How Matt Cassel-Todd Haley Could Be Replaced by Andrew Luck-Bill Cowher
Sometimes we really do need Robin Williams to hug us and repeatedly tell us that it’s not our fault.
I’d advise fans of the Kansas City Chiefs to keep Good Will Hunting near the DVD player or queued up on Netflix at all times. It’s going to be a long season.
However, I’m here to provide you with a light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve looked into the future, put my hands on a crystal ball, stolen the sports almanac from Back to the Future II, and I have good news for you.
The Chiefs will win the 2013 Super Bowl.
Go ahead, re-read that last sentence, I’ll wait.
Yep, you read that correctly. Congratulations in advance. Apparently it's going to be really exciting.
How did it happen you ask?
Here are five notable new faces that my Back to the Future II Sports Almanac says will play a major part in the 2013 Super Bowl.
1. Bill Cowher
The Kansas City Chiefs ended the 2011 season at 2-14.
They pulled out a win against Chicago late in the year to get their second win, but it wasn't enough to save Todd Haley's job.
Rumors had swirled throughout 2011 that Haley was losing the team, and repeated in-game fighting between players and coaches ultimately cost Haley his job.
The 2-14 Chiefs were an attractive option for Bill Cowher who had been linked to seemingly every open head coaching opportunity for several years.
Cowher was intrigued by what he felt was an easily fixable situation in Kansas City.
Jamaal Charles was coming back from injury in 2012 and the Chiefs would get the first overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Additionally, the Chiefs had already built a solid foundation of skill players on the defensive side of the ball that Cowher felt he coach into stars.
2. Andrew Luck
With the fist pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select - Andrew Luck.
Luck proved to be the once in a generation superstar that the entire league envisioned. He led Kansas City to a 9-7 record in his rookie season before getting knocked out of the playoffs by Cowher's old team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Luck took things to a whole new level in 2013. The Chiefs improved to 12-4 and Luck threw for 4,512 yards with 33 td's and only 11 interceptions.
3. Keenan Allen
Keenan Allen was drafted by the Chiefs with the 17th overall pick of the 2013 draft.
Allen struggled early, only catching five passes in his first three NFL games.
An early season game against Denver seemed to turn things around for him though. He caught 11 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns as the Chiefs defeated the struggling Broncos 45-9.
He posted at least 5 catches in every game for the rest of the 2013 season, including a star making performance in the AFC Championship game against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers - the same team that had knocked the Chiefs out of the playoffs the year before.
4. DeSean Jackson
After a rough season in Philadelphia that saw the Eagles finish 9-7 and not make the playoffs, DeSean Jackson was ready to move on.
Most experts predicted the Eagles to win the Super Bowl in 2011 and when that didn't happen the Philadelphia fans and media started pointing fingers and Jackson had enough.
The prospect of playing for Cowher, Luck, and the enormous stack of money that the Chiefs threw at him persuaded him to come to Kansas City.
The Chiefs had to let Dwayne Bowe sign with Jacksonville in free agency, so Jackson struggled a bit as the number one receiver in 2012.
That's why he was happier than anyone when the Chiefs drafted Keenan Allen from his former college.
Jackson flourished in 2013 as the bigger and more physical Allen demanded double teams, leaving Jackson free to roam the middle of the field and make big plays.
5. Mario Williams
Mario Williams may have been the biggest addition to the new look Chiefs.
Williams posted a career high 17 sacks in 2012 and his consistent pressure helped showcase the talents of the Chiefs excellent young secondary.
Eric Berry and Brandon Flowers were named to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2013 and Brandon Carr nabbed a career high six interceptions.
Williams forced a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter of the 2013 Super Bowl when Matthew Stafford lost the ball after a blind side sack by Williams.
Luck would lead the Chiefs down the field for the game winning field goal with just 42 seconds remaining and Detroit was ultimately unable to answer.