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  • Stephen Brown: Chiefs fans bursting with optimism

  • Kansas City Chiefs fans are something, they really are.

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  • Kansas City Chiefs fans are something, they really are.
    The Chiefs won just two games last season and they’re thrilled about the upcoming season.
    Sure, it’s the offseason, but Chiefs fans don’t care.
    “It’s Chiefs all year long! I got the Chiefs hat on my head all the time,” said one fan. ”Red and gold … red and gold! GO CHIEFS 2013!”
    I think Clark Hunt gets it, Chiefs fans are faithful.
    Despite nine wins in two seasons, in spite of the Chiefs being 38-67 since Dick Vermeil retired, Chiefs fans forgive. Yep, even with 12-plus losses in four of their last six seasons.
    Because fans sense it’s about to get better.
    Attendance is down, but ticket sales are up. Anticipation over what Andy Reid and John Dorsey are prepping is building.
    “I'm going to say 11-5 next year,” said a very optimistic Chiefs fan. “I know it’s bold, but I just have a feeling. We’ll win the AFC West, too.”
    Dwayne Bowe has a good feeling.
    “I actually knew, I had a really good gut feeling that when Andy and John came aboard, that they were going to make the right decision on signing me and not waiting until the deadline,” Bowe told the Chiefs' official website.
    Bowe’s glad to be a Chief. Besides the paycheck, he’s excited about Reid’s plan.
    “When I met with him (Reid),” Bowe said, “he just told me what he could do with me and what he would like to do with me, if I was to stay on board, that right there got me excited.”
    Fans have endured. Only Marv Levy scored fewer team points (176 in 1982) than the 2011 and 2012 Chiefs. The 1982 season was a shortened season; just nine games were played that year due to the 57-day long players strike.
    Levy had an excuse, but last season was terrible.
    Here’s what I like, the new guys already get the 12th man, Chiefs Nation and the kingdom.
    “Fans are what make a team, especially when you have a fan base like this who day in and day out are behind you,” said new Chief defensive end Mike DeVito. “I was talking to a person that works here who told me no matter what the record is that stadium is always packed and what a blessing that that is to have great people who love the sport, love the game and love this team that through thick and thin always have your back. That’s the core of a great team and when you have that, you have that asset, there’s nothing but progress from there. I’m grateful to be coming to an organization and a team that has that fan base.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Chiefs fans were the first thing DeVito was briefed about when getting off the plane.
    “If they’re going to be here every Sunday to root us on, then I want to make sure I’m giving back,” DeVito said.
    Everyone, meaning fans and players, are eager about 2013.
    REID HAS VERMEIL FEEL ON OFFENSE: Say bye-bye to another 13.2 points per game this season. Andy Reid has seven out of the 10 highest point totals in a season for the Philadelphia Eagles.
    In Reid’s 14 seasons coaching the Eagles he averaged 367.5 points per season, an average of 22.7 points per game over his 14 seasons.
    Reid hit 400-plus points in a season four times with the Eagles – the only coach in the Eagles 79-year history to do so. In comparison, Vermeil hit 400-plus points for Kansas City four times with the; legendary Hank Stram scored 400-plus points twice as coach.
    Vermeil has the all-time most points in a Chiefs season with 484 points in 2003.
    In Vermeil’s first season the Chiefs had to get a feel for his offense and the Chiefs tallied just 320 points. In Vermeil’s second year, the Chiefs went from 16th in points scored to first with 399.
    Reid took an Eagles team in his first season that was 30th in scoring (161 team points) the previous year with Ray Rhodes to 25th in scoring (272 points), but by Reid’s second season the Eagles were in the playoffs (11-5) and had scored 351 points (12th overall in 2000).
    Reid turned his new team quickly, like Vermeil.
    With Jamaal Charles, Bowe and now Alex Smith, the Chiefs are capable of much more than 13.2 a game. I’m confident of that; I’m ready for some offense in 2013. Add some defense and this could be the team fans were hoping for in 2012.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!
     

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