How does that poem go?
"Somewhere birds are chirpping, somewhere people are laughing,somewhere kids are playing…but there is NO Joy IN MUDVILLE. MIGHTY CASEY HAS STRUCK OUT."
Well something like that, huh?
Yes, it was a fast death.
The Chiefs/Chargers game ended early in the second quarter as the score hit 14-0 and we all knew it was o-v-e-r. Brodie Croyle’s strange, too long career ended in the fourth quarter as he was replaced by the number 301 backup quarterback. Rather third string quarterback. Yikes. Croyle will be released as soon as the season is over. And I would be suprised if he makes another NFL roster.
Hey, the guy banked a few million bucks just for showing up a few seasons, not bad for old Brodie.
But all good things must end.
As for these Chiefs, rather then go over an ugly game – because it was just a fun day for the Chargers running up and down the field on our Chiefs – lets take a moment and be honest.
The Chiefs are an average NFL team. They aren’t good and they aren’t awful. Average.
They can usually beat bad teams at home, a couple on the road and well, that’s about it.
With three games left it’s an uphill battle again. The Chiefs with The Franchise, Matt Cassel, could win all of them or lose two of them. St. Louis will be favored no matter who starts. Hopefully Cassel or we have no chance to win -none.
The Titans are a mess so we should win that one at home. The Raiders, hard to say. They too are average but could beat us even with Matt.
So without some luck, the Chiefs go 9-7 and are out of the playoffs.
Sure, the Chargers might get upset again. But that’s not likely. They play nobody. However in the NFL anyone can beat you, ask Green Bay (that lost to 2-10 Detroit Sunday). It happens.
A few readers mentioned there are no elite teams this year. That’s not true, New England is elite,
So is Atlanta and the Steelers. And the Eagles are right behind them. These are teams the Chiefs have no chance against if we play them. Fortunately, we don’t.
I know we all hate an "I told you so" guy, but I refer to my column last week when I heard the Franchise would miss (at least) this past Sunday’s game: "TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTIES OVER."
So sad, so true. We went all through the Brodie Croyle b.s. on talk radio and in the Star last week. As I remember it some people were saying, "Boy its better to lose Cassel, then to lose Tamba Hali, Jamaal Charles or D-Bowe."
Again I will remind all of my Chiefs fans, Matt Cassel is the most valuable player on this team, period.
We can’t beat anyone without the Franchise.
You all saw that Sunday. Many said, "Well Brodie has a strong arm, and with our system it really doesn’t matter who is back there."
Really? Think so? Uh, no, it does matter.
Granted even with the Franchise we likely would have been beaten, maybe like 24-14. Who knows? They are a much better team then we are. They just are. Hey average is an improvement over awful.
The Chiefs have been awful for too long.
Todd Haley and Scott Pioli will buy a wide out, likely Larry Fitzgerald from Arizona. They will hopefully buy a D lineman or two, find a younger center and at least one or two more offense lineman. Draft a couple line backers – we don’t have any great ones yet. Derrick Johnson has gone on vacation since he signed his big contract.
Here’s something else I talked about.
WE DON’T HAVE THIS GREAT RUNNING GAME. We don’t. It’s good not great. Needs work, Thomas Jones will likely not be here much longer – he can’t get the short yards when needed as I said. Charles is a star, but needs some help. So we will draft a big back as well. Yes when you are average you need new guys. At least we can identify where we need help now.
I hated to be right on this from last week.
Like you I wanted more, I wanted the postseason. Guess what, we have to earn it and we didn’t. Maybe Matt comes back, the team gets fired up and we win all three games. That would be nice. It just doesn’t feel that way right now,does it?
"Somewhere birds are singing…."