Jason Whitlock helps demonstrate what the Chiefs are up against this season.
That isn't to say they won't improve but you have seen the results for yourself.
To even have a chance against the Ravens the Chiefs needed to capitalize on mistakes. They did a pretty good job of doing that but in the end, it just wasn't enough. It is because they are a bad team. Reality after the jump.
They showed the level they are at right now in the Raiders game. Against another bad team the Chiefs can move the ball and play pretty good defense. However, they showed their lack of cohesion by blowing the game with mental mistakes and turnovers. What you saw in that game was that the Chiefs have a better QB and overall more talent than the Raiders but that the Chiefs were not disciplined enough to put the Raiders away. How soon the Chiefs improve will depend on how quickly they learn from their mistakes. If they played the Raiders today they may win with no problem, however if they have yet learn not to make stupid plays, they would have a chance of blowing it again.
Against a team like the Eagles, a team of similar talent to the Ravens, you saw what happened when the Chiefs don't catch the breaks they did in week one. The Chiefs were as bad as they looked in this game but as also as bad as their opponent forced them to be.. They also showed their frustration with their lack of ability to compete and helped defeat themselves with penalties. Good teams will force bad teams into cheating as they try even the playing field.
To borrow a quote, "The Chiefs are what we think they are." A young team with a lot of potential and a lot of holes, with a rookie head coach. Each game will be a learning process for this group and this organization. Expect the Chiefs to play about as bad as they did in Phili against the Giants. It makes sense. The Giants are a superior team. Hope the Chiefs play like they did in Baltimore, which is a little more disciplined. Also hope for the Chiefs to force a few bad Giant plays. Hope for some forward steps but don't expect them. It is hard for a young team to make strides against a Super Bowl contender.
Hopefully the Chiefs will continue to improve and the next time they come up against a team that is closer to their level, like the Raiders, they will put them away. If by the end of the year the Chiefs are beating teams they should beat, teams that have a similar talent base as them, then we will know that the team is improving and is learning how to win. Good teams rarely lose games they are supposed to win. Hopefully by the end of the year the Chiefs will be becoming a good team. With that base in place, as they add talent in the off-season, we can hope for further strides to be made next season.
I, like all of you, hope the Chiefs magically make the jump and suddenly become competitive this Sunday. However, we must understand that with this new regime and new philosophy that becoming a good football team will be a process. The Chiefs are likely to take a big step backwards after every tiny step forward.
But at least they'll be moving in the right direction.