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Time to Step Up Carl!
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On December 4, 2007 @ 11:49 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
There are times in a mans life that he has to just step back and look at what he has created for himself. Back when Carl Peterson first arrived in Kansas City, the franchise was in a state of total flux. Losing was the name of the game here in town, and there seemed to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Chiefs fans knew nothing about winning for about a decade at that point, other than a meaningless playoff appearance in 1986. Then Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt brought in Carl Peterson to help bring the Chiefs up from the lowest of lows. Carl Peterson accepted the challenge and told the fans of Kansas City that it could be done, and will be done. Then he used a phrase that is still thrown back at him even today, the dreaded “Five Year Plan to a Super Bowl!”
Carl Peterson has no doubt had a major hand in getting the Kansas City Chiefs to the point of having a stadium sellout streak that is closing in on being two decades long. Carl has also made the choices of bringing in people to assist him in making the Chiefs known as winners, like Marty Schottenheimer, Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, Trent Green, and Priest Holmes. Unfortunately Carl fails to see what so many other people have the ability to see, that even great things run their course and come to an end. It has been a five year plan that somehow has adjusted, wiggled, and festered into an 18 year movie re-run. Several Chiefs teams through this stretch of time seemed to have all the pieces in place to win it all, but in the end always seemed to be able to find a way to come up short. Several of the Chiefs teams also seemed to not even have a clue of what they were doing on the field at all, and come up short that way as well. Most times however, the Chiefs always seemed to find a way to dig and poke their way to a mediocre record of 8-8 to 10-6, and just accept that average is the way to go. An average record, and average draft year after year and an average effort to improve the team has become what Kansas City has linked to Carl Peterson.
This past Sunday afternoon should be yet another example to Carl that perhaps the time has come to at least hand over the general manager title to someone with more of a fresher take and better outlook at how player personnel should be handled. In most cases, you would be very hard pressed to find someone that says that Carl is not a good business man, because you can’t say that the Chiefs are not a money maker every year. This has become a franchise that has consistently come up short on expectations year after year, disappointing fans left and right, and having ticket price hike after ticket price hike. Despite all this we all come back and sellout the best stadium in the NFL for every game. Carl Peterson staying to run the business side of the team would be the right thing to do, but as far as the personnel on the field, the time has come for Carl to realize that his time has passed. The feelings of the Kansas City fans are not hidden at all as well. Carl can’t make an appearance in town anywhere without being greeted with a course of loud boo’s. From a Kansas City Brigade game, to home games at Arrowhead, Carl has become the guy that Kansas City has had enough of.
Step up to the plate Carl and accept what is right in front of you, reality. There are people within the NFL who would step into the Chiefs organization as the general manager in a second because of the fan base and history of the team alone. Not to mention that the young talent on the team is on both sides of the ball right now, there are just not enough young talented players at the right positions. The team is not far away from being back in serious playoff contention year after year, it is just not facing the right direction at the moment. Kansas City fans appreciate everything Carl has done to get the organization to where it is and what it has become, but they also know that the time has come to move on to another level of success, because we have been at the average level for long enough. Thank you for all you have done Carl, now can we please actually get “what is best for the organization” like you always say you want?
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