The team’s fall from grace has been hard to watch or deal with if you are a Kansas City fan. In fairness to the Chiefs, it was just a few weeks back when they were atop the NFL. That’s what we still have to take with us from this lost season, those first five weeks.
Nobody expected much of this wounded team from what was left of last season’s two-seed playoff team that was taken down at home by the Steelers. And the fact that we were playing the first game of the season on a Thursday night against the world champion New England Patriots with Tom Brady. The Chiefs were on national tv against the Babe Ruth of pro football.
KC was a huge underdog, as they should have been. Outside of future quarterback Pat Mahomes, the Chiefs had added little to its squad to make it better – save a couple of so-so draft picks, including rookie Kareem Hunt at running back.
You know the rest…
The Pats rolled on us early, until Eric Berry made a 4th down stop against them deep in Chiefs territory. Then the new kid, Hunt, after starting with a fumble, went nuts and ran all over New England.
Alex Smith outplayed “Babe Ruth” the rest of the game.
Smith hit a bomb to Tyreek Hill for a big touchdown. Travis Kelce was on fire as well, Chris Conley made some nice grabs. Everything worked, trick plays, shovel passes, the whole works. Kansas City upset the world champs in their home.
Wow, what a start.
It continued with the Chiefs not only going 5 and 0, but being ranked No. 1 in the NFL by just about everyone. The Chiefs were talked about on every sports show as the best team in the NFL. We even defeated the looking-Super Eagles. That would be their only loss this season thus far in what looks like a year they may not lose another game in the regular season.
Those were the days and we had them…
Alex Smith was considered a possible MVP, Kareem Hunt rookie of the year and surely Tyreek Hll and Travis Kelce would be AllPpros. We had NFL smiles on our faces. Then came that Pittsburgh game.
We all know the rest of the story, it was not pretty and very sad for all of us fans.
Yet the Chiefs gave us some smiles and pride for those first five weeks.
More than any other team or NFL city had at the time we were on top of the world with dreams of that special season.
Alright it didn’t happen.
We are upset, pissed and let down.
Yet if we are truly honest with ourselves, it wasn’t meant to be from the start.
We all knew that wasn’t a championship defense with so many holes and injured, aging linebackers. We lost Eric Berry in game one and had no replacement. Alex Smith is a solid journeyman quarterback, but he’s no Tom Brady or anything close – and he never will be, folks.
Alex is like Kansas City, with a will to be better, to be the best, but in too many ways the odds are just stacked against him and us.
Still he battles, he tries, he works hard, just like we all do trying to be great.
Maybe thats what makes us tick, the effort to be better to be the best, when few think we can ever do that.
The Kansas City Chiefs gave us those five weeks, thats what we will be left with this season. Those brief, shining moments. To be honest it was far more than we expected.
So Chiefs, thanks for that and perhaps playing over your heads for those five weeks.
Now we turn our attention to the future and dreams of greatness another day.