When given the opportunity Wednesday, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt declined to say how many games he expects his team to win this season.
He did, however, make it indirectly clear that expectations are high for the group assembled by coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.
“I think we have a very talented roster, I think we have a very deep roster,” Hunt said at the Chiefs’ annual kickoff luncheon at the Marriott Downtown. “I think Andy, his coaching staff, John Dorsey and his staff have done a tremendous job, not only this year but really in the last three years, of building this thing, this team.
“I’m always a little reluctant to say this is going to be our record, but I certainly expect us to build on what we’ve accomplished the last couple of years and hopefully better it.”
Based on the last two years — when the Chiefs went 11-5 in 2013 and lost in the first round of the AFC playoffs and 9-7 in 2014, missing the postseason — that would certainly mean another winning season and likely a playoff berth.
Hunt, of course, also made it clear a long-term goal is to bring a Super Bowl to Kansas City, both as a host and as a participant.
“Well, the No. 1 priority — which we’ll be working on this year — is to get back to the game itself and play in the Super Bowl,” Hunt said. “That’s our goal every year, to build a team that can consistently compete for championships.
“We’d love to win the (AFC championship) trophy that has my dad’s name on it and get another crack at the Lombardi Trophy.”
To play host to a Super Bowl, however, Hunt made it clear that a few things have to happen. First, the league has to decide to bring the game to another cold-weather city, like it did in New York in 2014.
“That will be the first issue on that, the league deciding they want to take the league to an outdoor, cold-weather stadium,” Hunt said. “I’ve had no indication in terms of the timing on that, but I do believe at some point, they’ll want to do that.”
Secondly, Hunt said, Kansas City needs to add more hotels to improve its candidacy.
“The NFL has a lot of requirements for teams that bid on Super Bowls, and hotels in the right location is one of the biggest hurdles that has, in the past, prevented cities from winning the Super Bowl bid,” Hunt said. “I think it’s something Kansas City would have to tackle in order to pursue bringing a Super Bowl.”
But those obstacles, he stressed, are not enough to prevent him from trying to bring the big game to Kansas City.
“Certainly as the league moves forward and adapts its policies on the Super Bowl, if there’s an opportunity to bring the game to Kansas City, that’s something we’ll jump on,” Hunt said.