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A backup quarterback on a really good football team has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs and will now serve as their new starting quarterback. Sound familiar? Sadly, it should, as the Kansas City Chiefs have all but officially traded for now former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. If history proves to repeat itself as it does in so many cases, the Kansas City Chiefs have probably just set themselves back another three or four years.
Alex Smith was the number one overall pick out of the University of Utah in 2005. From 2005 to 2010, Smith was an average quarterback at best while struggling to keep the 49ers relevant until the savior Jim Harbaugh came to town. Under the genius supervision of Harbaugh; who has now essentially made Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, and Alex Smith look elite, Smith was able to put up pro bowl worthy numbers in a dink and dunk offense that was literally out shined by the defense until his concussion in 2012.
The draft is quickly approaching with each passing day and with the NFL Combine in full bloom, the talks of the draft are heating up. The number one overall pick this year is owned by Andy Reid and John Dorsey of the Kansas City Chiefs, who are both in their first year with the organization. In some ways they should both be on a hot seat of sorts due to the win now mentality in the NFL.
The amount of talent that has been accumulated in Kansas City has not been used properly by the last 3 head coaches, all of whom fielded ugly teams that struggled to stay competitive at times. Andy Reid is supposed to come in and save the day by coaching up a quarterback to play winning football here in KC. The only problem with that theory is that there aren’t any quarterbacks even remotely worthy of playing good, sound football on the roster. This year could prove to be a repeat performance of the Chiefs 2012 disastrous season if a different quarterback isn’t drafted or signed.
Obviously the talk should be about the number one overall pick, but that’s not what Dorsey or
The Kansas City Chiefs put a team out on the field in 2012 that was an absolute embarrassment. In fact, embarrassment isn’t even the word to best describe the epic struggles of the 2012 Kansas City Chiefs. Abominable, appalling, atrocious, and depressing are all words that legitimately describe the type of season the Chiefs just went through.
But there is hope. That hope comes in the form of NFL free agency and the NFL trade market. The Chiefs’ offensive struggles in 2012 had about 85% to do with the quarterback play, about 10% to do with the questionable play calling, and 5% to do with the weapons on the field. Let’s face some facts; Jon Baldwin probably will not be the next big time receiver as he was projected to be, the Chiefs current quarterback situation is arguably the worst in the NFL right now, and the primes of both Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe are essentially being wasted, who are both big time talents, due to the lack of team production the last few years.
But combining 2013’s free agency with some potential trades could significantly change the fortunes of the franchise. With players like Alex Smith, Percy Harvin,
The Kansas City Chiefs 2011 season was one that certainly did not meet expectations, exposing holes in the roster and a lack of depth. Exit Todd Haley, enter Romeo Crennel, and replay the worried look on Scott Pioli’s face because his job is now on the line. Scott Pioli knows that this offseason is the most important of his career; one he must ace if he wants to continue heading football operations at 1 Arrowhead Drive. Pioli will have to work the draft and free agency hard this season to turn around a team that was seemingly going in the right direction only a year ago.
So what are the needs facing the Chiefs this offseason? As far as immediate needs are concerned, the consensus seems to be at quarterback, right tackle, and nose tackle. Looking further, guard, center, inside linebacker, defensive end, tight end, and free safety could be upgraded. After that begins the needs for depth at running back, center, and strong safety.
Let us begin with perhaps the most important position on the field, the quarterback. Matt Cassel’s play this year was certainly subpar. Cassel missed important reads on wide-open receivers and turned the ball over
We can only play one game at a time. Don’t get caught looking too far ahead. Take the games as they come.
These are old saws for professional players and coaches. The reminders are not just a way of trying to sound humble, they are actually important mindsets to maximize a team’s chances of winning.
Luckily, fans don’t have to do that. Sure, nothing is set in stone and things can change in the blink of an eye. For example, Oakland was thinking about an AFC West title and maybe a run through the playoffs right up until Jason Campbell’s collarbone shattered. Denver may end up turning into a good team with Tebow at QB, which would have an impact on projections. But we have finished seven weeks of NFL football, so there is a good amount of context by which to judge a team’s strength as an opponent.
Looking ahead at the rest of the schedule for the Chiefs, in order:
SD @ KC
MIA @ KC
DEN @ KC
KC @ NE
PIT @ KC
KC @ CHI
KC @ NYJ
GB @ KC
OAK @ KC
KC @ DEN
From that, let’s start with
- First road shut-out since the early 70s.
- The win puts the Chiefs back to .500; anything can happen from here.
- Haven’t allowed a 100-yd rusher since week 1 against the Bills; looking ahead at the schedule, there aren’t any obvious threats to break that string anytime within the next several weeks
- Derrick Johnson was an absolute beast: 12 tackles, and often blew up plays in the backfield. He saved a TD on a long Michael Bush run by not giving up and chasing him from behind. He showcased his nose for the ball best in the goal-line stand in the first half, when the Chiefs kept the Raiders out of the end zone.
- 6 Interceptions, 2 for TDs (Lewis, Flowers), 2 by Flowers. Okay, they were against a washed-up Ravens reject and a guy who was on the couch 5 days ago. - - But 6 INTs are nothing to sneeze at, no matter who the competition is.
- Bowe had another set of highlight reel catches and good numbers. He very nearly padded his TD stats, but the knee *was* down.
- Battle continued to move the chains, averaging very close
28 to was the final score. Six interceptions, Two of which were returned for touchdowns to help the Chiefs shut out the Oakland "Bully" Raiders. As a Chiefs fan nothing compares to this feeling. The thought of all the angry, sad, pissed off Raiders fan yesterday just warms my heart. The Raiders had beaten the Chiefs five of the last seven meetings. Even more impressive is the Raiders have not lost a AFC West game since 2009, which also was against the Chiefs. This game was a measuring stick for the 2011 Kansas City Chiefs. They measured high in all areas and it's clear they have become a team through all the distractions and doubters along the way. The fans will enjoy this win for years to come but it's time to move on to the biggest measuring stick yet.
The Chargers are coming to Arrowhead on what will likely be a crisp cool night in what will be a battle for first place in the AFC West. There will not be a more electrofied place Monday night than Arrowhead stadium. A playoff atmosphere, a fan base desperate for a championship contender, and a Chargers team that does not lose
Perhaps we've been too hard on Matt Cassel.
What I mean to say is... well yeah, the guy is pretty bad. Let's at least be honest for a moment, though: this season's hope was that with elite weaponry in place he could excel despite his many deficiencies. There was talk of "Killer B's" and a stacked backfield; Peter King was comparing Tony Moeaki to Dallas Clark. Thanks to some devastating injuries, Cassel has not been able to enjoy the full complement of players he was supposed to be provided.
Don't get me wrong, he's supposed to be an NFL quarterback. In all reality, if this team is built in the likeness of the New England Patriots then Cassel's arsenal should have no bearing on his production.
But he's no Tom Brady - that much is clear. What he is, however, is still undefined.
It was only three short years ago the Chiefs were mired in a slump that saw them win only six games in two seasons. That kind of ineptitude brought about a drastic change in Kansas City that up until now had seemed like it was working.
While players like Brandon Flowers insist that "we won't go back to the old Chiefs" there is little to look forward to on the rest of the schedule. We do have this Sunday's game, however - against a poorly Vikings squad that presents the first genuine opportunity for this Chiefs team to actually win.
And this is where I begin to really admire Todd Haley.
Rather than take the easy way out (see: Suck for Luck), Coach Haley is calling audibles. Frustrating as it may be, this team has been forced to alter their plan for the