I'm usually a positive and upbeat, glass-half-full kind of fan, so I will say that I believe the 2011 season to be nothing more than a bump in the road. The Chiefs will get a lot of talent back on the field as long as the aforementioned injured players have healed up nicely and can return to form. That will really help them out.
The Chiefs have more talent from top to bottom than the Browns, and they still managed to win more than five games this season. They haven't reached Cleveland levels—or Herm Edwards' Chiefs levels—of fail yet. It's just that the similarities were too glaring to be ignored.
This team has a well-coached, extremely talented young defense that has proven they can win games with a little help from the offense at times. Getting Eric Berry back will fill the only glaring hole in the unit, and the rest of the defense just keeps getting better. They may have something special working there.
On offense, they're getting a playmaker back in Jamaal Charles, who was coming off of one of the most prolific seasons that any running back has ever had before he got hurt.
If he can get back to top speed, the addition of Breaston and Baldwin in the passing game could actually prove deadly for the rest of the West. Don't forget that Moeaki is coming back, too.
Anyway, GO CHIEFS IN 2012. I see the team winning 10-12 games and winning the AFC West. That's not just homerism talking. As long as the injuries don't linger, I believe that 2011 will be nothing but a dot on the horizon in the rear-view mirror.
Who knows, maybe Chiefs fans can look back at this season and laugh about it... Maybe...