...Then what would you do?
In a season where our beloved Chiefs have won only one game so far, we have all heard much advice from one another. This ranges from a common goal to fire Herm, to not so popular ideas like converting Quinn Gray into a defensive end (thanks Parade, I'm always open for something new!). We talk about firing Gunn, getting rid of Herm, trading LJ, benching Sackintosh, and many other issues. However, never have we heard the complete package. So, it is I who places the burden upon you, the reader, to come up with your own personal remedy for the Chiefs. So, to get things started, I will begin with my own.
First off, I would not fire Herm until the end of the year. Despite disagreeing with many things that he has done in the past, I feel as though it is unfair to fire a coach with the personel that we have. However, he would be on an extremely tight leash. There is only so long that a coach can go on in the NFL losing as many games as Herm has, and he is certainly approaching that mark. However, what I would like to see (although not likely at all) is Herm retained as the head of our college scouting department. I am sure a lot of people on this site will disagree, but I personally feel as though Herm has brought in a lot of talent through the draft. It is not very often that a 7th round safety can come in and be a starter by his second year, no matter the quality of his play or the players at his position. That is impressive.
However, I am not so easy with Gunther Cunningham. I personally would like to see the Old Fun' and Gunn fired immediatly. I am well aware of the injuries we have, as well as the rookies we are playing. However, our defense come short on so many fundamentals that it makes me dizzy just thinking about it. Poor cantainment. Poor tackling. Vanilla playcalling. This list can go on and on, but because of the time it would waste that could be used to find a new (and better) DC, I will leave it at that.
As for personel, there are only a few changes I would make. However, I would like to point out that as fans, we do not get to watch practice, making our evaluation of players that much more difficult resulting in assumptions that would make us look like idiots in front of coaches, so I will do my best to keep it short. But, the first move I would make is to have Pollard and Morgan sharing playing time. Bernie has failed to make as many plays as you would hope from your safety, and for being a big hitter (which, I must admit, he is starting to live up to), he still only makes those big hits 8 yards down the field. Morgan, on the other hand, seems to constantly making plays near the line of scrimmage when the opponent runs the ball, and I have yet to see him miss a tackle. Now, I must admit that I have never seen Dajuan make a play on a pass, but judging from his play around the line of scrimmage, can he really be much worse than Burnt Pollard?
I would love to say that Richardson should start over Macintosh, but like I mentioned above, dont you think that they would give him a shot over the sack master by now if he was even close to an upgrade? I would be much more open to atleast giving Herb Taylor a shot on the right side, but I suspect that maybe it is his age that is getting in his way from making the switch to the right side in the NFL. I could be wrong, just my take on things.
That is about it for the changes I would make to the depth chart. There are a few areas that obviously need improvement, but I think that free agency and the draft will more than likely be better suitors for those positions. I know that many on this site feel as though this would be a good idea given the situation he is in at the moment, but I would love to see Julius Peppers in a Chiefs uniform next year. Maybe it's our cap space, maybe it's that he runs with DB's in practice, or maybe it's because he is just so fricken' good in Madden year in and year out!
This would basically be my remedy for this year. As most of you may have noticed, not a lot has changed this year. For me, the significant changes would come next year, pending on what happens for the rest of this year. Anyways, please share your thoughts on what the Chiefs should do, I would love to hear them.
Oh, and two more things:
1) I would start a petition on AP for a daily babe to help everyone get there mornings started!
2)I would fire myself (Carl) after hiring myself (Ben) as the GM for the next 20 years at 5 Million a year before retiring to Tuscany. Ah, the life.