For a fan base that is as loyal as the Chiefs fans, they deserve to have their team win some games.
Fear not, Chiefs fans, your days are coming. They just won't be this year.
The Chiefs are in the midst of a rebuilding process, and it is going according to plan.
The plan started out stealing one of the best GMs in the business from the New England Patirots, Scot Pioli. Pioli had built three Super Bowl champions with the Patriots, and he is bringing that formula to the Chiefs.
The first order of business was to get the coach the team needed, and did so in Todd Haley. He then brought back the two men who assisted the most in the construction of the team of the '00s, Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis.
Even though all of the pieces are not yet in place, the moves the Chiefs made are going to pay dividends for years to come.
Matt Cassell is working into the system, and will improve under Weis. Remember, Weis is attributed with the beginning of Tom Brady's career, when Brady played his best.
I have to imagine that the new Patriots—I mean, Chiefs—are going to run a similar style as the Pats did earlier in the decade. That means there will not be a great emphasis on the run. But when they do run, Jamaal Charles will fit the role well.
The Chiefs don't have any amazing receivers, but Dwayne Bowe and Chris Chambers will be good for the dink-and-dunk system that is coming to KC.
As for the defense, I LOVE the addition of Eric Berry for the long term. He is going to be a good mixture of Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed. He will be an asset years into the future. I am not one who puts a lot of stock in rookies, but I really believe that Berry could be the best player that comes out of the 2010 NFL Draft.
As for the rest of the defense, the Chiefs have a great foundation they are building from. Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson are a great base for a defensive line, and as they grow, will give many teams a lot of problems.
But overall, the Chiefs are not quite ready to take that next step to the playoffs. They are going to need a year under their new coordinators to establish their identity.
They will though—just not this year.
My prediction: The Chiefs improve, but not enough to push their way into the top half of the division. They finish in third place in the West with a 7-9 record.
I know it is the same as what I said for the Raiders, but they will lose the tie-breaker.
On another note—I would like to make a future prediction. After the 2010 season, the Chiefs and Raiders will control the West for the next four to five years.
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