It’s clear from Sam Mellinger‘s column Sunday about the Chiefs that he’s been reading me…
Sam jumped on the Chiefs and called them out, agreeing pretty much with all of my positions. Because they’re correct.
Mellinger made it clear that last year’s team was average at best. And by seasons end. below average.
The Chiefs went 2-5 to end the year. At times they had a decent defense, but they had no passing game and a spotty running game with Jamaal Charles making some big runs. But since our offense is not on the field very long it wears down our defense.
Sam pointed out that least 3 of our wins were due to pure luck or breaks. And against poor teams that outplayed the Western Division Champs, including the Bills and Cleveland.
Most importantly, Sam also said the Chiefs are sandbagging this season. They know they can’t compete for a title so it will be another practice year to try and find the right 52 guys (as Todd Haley will tell you all season, while we lose more than we win).
We got no big name players from free agency, because we’re cheap. Meaning this year’s Chiefs will have no glamor and very little presence on ESPN or in the national limelight.
All of that can change if the team becomes a winner.
So the Chiefs had two phony seasons, the first in 2003 when we started 9-0 and ended up 13-3 and got jacked by the Colts at home in the playoffs. We had the NFL’s All Time worst defense and every NFL team knew that by season’s end. Then last year we were gifted the division. And by the way everyone knows that in the media the Chiefs were NEVER taken seriously all year, never.
This will be the year of MATT.
Can he be the quarterback to lead this team to a Super Bowl in a few years? The Chiefs hired Jim Zorn, to find out.
Thus far let’s be honest, the guy I dubbed THE FRANCHISE, has been a major disappointment. He is not the guy we saw playing for New England. His arm is soft, his release is one of the slowest in league history. He seems unsure where to go with the ball.
Remember, John Elway’s greatest moments weren’t his Super Bowl years. They were the early years when he had to create an offense because his stunk. He did that. Matt has not.
It’s Matt’s job to FIND A WAY to win and move the ball. Not to say, "My receivers suck, my line sucks." Oh they do. We all know that. And Matt doesn’t actually say that, but you can see him thinking that. I think Matt can get there, but it has to be now.
It’s time to become a top 7 or 8 quarterback or we need to look for someone else. A team manager like Trent Green is not what we need.
Good job, Sam. Glad to see we see eye to eye. Keep on top of those guys. I know you will.