Kansas City Chiefs and the Preseason: It Matters Not!
The Kansas City Chiefs are now 0-3 this preseason.
Gloom and Doom? Does the preseason performance of any NFL team tell what is ahead?
Last year, the Chiefs were 0-3 in their first three preseason games. In the final game of the preseason, they squeaked out a 17-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Put on your memory cap...What were your thoughts last year at this time, with the Chiefs 0-3 in the preseason?
Did you write the team off? Did you assume that what you were seeing in the preseason games was a predictor of what was to come?
The Chiefs went 10-6 during the regular season, captured the AFC West title, and played their first postseason game in three years.
I do remember the predictions of the so-called experts last year at this time: The Chiefs were going to be the joke of the AFC West and the NFL. They were expected to go something like 4-12 and be at the bottom of the league.
After a 3-0 start, no one knew what to think of this team. They kept waiting for the Chiefs to fall down and fit into the mold that those so-called experts had foreseen as the future.
Here we go again!
The Chiefs are 0-3 in the preseason, and everyone is asking, "What is wrong?"
What is wrong with Mat Cassel? Where is the offense? Is the defense ready for this tough schedule?
There is one reality for the Chiefs this season: They have the same team as they had last year, with some additions that look to be an improvement on both offense and defense.
They are in the same division that includes teams that have not really improved over what they were last year. The only other AFC West team that seemed to have made big strides, the Oakland Raiders, fired their coach and tossed their starting QB.
There is really only one team in the AFC West that beefed up their team both on offense and defense.
That team is the Chiefs.
If anyone can tell me that any other team in the West made improvements, tell me what those improvements are.
I will always laugh at the preseason "gurus" who look at the final scores of preseason games and make predictions.
The preseason is one thing and one thing only: It is practice against another team.
I could go through the preseason records of championship teams and teams that did nothing and prove the point, but I don't really need to. Do the work yourself. Look it up!
Preseason means nothing beyond giving the coaches the chance to finalize which players are going to be the starters and which players are going to be cut or put on the practice squad.
This season begins Thursday, September 8th. I will redress this issue about a month after that date. At that time we will have some idea about what this Chiefs team will be. At that time I predict the Chiefs will be 2-2, on their way to another 10-6 season.
In my estimation that will be good for first place in the AFC West, again.
Who knows, maybe the Chargers can do better than 10-6 after giving away Darren Sproles.
I don't think so.
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