This is my first fanpost, so correct me if I do anything wrong (but cut me a little slack). First of all, my apologies if the title is a bit ambiguous. I was originally going to title it "A Different Perspective", but I think I have seen posts in the past with that title, and I wanted something "catchy". Anyway…
I think there are a couple of things that fans are overlooking when getting down on the current state of the Chiefs:
1) This is pretty obvious, but people tend to forget sometimes. Todd Haley was brought in LATE and resultantly did not have much to pick from in terms of assembling his coaching staff. I put the primary amount of blame for this on Clark Hunt and his "slow and methodical approach" that he preached about. It would not surprise me to see two new coordinators next off-season. Which sucks, as this will cause a need for more transition time. In any case, regardless of the situation, he was, in fact, brought in very late.
2) I am not sure a lot of people realize this second point, and it is really the main reason for my writing this. If you were to speak of the Chiefs team that this regime inherited and the ONLY thing you were to say was, "they only won six games in the last the two years", you would actually be painting a picture of the Chiefs that was OVERLY FLATTERING!
Why, you ask? I will be happy to elucidate.
This team not only won a paltry six games in two years, they managed to be ON THE DECLINE FOR THE ENTIRETY OF THOSE TWO YEARS WHILE DOING IT! Four games were won in the first seven games of the first season, followed by losing the last nine in a row, ending at 4 – 12. The following season was 2 – 14. This team was GETTING WORSE!
In summary, I guess my point is that the first step in getting things on the right track is NOT to improve this team, but to STOP IT FROM GETTING WORSE. We first have to put the skids on the previous path of declination. If we manage one more win this year that has been accomplished. When you also consider that, while attempting this task, Haley has a coaching staff that is not likely made up of members that were high on his list of preference, it is not surprising where the Chiefs are at currently.
Just my perspective. Go Chiefs!