Unfortunately, the Chiefs win last week engendered false hope among many fans. Somehow, we thought LJ was back, Bowe would become more consistent, the Defense had broken out of the 32nd in the league ranking and Matt Cassell would continue to play at a "Trent Green" level. While Todd Haley's bad call to go for it on 4th and 2 in the first quarter helped contribute to the avalanche that was 37-7, the reality is that as was the case versus the NY Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles -- the Chiefs just can't fall behind and win -- PERIOD.
LJ sure Haley only played golf in college but so what? Is that the excuse you want us to look at while you continue to go to the ground after first contact? Even last week after carrying the ball 25 times you couldn't even break 100 yards and your long run of the year is 17 yards. I'm thinking Shaun Alexander could do better than that. Face it folks, we won last week not on the back of Larry Johnson but on the foot of Ryan Succop. Our offense has been terrible all year and the only time we've been in games is because the defense has flashed at times (see Baltimore, Oakland, and Washington).
You can blame this all you want on the head coach, the General Manager, KC Wolf, et al. but the reality is players have to have some pride and make some plays. Today the D didn't generate a pass rush and a good QB (I really hate saying it about Mr. Cocky Rivers) will pick you apart. Also, when your offensive line averages giving up 4 sacks per game and your team is 4th in the league in penalties you don't win. Again, the Chiefs DO NOT have the talent to make mistakes and come close to winning. Last week against a bad Washington team, we barely won playing mistake-free football and containing a couple big plays against our defense. This week against a talented and slightly agitated (from their Monday night debacle vs Denver) Chargers team we imploded.
We can debate the whole "it's a process" statement until we are blue in the face but what do you want them to do now? Fire Haley and then what (that doesn't change the talent level)? If it makes you feel better to complain that the "arrogant" coach won't play our superstar linebacker from Texas (who by the way, 14 other teams passed on because they didn't think he was superstar material) then do it but just because he plays doesn't mean his last name will change to Thomas.
People make mistakes. The question is, "what are they doing to try and fix it?" I for one believe that Haley and Pioli are trying to correct what's wrong with this team. Correcting the talent level will take time and a little luck, for most fans this won't come soon enough.
The reality is both Haley and Pioli have been mentioning (ever since they arrived) how big a task this re-build is. My question to you is, "Did you listen when they said this and did you believe them?" or did you allow the hype of a new coach and GM to raise your hopes higher than reality? I believe the Chiefs will win again but it will take time.