Let's face it people: we're all pretty angry right now with our Chiefs. When your favorite team is 2-7, you shouldn't be happy. If you are happy about that 2-7 record, then you are either: A) wanting the Chiefs to get the #1 overall pick in next year's draft, or B) you are a nutcase. You could be both.
Now I'm going to diffuse the tension here on AP. I'm going to do some Anger Management! Actually I'm just going to analyze some of these issues with our team and come up with positive solutions and friendly reminders.
*I'm angry that we aren't this year's turnaround team (like the 2008 Dolphins). I saw us in the same situation as them. New GM, new head coach, new quarterback, new attitude. We were gonna be competing for the AFC West title this year.
But it hasn't turned out that way and I think I know why. Miami had a very unique situation compared to ours. Bill Parcells is a football mastermind. His hand-picked coach, Tony Sparano, worked under Parcells and their connection was very deep. And Chad Pennington was an excellent pickup. Say what you want about his arm strength: he's sharp as a tack and he's very efficient. He was the ideal triggerman for the team last year while they tried to get Chad Henne up to speed. All of that, throw in some creative playcalling, and guess what? The team took everyone by surprise. Here's something else that contributed to their quick turnaround: they were still a pretty talented squad, despite their 1-15 record. That team probably could have won another 4 or 5 games. But shitty coaching and big-time injuries did them in. So if they won a few more close games they could have been 5-11 or 6-10. A team improving from 6 wins to 11 wins isn't anything new. So their turnaround should not be a total shock.
Why I shouldn't be angry: I need to remind myself that this team is being built like a Parcells-type team. The Tuna model is a proven winner. It may not be quick, but it will pay off well in the long run.
*I'm angry about the coaching. At times I think that our coaching staff is one big fat joke. Tim Kumpie shouldn't be employed at all. And Clancy Pendergrast has shown us all why he got fired from Arizona last year. Haley's playcalling hasn't impressed me either.
Look on the bright side: there are two positives here. First, I still think that despite the quality of these coaches, they are teaching these players to never give up. Just ask Baltimore and Jacksonville. Second, I remind myself that Haley was the last head coach hired this year, and there weren't many top-tier candidates left for Haley to choose from. Kumpie, Clancy, and several others will be gone at the end of the season and Haley will have more options to assemble a better coaching staff.
*I'm angry about Pioli. He's considered to be an excellent personnel man, but what he brought us hasn't been that good. Mike Goff, Zack Thomas, Bobby Engram, Mike Brown: these veteran guys were supposed to be an upgrade, but they just look like Carl Peterson leftovers. Our first draft class hasn't been impresive either. We reached for Tyson Jackson (and almost everyone else from this class). So far, our kicker has made the biggest impact from this class. And on top of that, Matt Cassel hasn't been performing like a $60M man. Pioli is in charge of these decisions.
Take a chill pill. Pioli is the guy that ALL OF US wanted. He's a big reason why the Patriots have been the most successful team of the decade. Last year the FA market was pretty bare. Outside of Albert Haynesworth, nobody really excited me. Pioli deserves a few more years to do his thing, but if we don't substantially improve, Clark Hunt will have no problem pulling the cord on him. Trust me on that.
So, in conclusion, here is the bottom line: as fans, we have a right to be pissed off. We have a right to be mad. But don't give up hope yet. Carl Peterson had 20 years to get us to the Super Bowl. Why can't Pioli get at least 3-5 years? I think it's a little premature to call for the heads of Pioli & Company. Let's try to be positive about this. Now go out there and apply some Anger Management, Chiefs fans!