To the Chiefs' Fan: Have No Fear!!
Much has been said about the new regime in Kansas City.
Are they doing enough?
Why aren't they spending the money on big name free agents?
Why isn't Matt Cassel signed to a long term deal?
So many questions and no answers.
I am here to tell you this, have no fear.
The fact that we are chomping at the bit should be enough to get you excited about the Kansas City Chiefs and the prospects of the upcoming season. When was the last time you were excited about the Chiefs at this time of the year. It has been a while!
Some people are saying that the Chiefs were bad last year and they will be bad this year. Honestly, nobody knows how the Chiefs will do this year. The Chiefs don't even know. Their roster has changed so much since their last game, 32 percent roster turnover is a lot of turnover. We do not know how this group will work together. Will they gel? We don't know. We assume they will be better, but we do not know how much better.
Others are saying that the Chiefs did not do enough in the draft. I agree. I was so so so hyped for the draft. I watched the whole thing. I have never watched the draft before. I noticed one thing. Every team wanted to trade down because this year's draft wasn't that good, talent wise. I guess the Chiefs could have been over aggressive to prove to me they were serious, but that would have tied up a bunch of money on mediocre talent that would not help the team in the long run.
Haley and Pioli are known for their ability to evaluate talent. If they say there was no talent maybe we should believe them. They would seem smart to add a draft pick in next year's draft if they felt the draft pool was better next year—wink, wink.
The other thing is free agency. Why haven't the Chiefs signed every free agent out there?
There are three periods in free agency, sellers market, need market, and buyers market.
The sellers market is for the BIG names. The players who have performed at a pro bowl type caliber. It is a sellers market because the team will overpay to be assured of signing the player.
The needs market are the upper level players that are available. A team has a need and they see a player, one player, that would fill that need. There is a tight rope that teams walk here. They see a player that they want and the longer they wait, the better deal the team will get.
Players like Mike Goff fit this mold. Pioli saw a player that he would like to add. He waited until he felt other teams might be interested and then he made the move. It is a risk that each team takes and it has bit some teams. It is about getting the best value for the team.
The third market is the buyers market. For us, this would be like buying a lawnmower after the mowing season and getting it for half price. Same mower for half the cash.
Players start feeling the heat and they start worrying about getting signed. A team then comes to him with a lower than he wanted offer and he takes it so that he can have a job. These are the types of players the Chiefs want.
To Chief fans I say, have no fear. There are 32 wide receivers still available in free agency. There are 39 offensive line men available. If Larry Johnson doesn't work out, there are 28 running backs still available. If there is a need, there are good players still available. Of those 99 players, some will be in a Chiefs' uniform next year.
Now its your turn, what free agent still out there would fit into a need for the Chiefs?
To the Chief fan, have no fear!!
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