A regular football fan would look at the Kansas City Chiefs and think that they are a real disappointment and their fans are in for some painful years.
4-12 record, 23rd in total offense, 29th in total defense, and a lot of disappointment in the 2009 Kansas City Chiefs season.
However, I think there is a lot of room for hope for the future.
I, personally, like nothing better than fixing things and the Kansas City Chiefs are as broken as a TV with an axe in it after a certain person disagrees with a commercial.
The Chiefs hired Scott Pioli, the former Vice President of Player Personnel for the New England Patriots, as their General Manager. His credentials speak for themselves, having won multiple Executive of the Year awards and is known for executing trades for Wes Welker and Randy Moss for the Patriots.
This is a guy who knows football, he knows how to put a roster together, and I have every confidence in this man's abilities to turn around the Chiefs.
They need better talent at multiple positions, and they have the 5th overall pick in the draft to get it done.
The Chiefs should use that pick on Rolando McClain for their defense because they need that more than they do offense.
They have a quarterback in Matt Cassel, who despite his initial stats of 16 passing touchdowns to 16 interceptions and only 2,924 yards passing, is a good quarterback. I watched him play against the Cowboys and he scared me. When given protection, he can disect a defense.
They also have Jamaal Charles at running back and despite being Larry Johnson's backup for a large portion of the year, he still gained 1,120 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.
They still have Dwayne Bowe at wide receiver and Chris Chambers was picked up after the Chargers cut him, so Cassel has targets to throw to.
I think they need to focus on keeping the offense on the field, and the best way to do that is to get their defense to force three-and-outs.
I looked at film of Rolando McClain and here is my scout report.
He's quick on his feet, very explosive, can use some improvement on wrapping up at times. He can play coverage, doesn't go for the interception usually though. He is very good at stopping the run.
He is not a good blitzer. He gets sacks when he's untouched only. I haven't seen any film of him fighting off a lineman or back and grabbing the quarterback. He can, however, maneuver himself to the side of the lineman to grab a running back.
However, he plays middle linebacker and the Chiefs can put him there, and he can just play from tackle to tackle.
Very smart guy, a team leader to me. He's able to be fooled as shown on the reverse Auburn used against Alabama for a touchdown, but they are called rookies for a reason.
I think with a good teacher as a coach, he can become a real student of the game.
It is hard to judge National Championship teams or big bowl teams in general because you don't know who the real great players are and who are the ones that looked great, but were along for the ride in the long run.
However, I think while McClain did have Mount Cody in front of him, I think he's still a great player plus his brother plays fullback for the Baltimore Ravens.
That's strong evidence in his favor when you wonder if he can last in the long run.
Kansas City needs to make the right moves and I think McClain is the best pick for them with his athletic ablility and the need for a stronger defense.