I had a dream in January 2009 that the Kansas City Chiefs won the 2010-11 Super Bowl. It wasn’t clear who we beat, but the fact of the matter is we won a Championship. I won’t be foolish enough to say that we are ready to win the big one, however I do believe that we will make the playoffs as a Wild Card in 2010. Aside from my dream, let me tell you why we will make the playoffs next season.
First, we have a weak schedule. We play the Buffalo Bills, the Oakland Raiders twice, the St. Louis Rams, the Seattle Seahawks, the Cleveland Browns, the Tennessee Titans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. We only play three playoff teams from the 2009 season, which are the Indianapolis Colts, the San Diego Chargers, and the Arizona Cardinals. With this schedule we have all the opportunity in the world to make the playoffs in 2010.
Second, we have all the right personnel in the front office, and coaching staff. Scott Pioli can get some free agents to come and play for us, which is something that we have not been able to do with Carl Peterson. Maybe, we could acquire Terrell Owens without wasting a draft pick on a wide receiver. In addition to this, we have Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel who bring that championship attitude that our young ball club desperately needs. More importantly, Charlie Weis brings his collegiate background to help us scout all of the new talent coming out of college this year and the next.
Over the past few years our scouting has “sucked” bad. Most of our draft picks have been busts, at least so far. Players like Glenn Dorsey, who had a mere 54 tackles and one sack, or Tyson Jackson, who had a measly 38 tackles, or Derrick Johnson who only had 37 tackles this year. Brandon Carr got burnt all season, while Jared Page was M-I-A.
We need players to step up like “Mr. Irrelevant” Ryan Succop, and Wallace Gilberry who had 4.5 sacks (who knew), or Jamaal Charles who became the first player in NFL history to record a 1,000 yard season with under 200 carries, or Tamba Hali who had 62 tackles and 8.5 sacks, and I can’t forget Chris Chambers who played half a season and still had an average of 16.9 yards per catch with his 36 receptions that ranked 3rd in team annals.
Moving forward, over the last eight games of the season the Chiefs were 3-5 and three of those losses were by seven points or less, which means we could have been 6-2 during the second half of the season. Our offense improved during this span, and so did our defense. These are promising efforts on behalf of the lowly Chiefs.
Although, we should pursue NFL free agents that have a proven record in this league, I also look forward to the 2010 draft.
I believe that we should draft Rolando McClain from Alabama, who is the first linebacker from the University of Alabama since Derrick Thomas to win the Butkus Award. With him we can start a playoff run just like we did when we drafted “The Great One.” We are a very young team with plenty of talent, and now we have the brand named coaches to expound on the talent that we have in Kansas City. Playoffs here we come!