Clark Hunt has never been one for bold predictions, and even if he was, last year’s disaster involving the Chiefs might have been enough to make him change his ways.

So the Chiefs’ chairman, who watched minicamp practice Tuesday and answered media questions afterward, wasn’t necessarily predicting a Super Bowl in their first season under general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid. But he was surprisingly upbeat for his outlook on a team that won just two games last season and wound up with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

“I always have high expectations, but you try to temper those expectations,” Hunt said. “We do have a new staff. We have a lot of new players. I don’t know how quickly it will come together once we get to September. But I’m very excited about what I’ve seen this spring.

“I wouldn’t use the term ‘rebuilding.’ We came into 2013 with a lot of talented football players on the team. John Dorsey has done a great job of adding some people who I think will help us both this year and down the road. And then obviously Andy and his coaching staff have done a tremendous job with them.”

Tuesday’s practice was not the first Hunt had witnessed this year. While it’s not been unusual for Hunt to attend practice since taking over as chairman from his father, Lamar, several years ago, he said after firing coach Romeo Crennel at the end of last season that he planned to be more involved with the Chiefs.

So far he has, at least publicly.

“I am trying to be around the team more,” Hunt said when asked about his appearance at practice. “Definitely that’s part of it. But a big part of it is just my excitement as a fan just wanting to see Andy and his staff coaching the team.

“It’s been so exciting this spring to see the guys progress. Even two weeks ago, I thought the practice was great but you move to today in the minicamp we’re in and you can see the guys are really picking it up. You can feel the excitement in the building, not only when the guys are on the practice field but when they’re in the meeting rooms as well.”