Chiefs fans, it has become painfully obvious that the 1980's have returned. Mohawks are back, Whitney Houston is making music and the Chiefs are now at the painfully among the bottom four teams in the league. The Chiefs NEED to draft their way out of this one and maintain a team that will be young and stable so that these painful times leave soon (even if i like Whitney Houston). Here's my thoughts on what the Chiefs should do after the jump.
First, Haley needs some help. It's commendable that he wants to make it happen on his own but he needs a QB coach and an offensive coordinator BAD; Someone MUST mentor Cassel and have a play-caller to hold the reins to know when to go on fourth down and when to kick it away. That issue has been beaten to death and any Chiefs fan knows that.
Second and probably the most peculiar, the Chiefs are probably going to end up within the top 5 in the 2010 draft (now the Chiefs are 4th before Cleveland, losing the head-to-head tiebreaker); I think they should trade out of it and try to aim for the lower third of the 1st round. The only way that the Chiefs pick that high is if a can't-miss pick is still on the board, say Ndamukong Suh. Some draft watchers even say that the Chiefs should take SS from Tennessee Eric Berry but personally, I don't see giving a DB back top 5 pick money. Right now the Chiefs have been left with way too many holes to fix through one single high pick nor free agency. A decent team stays young, builds through the trenches first, then goes through the other skill positions. Free agency and trades are nice like Mike Vrabel who is practically our on-field defensive coordinator, doing a nice job mentoring and teaching the likes of Tyson Jackson and Tamba Hali but he isn't going to play forever.
If the Chiefs trade out of that top 5 pick and get a lower 1st round pick, they can grab some much-needed draft picks to fill some holes at lineman on both sides of the ball, defensive back and maybe a WR or two. The team may not have that star A+ player getting paid more in 1 game than I would in 5 years but they will get some solid above average players that will play together as a unit, the team will be young and will get better with age, and it will take save some money for the front office so if one of those players becomes an A+ player, the Chiefs can reward him with a richer contract; however with some good drafting the Chiefs may afford to lose an A+ player and stay in good shape but that is YEARS down the road
Bottom line, I hope Pioli knows what he is doing with these picks, trades and free agency acquisitions. Whitney is starting to sound really good to me and I think I see Todd Blackledge coming back.