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  • I like what Dexter McCluster said about the Chiefs’ first day of their 2013 offseason.

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  • I like what Dexter McCluster said about the Chiefs’ first day of their 2013 offseason.
    “Yes, it’s definitely a new beginning,” McCluster said. “There are a lot of people that look like they’re ready to go. I feel like it’s going to be a good change. We have to buy in now and change is going to be good.”
    Buying in now was all but one, Branden Albert.
    “Acting like a child? Albert has proven himself at the LT spot,” said one fan on Chief Concerns’ Facebook page. “Why should he show up to ‘voluntary’ workouts when he doesn’t even know what his future holds long-term?”
    Branden Albert wasn’t there for phase one of the Chiefs’ offseason program.
    Several fans don’t like that. Sure, it’s “voluntary.”
    But by not being there, many fans see it as Albert not really buying into the Chiefs, not buying into what Andy Reid and John Dorsey are selling. There’s a disconnect with Albert and the Chiefs, a separation fans don’t want messing up what seems like a new culture developing at One Arrowhead Drive.
    “Unity, we’re only as strong as our weakest link,” said one Chiefs fan. “Poor attitudes and self value is possibly the worst thing in a team setting. We’re looking to good for the distraction of one. Trade ’em.”
    Being a military person, I know the tone of “highly recommended” but not mandatory. Usually it means be there, it’s good for the unit, moral and team unity. I’ve found sports are very similar, anything with a team mindset really, when it comes to leadership, depending on others and morale.
    You might say you don’t hold it against a person for not being there when 99 percent of the rest are, but at the back of my mind I wish that person had. Like Romeo Crennel used to say, it’s human nature.
    Like one fan said, “I understand it has to be hard for a player to remain loyal to his team when they are shopping his name before the draft. I hope he stays and plays well.”
    There are two sides to it, no doubt, but ultimately (like most) I don’t want any bumps along the way. I’ve had enough delay, bad seasons and things that make little sense with the Chiefs.
    Time to win. Like McCluster said, the Chiefs need to buy in NOW.
    The Chiefs need to figure out Branden Albert, too. Albert speaking less to the media and more to the Chiefs might help.
    “I think this kind of competition will let us know right away what kind of team we have,” said a Chiefs fan.
    Page 2 of 2 - Week 1 at New Orleans; Week 2 vs. San Francisco (Arrowhead Stadium); Week 3 at Pittsburgh; Week 4 vs. Green Bay (Arrowhead Stadium).
    Sometimes preseason counts, sometimes it doesn’t. The Kansas City Royals, for example, finished spring ball with a .781 winning percentage, 27 wins and just seven losses. Nice, but the Royals started their regular season 0-2.
    Still, this preseason is about change.
    Offensively, the Saints averaged 411 yards per game (second in NFL) last season. The Packers were top-five in scoring averaging 27 points a game. The Niners got red-hot with Colin Kaepernick in the postseason, averaged 473 yards of offense, but were tops too in defense during the regular season. The Niners ranked third in the league allowing just 294 yards per game in 2012.
    The Steelers had issues last season, but still had a great defense. Pittsburgh ranked No. 1 in yards allowed with 276 yards per game.
    It’s preseason ball, but it’ll be stout preseason competition against better teams.
    Usually, you don’t hang your hat on preseason, but with Reid changing the culture and to his style of offense and the defense looking to attack under Bob Sutton, fans will place more emphasis on the preseason.
    That’s OK. Hopefully the players will be just as anxious to show their stuff.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!

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