a run for their money? That’s what many in this business seem to think, based on the arrivals of Alex Smith and Andy Reid,” said NFL.com and NFL Network analyst Elliot Harrison. “What about the D? The unit that the Chiefs will probably have to depend on finished 25th in points allowed at 26.6 per game. That’s not to say that Kansas City can’t make a move in the AFC West, but questions at corner, inside linebacker, wide receiver, and yes, quarterback leave the 2013 underdog darlings at 30. We’ll reassess at training camp.”
    Chiefs ranked 30? Ah, surely NFL.com made a mistake.
    With the exception of the Raiders and Jaguars, NFL.com believes every other team is better than the Kansas City Chiefs. Even the Bills, with a rookie quarterback, were ranked higher.
    Tough to take, especially when it feels like things are shifting toward the better with Andy Reid. Add what John Dorsey’s done to bolster the roster and the Chiefs seem vastly improved.
    I recall the 1995 season when the pundits jokingly predicted Kansas City to finish sixth in a five-team division. They said without Joe Montana, Kansas City was nothing. The Chiefs went 13-3 that season.
    The players heard what the experts said back then and read the papers. But they used the negative as a catalyst for a great season.
    Reid strikes me as the kind of coach who tries to tap into the emotional side of a player, use things like this to push. I think it would be a great idea.
    Marty Schottenheimer did that all the time, especially with Raider Week.
    Wins need to be added to paper. Seeing is believing. But Harrison left out plenty. Dorsey’s made changes; things are taking shape in KC.
    Last season? Those stats had a lot to do with who was driving, not the individual parts.
    Listen to Jamaal Charles talk about this offense and Reid, how he said he’s never had a coach like this.
    NFL.com questioned the Chiefs corners. Funny, but NFL Network just ranked the Chiefs DBs as a top-5 unit. Doesn’t add up.
    Page 2 of 2 - Hard to take this "analyst" or the rankings serious when you see just a few at OTA’s and minicamp. Am I venting? Maybe, but I’ve had my eyes on the team.
    My ears know what they hear, too.
    Chiefs just No. 30 on NFL.com's power rankings? Nah, not buying. The Chiefs are better than the No. 21-ranked San Diego Chargers too.
    It’s my personal opinion, deep down I’m red and gold, but I can’t wait till the Chiefs prove them wrong.
    At least in my world, the Chiefs are better than last year.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
    Stephen Brown is a regular contributor to the Chiefs fan website, chiefconcerns.com. To reach Brown, send email to chiefconcerns@gmail.com. See his "Chief Concerns" blog at www.examiner.net/community/blogs
     
     
     
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