Next Year; a term Chiefs fans have been accustomed to since the beginning of the Marty era in 1989. Every year we've developed hope, only to have it crushed by seasons end. This year, 2009, is no different. We all have hope that Matt Cassel would be our first franchise quarterback since Len Dawson, and Scott Pioli and co. would lead this team to a superbowl. We expected results not necessarily wins. This year, we are getting neither, but before you light a fire to Scott Pioli's house, let me explain why next year will be our year to make strides.
This offseason was primarily spent searching for a new GM, and once we found him, he had to evaluate everything on the football side of the organization, which led to the firing of Herm Edwards. This caused even more of a delay to find a new head coach. Once we hired Todd Haley, Pioli and Haley had to evaluate the whole team by looking at tape of a 2-14 team running a spread offense with a 3rd string qb. Then they went ahead and brought in a new quarterback, and switched defensive schemes.
In turn, we can't expect that many strides this year. Pioli was hired about 1/3 of the way through the offseason, had to hire a coach, the coach had to hire more coaches, then scrap together a team that could be presentable. My guess is that once Pioli has a full offseason to work with and more knowledge of the team's weaknesses, he will go to work with free agency and bring in players to make an impact on this roster. Next year is the year we should be expecting 7-9 wins, not this year. This year we are just trying to keep Matt Cassel alive. That's my take on this, and I'm willing to wait if we can build a solid, continuous, consistent team for years to come.