CHIEFS OWNER: ANDY REID, ALEX SMITH IS KC’S GOLD STANDARD

By Sandra Brown

Eagles fans who have been digesting the exaggerations of owner Jeff Lurie for his 21 years as an owner may find solace in knowing that outsized statements are not limited to the NovaCare complex.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said that in head coach Andy Reid, the Eagles’ head man for 14 years when the Birds bragged about be a “gold standard” for how to build an NFL franchise — and quarterback Alex Smith (photo above). Kansas City has exactly what it needs to get a title.

“We’ve got a coach and a quarterback who can take us to the Super Bowl,” Hunt said, via the Kansas City Star. “And if we keep building the team the right way — and I will go back and mention again, I feel a big part of that is drafting right, [because] you have to do that every year — we’ve got a real shot of getting to the game we all want to get in.”

Hunt made clear that the expectations are high for his franchise, which hasn’t won a playoff game since Joe Montana led a victory over the Houston Oilers in 1993.

“The expectation is that we have a team that can compete for a championship every year, and to have that, you have to be building every year,” Hunt said. “I don’t want to see us get in a position where we’re mortgaging the future trying to win it all this year. We always want to be in a building mode.”

The hardest part about building a champion is finding the coach and the quarterback. Hunt thinks that job is done.

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