Chiefs show heart, unity in historic turnaround

[Publisher’s note: Chiefs players react and talk about what they’ve learned about each other during the team’s 8-0 start. A sample of their thoughts appears below, with the original posting appearing at ArrowheadPride.com as part of a weekly partnership.]

Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (6) celebrates with holder Dustin Colquitt (2) after kicking a field goal against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop (6) celebrates with holder Dustin Colquitt (2) after kicking a field goal against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It’s often said people learn about each other in adverse situations.

The same applies when everything goes well, such as in Kansas City where the Chiefs are off to an 8-0 start after a 23-17 win over the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium.

Still, a lot of professional organizations like to come away with lessons learned from an event and an NFL team isn’t different. But instead of an after action review from a single game, what have the Chiefs discovered about themselves in the last eight weeks?

Quarterback Alex Smith said during his postgame media session the biggest thing that catches his attention is the team unity. Even with the offense still finding its legs, there won’t be any finger pointing in the locker room.

Instead, Smith said encouragement from the defensive and special team units is the norm.

“Guys are playing for each other,” Smith said. “It’s really easy to talk about, but at the NFL level, it doesn’t happen often. I think we have a really selfless group; guys that like coming to work, like being around each other, like preparing and like going out there and competing as well. I mean, that’s the thing that really jumps out at me.”

Kicker Ryan Succop echoed Smith’s thoughts on what he’s learned of his teammates during the winning streak.

“We are a team,” Succop said. “We are a team from the very beginning to the end. We stick together. The defense is helping the offense, the offense is helping the defense, special teams is contributing and that’s the deal. We’ve been able to win a lot of close games this year and that’s a great sign of a team.”

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