Yes, bringing in new GM Scott Pioli and Head Coach Todd Haley was a great first step in changing what has become a losing culture; but knowledgeable Chiefs fans know that a resurrection won't happen overnight. Nor will it happen with the players on this team.
The roster, loaded with first and second year players, is simply nowhere near where it needs to be from a talent perspective to contend anytime soon.
Even worse, the team's offensive line doesn't even come close to reminding Chiefs fans of the dominant lines that included the likes of Roaf, Shields, Grunhard, and company. This line has become a carousel of discarded big bodies from other teams, and is possibly the worst in the league this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, while an argument could be made that Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr are a poor man's Albert Lewis and Kevin Ross, almost no one else in this unit could start for a team with a winning record in this league.
It seems like it wasn't that long ago when the Chiefs roster was filled with All-Pro's and the weekend plans of everyone in Kansas City somehow centered around Sunday's game.
For the folks in town that aren't football fans, they knew they had free reign of the grocery stores and malls anytime there was a Chiefs game going on. That's not true anymore, as long-time Chiefs fans are trying to find anything to do but watch this team on Sundays.
That's what happens when your team loses 15 of their last 16 games and goes six for their last 36.
This Sunday, Kansas Speedway was packed to capacity with NASCAR fans for the race that comes once a year. And while the event brings in thousands of race fans from all over the midwest, there was once a time when NASCAR thought that going head to head with a Chiefs home game was a no-win situation.
However, for Chiefs season ticket holders who also have race tickets, it has become a no-brainer deciding what event they'd rather go to. Tony, Junior, Jimmie, and company hardly ever disappoint; something Haley's Chiefs can't say right now.
Even during week's when the racing boys aren't in town, Chiefs fans have already written off this season. Drive through any Kansas City neighborhood no more than a quarter into any game, and there are more fans outside mowing the grass than inside watching the game.
It has become simply too painful to watch this season. Throw in Haley's weekly circus of motivation through player demotions, and fans are already tired of this team.
Chiefs fans have only two things left to wonder about through the remainder of this season:
- What college superstar will the team be able to draft somewhere in the first five picks in April's draft?
- How long can quarterback Matt Cassel survive with absolutely no pass protection?
While you ponder those two questions, I've got some yard work to do.
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