Could the Kansas City Chiefs become NASCAR's equivalent of Dale Earnhardt Jr?
I ask this based on two new developments, although one still may be premature. Scott Pioli, Todd Haley, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel are some big time names in the NFL arena and all have worked together in one capacity or another before. Some could call them the "Dream Team" if they in fact are assembled on one staff soon. Now let's cut to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Back a couple years ago when Dale announced he was leaving his Daddy's team, many teams started bidding for his services. Jr is a talented driver with lots of potential and teamed with the right combination, one would think he was going to be a contender from day one, every year. Well as many know he not only joined arguably the best team in NASCAR, but he joined the team that has dominated the last 15 years of Championships. Hendrick racing is what amounts to a "Dream Team" all in its own without Dale Jr, so the expectations were high. As many know Jr. hasn't done so well, in fact finishing 25th this past season. As a fan of his, I am hoping things get turned around, but as I sit back and watch the Chiefs assemble their staff this off season, I began to ponder that exact question.
Could the Chiefs end up all hype and no substance? I think its possible, but I am hoping the fans alone if not Clark Hunt himself, will continue to hold the Chiefs accountable, to begin this year of putting a competitive team on the field day in and day out. I don't want what happened to Jr to be the same things that happened to the Chiefs if we in fact get our "Dream Team". But Clark and Scott, take a cue from Dick Vermeil and Carl Peterson...Bringing in one coach alone and NOT bringing in more talented players, will not win games alone. See *Gunther Cunningham and the 2004 Chiefs season".
And while researching some info for this "worst post" I came across something very funny, not because of what was said, but who said it,
"This team is starting to define itself, and (the problem) ain't Greg Robinson," defensive tackle Ryan Sims said. "We can't blame Greg anymore. We've given up back-to-back 200-yard games, and Greg Robinson isn't here." Gunther Cunningham wasn't the wrong off season acquisition, but he wasn't enough.He doesn't make tackles. And neither do his players."It's definitely not a scheme thing," middle linebacker Monty Beisel said. "It's people messing up."
So not much has changed with the coaching and schemes or the players. I hope execs at One Arrowhead Drive finally get it this off season, "It aint the coaches, Its THE PLAYERS!"
Here's hoping for a winning season with hope for the future! I am also reminded of a scene in the movie "Grease" during the pep rally for the football team. The football coach is giving a speech and says he hopes they can win the game and finally ring that victory bell they have waited so long to ring. Reminds me of our playoff drought.
Trivia Note* According to a September 16, 1996 Sports Illustrated article titled "The Beat Goes On", Gunther holds the unofficial NFL record for most times the f-word was used in a 40-minute practice. The record stands at 118 times.