A Silver Lining to The 2008 Season

Craig BrownCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 05:  Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks on field during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America on October 5, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alright, I admit after reading the headline to this article, most of you are thinking "what kind of rubbish is this guy selling?"

You may be correct, but in the NFL black hole that is post-draft and pre-camp, we've entered the point of reaching for storylines.  I'm game.

Let's be real, is another off-season decision for Brett Favre all we have to look forward to in the month of May?  I say no.  Let's talk Chiefs football!

The pain and anguish Chiefs' fans endured last season cannot be forgotten.  The replacement of our GM and head coach, as well as numerous organization changes in areas such as the scouting department bare witness to that.

Off-season movement including new veterans Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel, Zach Thomas, Bobby Engram, Mike Goff, and Eric Ghiaciuc indicate this regime is not content with letting the kids figure it out.

It has been said the toughest aspect of winning is learning how to win.  The Chiefs found themselves in the thick of plenty of games last year, but struggled to finish the job. 

Finishing the job is the reason these veterans were signed.  These players know how to win.

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However, the significant game experience our youngsters encountered last year will, no doubt, improve the depth and overall strength of the Chiefs' roster for 2009.

How fortunate are second year players such as Brandon Albert, Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr, and Maurice Leggett to be entering their sophomore seasons battle tested instead of wet behind the ears?

The 2009 version of the Chiefs will be better, not only for the veteran signings and leadership, but also for the significant playing time our younger players already have under their belts.

In a forgettable and miserable 2008, the silver lining may be just around the corner.