Chiefs: That Was The Week That Was

 

 

 

What a week, which is now in the history books for the Kansas City Chiefs. First, you announce to every father mother and child that you want them to be in their seats early for the home playoff game to make a good impression on the NFL world ostensibly to host a future NFL Draft. Then, blow an 18 point lead at halftime in another playoff game at home with the same miserable result for the second year running. Then the head coach takes the typical blame he always takes after any loss, leaving you empty inside and without any real feeling that the team is ready to exact any kind of accountability… but at least he admits this offseason will be all about re-building. Then your offensive coordinator is signed to be the Chicago Bears next Head Coach leaving a giant vacant hole at OC. Then you hear that Assistant Head Coach Brad Childress is retiring and you begin to believe the team really has the ball rolling towards re-building as rumors fly that the team is about to give their defensive coordinator Bob Sutton the axe but nothing happens day after day even though you keep checking Twitter feeds by guys like Adam Shefter 999 times an hour (not sure it’s possible but it’s true). Then good ole pal ole buddy John Dorsey, who has inexplicably taken the worst GM position in all of sports, steals three scouts from K.C. leaving more holes to fill in the Chiefs organization. Then Alex Smith was awarded the Derrick Thomas Award and Kareem Hunt was given the Mack Lee Hill Award which made me forget that the Chiefs lost another home playoff game for 3 and a half minutes. Then RB Coach Eric Bieniemy was promoted to the Offensive Coordinator leaving the RBs — including Kareem Hunt — without a coach. Then more projections abound as to who will replace DC Bob Sutton who just so happens to still be with the team. Then, late yesterday, Deland McCullough agreed to be the Chiefs’ RB coach (former CFL and NFL RB who served as the USC RB coach in 2017).

 

 

 

 

 

So, now that the horrendous playoff loss is nearly one week in the books, it leaves me with several questions and/or observations:

 

 

The Risks of Fandom

 

 

 

 

There’s just no getting around the fact that being a fan is a risk. We dream the dream and when we do we take in the possibility that the dream will fail.

 

What Time Is It?

 

 

 

 

What time is it? On this watch, it says the work day is over. That’s precisely what I’m having trouble internalizing. The season is over. Boom. Click. Snap. Just like that, a season that had so much promise… maybe not Super Bowl promise… but more promise than being beaten by the lowly Titans… is hard to believe it’s over. But it is.

 

A Simple Message For Clark Hunt

 

 

 

A woman’s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day. One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you stayed right here. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. You know what?”

“What dear?” she asked gently, smiling as her heart began to fill with warmth.

“I think you’re bad luck.”

 

 

Anyway… It’s Just Football

Like many fans who visit this site, I’ve been a Chiefs fan for a long time. Long enough, in my case, to recall the last time K.C. won it all… and long enough to recall the lean years of the 1970s and 1980s. I have to remind myself sometimes, it’s just football, just a game. The word “fan” is derived from “fanatic” but it’s not good for my blood pressure to take things as seriously as I do at times. So, I have to remind myself to “enjoy” the process of watching the games. Red also so happens to be my favorite color and no matter which team is playing… if they have a red jersey on (except Washington) I can usually be found rooting for them.

 

Defining the Problem

 

 

 

 

It’s Easier to Ask Forgiveness

You’ll have to click on the Tweet below to see the gifs.

 

 

 

 

A History of Winning

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Is As Hope Does

Some of you are aware that I am a heart patient. I had a heart attack in a classroom 11 years ago and two students saved my life. Everyday I wake up and say, thank you for one more day. Life is too short for me to spend time being down about my favorite team. So, I had to listen and watch an old video last night that made me smile. I leave it with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Sadly…..I haven’t been a fan long enough to remember when they won it all……..going on almost 30 years as a fan means I only remember being the Red Jersey stepchild of the NFL.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Welp, times are about to change pardner, there’s a new sheriff in town and he wears number 15.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Mahomes is going to be our new Defensive Coordinator??

        • berttheclock

          Yes, plus, play both CB and OLB at the same time.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          I don’t know, but he couldn’t be any worse than the one we have now!

          • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

            lol, this is factual

          • Ron Widman

            Does anybody know any young, firery in your face defensive coordinators looking for a job? Will the chiefs look at the college ranks or what. Any thoughts??

          • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

            None, I don’t get to watch much college ball any more so I have to leave the analysis to others. I do think KC needs a more aggressive DC but I also think the team needs to balance the aggression out bit at the same time. The new OC is very in-yo-face by all accounts and the last thing the club needs is a military like atmosphere. The defense DOES need a DC who’s not afraid to kick some ass from time-to-time though, I agree with that 100%.

          • Ron Widman

            I dont see much college either. Not sure chiefs will fire Sutton anyway. I would think if it was going to happen it would have occurred by now. Agree about the balance but I just dont see that fire. Also what do you think of Houston. Scheme v. Drop off. I just dont know by don’t think he should drop into coverage EVER.

          • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

            sometimes an OLB dropping into coverage is dictated by the offense, especially in 5/10 packages…..which KC runs predominately, lol. I agree about Sutton, but I’m holding out hope that Clark has ongoing talks with some DC still in the playoffs (I’m stubborn to a fault).

            Funny thing about fire, so much of that comes from the top. I was a supervisor for years on-end in manufacturing…I was the guy they brought in to light a fire and make sure a job was done correctly. So yup, I agree that the fire is missing but I also think it is correctable.

        • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

          Haha

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I don’t know who that choir is, but there were a couple of pretty good singers in there. 🙂

    • berttheclock

      Kind of a whose who at the time of the recording. It was produced by Quincy Jones and the songs were written by both Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. During the singing, such as Billy Joel, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Bruce Springsteen, Smokey Robinson, Waylon Jennings and several other joined in.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    Other teams have fired coaches and/or coordinators that had better seasons than our D, I have to believe that Reid has to make a change if he is serious about improving.

    • berttheclock

      If Clark Hunt is truloy serious about improving, then, he should dump Andy Reid. Reid’s history is to gain a lead and then to into slo-mo. That has negatively impacted his QBs over the years and kept the leash on them to the point they become ultra conservative as well. If you really believe a young gun slinger such as PMII is going to lead the way, then, Andy Reid is the last type of coach you would want to coach him. PMII needs a younger and far more aggressive head coach who understands the term ‘Keep the pedal to the metal”.

      • ladner morse

        This whole… gain a lead and then go to into slo-mo thingy sends another message to his payers… I Don’t Trust You.

        According to Wooden’s tried and true method, trust and truth are the basis for any GOOD relationship.

  • berttheclock

    Laddie, in the above, you mentioned the RB coach. However, you failed to mention he was the RB coach at Indiana before going to USC. He developed Jordan Howard. Also, he coached up both Stephen Houston who went to the Ravens for a year and Tevin Coleman, who had a try out with the Falcons.

  • berttheclock

    Latest rumor floating out there is Dorsey talking Alex Smith into joining him with the Browns. In addition, Dorsey would take another QBOTF and have Smith help train him. The Browns have both the Cap room, plus, the draft picks to trade away.

    • Smith is also rumored to the Bills(Riddick, Philly connection, etc).

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        And to Jacksonville and to Arizona………..I’m sure he won’t have trouble finding a new landing spot. I hope if the Chiefs do trade him, they let him have a say in where he ends up.

        • ladner morse

          Yes… Smith deserves that voice….

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Dorsey would be smart if he did that. I doubt he has a QB in Cleveland that is the long term answer and throwing a newly drafted QB straight into a starting role very seldom succeeds. With the draft picks he has, he can have his choice of new QB and let him sit and learn for 1-2 years.

