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  • Tim Crone: New Chiefs brass has 'all-in' vision

  • There has been so much going on in the world of sports over the last four weeks that it is hard to cover in one article a week.

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  • There has been so much going on in the world of sports over the last four weeks that it is hard to cover in one article a week.
    We have talked about the new look of the Royals, the excitement and unpredictability of this year’s NCAA basketball tournament and all of the great high school winter sports competition. Even with the Big 12 basketball tournament going full throttle in Kansas City this weekend, it is time to talk about the Chiefs.
    The new leadership team, composed of general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, is doing a great job of creating a plan and attempting to activate that plan quickly.
    The key to any great team or organization is that everyone must work with the same vision. The Chiefs seem to be focused directly on that. In the past the organization appeared to be lost in the wilderness. The team seemed to be in constant search for answers, from the NFL draft, unstable coaching situations, and the obvious poor play on the field.
    This new leadership team has really addressed each team change with a priority in mind. The Alex Smith deal is obviously the biggest step for a franchise in desperate need of a quarterback. It addresses the huge need for someone who can be able to play right away. The guy is a proven NFL quarterback. If the organization gambled on a draft choice to fill the slot, things could go south in a hurry.
    The signing of Dwayne Bowe was a must with a team with no other NFL-caliber receivers. Bowe has the opportunity to become the greatest receiver in Chiefs history. The franchise-player designation of Branden Albert is also a great move that has the potential to get even better if they are able to pick up another offensive line starter as their No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft.
    The signing of punter Dustin Colquitt was a surprise to many, but he did make the Pro Bowl last year and has been very effective in his years with the Chiefs. Everyone knows he has not had a lot of opportunity due to all of the team’s offensive problems during his tenure.
    By the time this article is published I am sure the Chiefs will add more players through free agency. The addition of Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson is a good start. The Chiefs got ate up at corner during the 2012 season because of the loss of Brandon Carr to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency. They now have someone with proven NFL experience at the position. I look for cornerback to be another position the team will address in the upcoming draft.
    It is obvious that the present Chiefs brass know exactly what they are looking for while developing a sound football team. I guess the thing I like the most about the new look of the Chiefs is that they have a vision and make decisions to complete that vision.
    Page 2 of 2 - It looks like the franchise is attempting to build a solid foundation and to develop an inner circle that is on the same page. The simple question that every team, organization or company must ask is “are you in or out”? The Chiefs have a group of leaders that look all in.
    • I am not sure the World Baseball Classic really wanted to be the ESPN highlight for this highly promoted event. I am a big fan of this self-promotion by Major League Baseball, but I like the real thing!
    • Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri dropped in the tournament brackets after losing their last regular season games. Hope still is still alive with the conference tournaments.
    • I will be glad when the NCAA Tournament starts because Joe Lunardi, with his predictions of who is in and who is out, is driving everyone crazy.
    • The Blue Springs girls basketball team made it to the state final four for the fifth year in a row. That is a tremendous accomplishment for head coach Mark Spigarelli and his staff.
    • Rockhurst boys coach Mark Nusbaum deserves a lot of credit for taking the Hawklets to the final four in state play against a tough field.
    • My quote of the week comes from Eugene F. Ware, American lawyer and poet: “All glory comes from daring to begin.”
    Tim Crone is a former activities director for Blue Springs High School and is host of a weekly radio show, “Off the Wall with Tim Crone,” on KCWJ (1030 AM) 5-6 p.m. every Friday. He writes a weekly column for The Examiner. Reach him at t.crone@comcast.net
     
     
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