I wanted to get a catchy title to bring in the readers... :D
Anyways, the news with the Chiefs is slow (as to be expected with the new management) and I've read a lot of posts on here about how good do fans expect the Chiefs to be this year. A lot expects great things. Playoffs this year, Super Bowl the next. That's great and I would LOVE that to be the case.
Other's think the Chiefs would be pushing 6-10...if that. That might be the case as well with a young defensive line like we have and playing a new defensive scheme. I can understand that and wouldn't be all that surprised if that were the case.
Others think we will be the middle of the road at a 7-9, 8-8, 9-7. Not like the Miami Fishies or the Atlanta Divebomber Birds, but respectable and possibly winning the division. (That is brought up in great debate here and that is something I'm going to sit on the fence on until I see something in the season to sway me either way)
I want to talk about the middle of the road. Is that really all that bad for us? With as weak a division we're in now and the new offensive/defensive changes we're making and the new draft picks coming in? I personally would think of our team breaching the mediocre stage this year is like making the playoffs.
Now, I know it's not neccessarily the playoffs. If we didn't make the playoffs or win our division but was a mediocre 7-9 I would be just as thrilled as if we did make the playoffs. Why, you may ask? Easy. Because of the accomplishments that we made, the trust we have in our new management (Pioli) and our new HC (Haley) and with the new offensive/defensive scheme coming together to pull out at least 7 wins from a recent 2-14 season...that's a feat in and of itself.
As the draft approached I was hearing (and saying) all the things that we needed for our team to be contenders. Pass rush was my biggest argument because I wasn't so sure as how good Tamba Hali could do standing up in a new position as an OLB. We all threw out our ideas but pass rush, a new hybrid OLB/DE was what we wanted...needed, even!
The draft came and went and what we got from all our arguments and ideas...our hopes, dreams, and fears for our picks in the first 2-3 rounds were...defensive linemen. Just like last year. yay...
For some, this was a blessing because in what Pioli had said from when he first took the job as GM was that to build a team you need to build from the line out and that's what it appeared he was doing.
For others it was outrage that our biggest needs (OL, pass rushing OLB/DE) were ignored and we were going to fall into another dismal 3-13 to 4-12 season and that's NOT what we want for our team.
Weeks have come and gone since the draft and after evaluating and thinking hard on the players that we have and what they are trying to do (at least on defense) I've come to understand and accept the "Pioli Way" and all that it entails. Our defensive line needed A LOT of help to get ready for the new 3-4 scheme that we are going to run. (Yes, I understand it's a 4-3 under; a hybrid of the 3-4) At after looking at how the rest of our division seems to be faring and our schedule that we face this year a 7-9, 8-8, 9-7 team win or lose the division is an accomplishment in and of itself and goes above and beyond the "step in the right direction" that we want our team to make. It's at the doorway to our goal and ready to step through and claim the prize.
I know I could've shortened this, but it's slow news and I thought that sharing my thoughts on all that's happened leading up to the draft and the craziness that inssued afterwards could break up the mediocrity that is setting with our lack of news.
I also want to add that I now believe that Tamba can do the job as the pass rushing OLB/DE hybrid we were wanting in this draft. His frame wasn't built for what Herm wanted from him and he has the speed but can only utilize it at a weight that his body can work with. 250-260 is perfect for him and I seriously think he will do a GREAT job at that position.
Thanks for reading my thoughts and please share what you guys think of what I had to say or how you think the team will fare this year.