  • berttheclock

    Laddie, keep plugging old friend. In a month, if I don’t see my name in some obit, I will reach the Four Score time of life. Am I down about the direction of the Chiefs? Yes, I am, but, I hope to see the day when the tide will turn again. Plus, I really look to the younger people, such as the Millennials, Blacks, Latinos,the LGBT and especially women to sweep a Blue Tide across this great nation and bring it back to decency and respect for others and the rights for all mankind and not just the very privileged few at the top. I look forward to that Tsunami Wave of Blue. Therefore, this really helps me to get up in the AM and look forward to what ever I can do to help along the way. This is not a time to quit. So, I want a better future for both the Chiefs and the citizens of this Great Nation which did not need to get better by going backwards last year.

    • ladner morse

      Keep on believing my friend… I want a better life for my grandkids too and what’s going on presently isn’t it.

      Four Score???
      Will you be changing your name to “Abe-the-clock”? 🙂

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        No name change for another 7

        • ladner morse

          How about:

          Abe-the-magnificent-clock?

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Is this a political site now?
        Did I miss the memo?

    • ladner morse
    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      The blue has showed the world their decency with rioting, looting, vagina hats, Hollywood casting couches, racial division and their ability to be offended by the sun rising in the east.

      The day this truly becomes a great nation again is when the attitude that only blue opinions matter and the desire to forcefully “sweep” their agenda on everyone.

  • ladner morse
    • PaulFromNorthMo

      The Bills had the 29th ranked offense during the regular season. A little better than Sutton’s D.

  • ladner morse
  • this is the notice from Beane that might prove to be of utmost import to the Chiefs…
    The Redzone‏ @TheRedzoneorg

    Beane: Bills ‘still in the process’ of finding a franchise quarterback http://bit.ly/2EASvYX #NFL #Bills

  • ladner morse
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    • ladner morse

      Mayfield is like a Johnny Football … without the flakey crust.

  • ladner morse
    • should have been first choice after Brady anyway, to the Pro Bowl… Sheesh.

      • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

        He more than likely would have been if not for the mid-season slump. It’s not all Smith’s fault, not by a long shot, be he WAS part of it and that matters to voters.

  • ladner morse
    • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

      Haha, screw Nagy!!!

  • my 2017 CB of choice, was Sid Jones, will suit up and may play in the upcoming game. He was injured in pre-season and missed it. Would that have made a big difference to the Chiefs season, if he had joined us instead? Well, that is second guessing but shift to another reality, and he is at the kingdom and not Philly, he plays opposite Peters and though Eric Berry goes down with his own achilles injury, if we get to see what he can do, it will give me at least, some gratificatoin.

  • ladner morse

    Wish Chiefs were paying attention here………
    .
    https://twitter.com/TheRedzoneorg/status/951822708664360960

    • VIVA LA MAHOMES!!

      don’t we all…..damn I wish I knew just what the heck was going on?

  • ladner morse
  • although there are NFL experienced defensive coordinators, I wonder if they should consider bringing forward a college DC? Any thoughts? Someone aggressive with fire.

    • ladner morse

      I’m on the same page with you. Someone who not only already has their own way of succeeding but who can grow in the Chiefs organization. The Chiefs need some young and fiery personnel leaders.

      • There are a couple out there who I really like, but don’t know if they want to move to pros. Brent Venables of Clemson is a guy I think would fit. Clemson, SEC, winning program, great defenses… Any idea from you?

      • problem is, if they are looking forward, they may be aiming at head coach.

  • ladner morse
  • Ron Widman

    Well l am glad you had students that brought you back from the light. I appreciate your articles and perspective immensely, so a big THANK YOU.
    And thanks for having a site where I can vent which does make me feel better. So here goes, it is the end of another season which is always painful as we as chief fans prematurely turn our thoughts to next season. Talking about which players will return or not AS, Wilson, Logan, Bailey, Parker, Ford and/or DJ. Building up the draft will they go corner, pass rusher or DL. All of the big name free agents that will make our chiefs super bowl contenders and will we see a new DC and say goodbye to Sutton. I have really grown to hate this time of year as a football fan always having to look in the future and not the now. Resigned to watching Patriots v. Titans or Steelers v. Jaguars when I should be ramped up to see if the Chiefs could beat Brady and beliceck twice in a season. Oh well another lost season and time to look into the what will be and not what is. Did I say I hate this time of the football season?