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Here's a snippet from C.E. Wendler at Warpaint Illustrated..




I thought you might find the comparisons interesting and was responding to the petition for help since Joel's computer is down. This is not mine or AP's. This is just a cut and paste of some paragraphs from WPI.

"Did Haley do the right thing? Right now, it looks bad, but we have no way of knowing. If the Chiefs are this bad on offense at the end of the season, certainly Haley might look foolish for scrapping Gailey's attack, which had some success last year. But sometimes you have to take two steps backwards to take a step forward. Maybe that’s what this is all about, why Haley is so willing to take the heat.

It wasn’t so long ago (2001) that Dick Vermeil came to town and did the same thing. The year before Vermeil arrived the Chiefs had a top 10 offense, Elvis Grbac went to the Pro Bowl, and the team was two or three wins away from making the playoffs. There didn’t appear to be any reason to scrap the offense.

But that’s exactly what Vermeil did. He dumped Grbac, traded for his own quarterback, installed a completely new offense and then the growing pains started. The quarterback, Trent Green, was terrible, the offense averaged only 17 points during the first six games, and in five of the first eight games the Chiefs had less than 300 yards of offense.

There were plenty of turnovers, missed assignments and players not knowing where they were supposed to line up. It was not that different than it is today. The Chiefs started 1-6, fans were booing, plenty of people probably thought Vermeil was a complete buffoon.

But by the end of the season, the situation improved drastically. Over the last five games, Vermeil’s offense averaged 24 points and well over 300 yards a game. The Chiefs won four of their last seven games" end quote.

I didn't realize that we started out even worse under Vermeil, who as we all know is an offensive mastermind and turned us into the NFL's premiere offense. We outscored, out ran and out played the high powered starlit Colts and Petyont Manning. So I guess we do need keep a chin up and stay positive. We can't expect miracles in 3 games. We still don't even have a team yet. Roster spots are constantly changing and players are still coming and going like crazy.

Anyway. I just wanted to help contribute in Joel's absence, as I have enjoyed this site so much due to the hard work and dedication of the staff here at AP. Thanks guys.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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