In 2013, the Kansas City Chiefs' offseason treated fans to a white-knuckled roller coaster ride, throwing supporters for loops at virtually every turn. This year, local loyalists have felt more like tram-goers, sluggishly treading through the eye of an offseason amusement park while watching peers go from zero to Nirvana at Mach speed.
Roughly a month away from the 2014 draft (May 8-10), things are bound to slowly but surely improve for Kansas Citians.
The Chiefs have severed ties with seven regular starters and/or key contributors, including a trio of trusty staples on the offensive line. Thus far, the ultimate optimist would contend that three players—Vance Walker, Joe Mays and Sanders Commings—will not only fill their respective voids but arguably upgrade them.
Having said that, offsetting three of seven losses is a tradeoff that leaves a sour taste in one's mouth.
Consider this, though: Chiefs general manager John Dorsey obviously wants to build through the draft, and before stepping off the plane at KCI, he spent 14 seasons (1997-1998, 2000-2011) as the director of college scouting for Green Bay.
Within that frame of time, the Packers, who shaped their roster primarily through the draft, only netted two losing seasons, while finishing above .500 on 11 separate occasions. Overall, the team flaunted a 144-80 record, winning 64 percent of their games and securing 10 playoff berths.
Was Dorsey the sole catalyst throughout that impressive stretch? Far from it. But if you doubt the influence of scouting (pro or college), allow me to remind you that during Scott Pioli's four-year reign of tyranny—which, by local standards, seemed less like a bad stretch and more like the Great Depression—the then-Chiefs GM selected just 10 players (in 32 picks) who remain on the active roster.
If you find yourself second-guessing the team's current GM, just remember that he has the ultimate trump card—history—vouching for him in his corner.
In Dorsey's eyes, Kansas City is on the clock—not up against it.